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Andy Williams' Kaleidoscope Company (1968)

A one hour musical special that aired on April 28, 1968 on NBC and was sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken. Guest stars included: Ray Charles and The Raylettes, Burt Bacharach, Simon & ... See full summary »

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A one hour musical special that aired on April 28, 1968 on NBC and was sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken. Guest stars included: Ray Charles and The Raylettes, Burt Bacharach, Simon & Garfunkel and Mama Cass Elliott. Quite interesting use of the kaleidoscope meaning with appropriate for the time psychedelic backgrounds and some excellent music. Written by Chad Quick

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Andy Williams' "Kaleidoscope Company" one hour music variety special was video taped at the Burbank NBC TV Studios, Stage 2, during the 1967 summer. The program's premise, suggested by the Production Designer Jim Trittipo, was to open, during Andy Williams first musical production number, with a series of cuts; Andy featured in mirrored framed box settings reflecting his face and body as in a kaleidoscope! The first mirrored set was a huge triangle tunnel set, with the camera shooting through a miniature duplicate mirrored tunnel camera framed port. The second cut, a mirrored eight foot square box, a second duplicate miniature mirrored box (approximately 16" mirrored interior sided box, open at front and back) as the camera port. The third cut was another larger mirrored 10' square box set, the back wall mirrored, with the front of the set, fitted with a two way mirror for the RCA color-television cameras to shoot straight into the full front faced standing Andy Williams. This musical production number introduced the show's "kaleidoscope" theme. Each production number involved mirrored scenery reflecting performers based upon the camera angles. Burt Baccarat's orchestra background behind his ebony concert grand piano was framed in a series of half "bowl" profiles studded with mirror panels. Mama Cass performed upon a four foot high sixteen foot diameter drum platform, with the drum sides painted with a matching pop-art floral design copied from Mama's full length gown costume, round mirrors reflecting, as reflections, repeating the performers' costume patterns of reflective baubles. The costumes and scenery co-ordinated in a wash of the white muslin and scrim cyclorama background. See more »

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Always Something There to Remind Me
Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Performed by Andy Williams, Burt Bacharach on piano
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Welcome to Andy Williams in 1968!
22 February 2016 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This "concept" show opens with a silhouette of Andy's head singing against a kaleidoscope background. The credits are read by his then wife, Claudine Longet at a volume that can barely be heard. Andy does a short monologue on the meaning of the show, wearing a white Nehru jacket.

First number is with Ray Charles singing Baby What I Say with Andy and Charles back up singers.

Simon and Garfunkle sing Mrs. Robinson. The producers added laughter during different places in the song making it a very odd performance. They followed with Old Friends with many "serious face" close ups and cut-ins of old people, children on swings and more old people. For their third song, Andy joins them for Scarborough Fair, wearing denim and a neck scarf. Lots of close ups of Simon's fingers playing guitar.

The first solo appearance of Cass Elliot starts the next set with Andy on a revolving platform. Andy and Cass do a comedy bit, and then Andy sings "Words" while Cass cuts in with "Words of Love". The whole bit is typical 1960s comedy/variety, face mugging, winking at the audience, et. al. Each "tries" to one-up the other. Cass is wearing a psychedelic dress and Andy has on another scarf with his three button, military style suit. Then they merge into "You've Got Your Troubles and I've Got Mine", then back to the Words bit. The set is reminiscent of a kindergarten class, painted in homage to Cass' dress.

Cass then performs alone with Joni Mitchell's "I Had a King". At the end of her song, Andy walks out with a gerbera daisy and hands it to her, then we cut to commercial.

Andy, now in tuxedo introduces Burt Bacharach. Bacharach seems extremely shy and uncomfortable as Andy does a bit describing Burt. Andy sings a medley of "Walk On By", "There's Always Something There to Remind Me", "The Look of Love", What's New Pussycat" "Wives and Lovers", "I Say a Little Prayer" (sung by the back up singers), and "What the World Needs Now" while Bacharach conducts the orchestra and plays piano.

Andy closes the show in a brown Nehru jacket and orange scarf by saying

  • "Good night, everybody". Claudine Longet appears with headphones and


a microphone saying "This has been a Barnaby Production" (Williams recording company).

Had they cut the mugging and comedy tries, this would have been a terrific concert show.


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