This episode of Bonanza marks the last appearance before cameras for the big or small screen of one of the greatest of pop singers in the last century. Vaughn Monroe is taught how to sing by none other than Pernell Roberts in The Wooing Of Abigail Jones.
When Monroe was at the height of his career one of his nicknames was 'the voice with hair on its chest'. That deep bass/baritone is unmistakable if you have the privilege of hearing him sing on film or on record. Monroe is a cowhand who's setting about wooing Eileen Ryan who is in the title role. Problem is that she has eyes for Adam Cartwight after hearing him sing.
No problem for Pernell Roberts who really isn't interested, in fact when Michael Landon and Dan Blocker urge him, Roberts is more than willing to give Monroe some singing lessons. It seems as though Vaughn is singing through his nose and those deep notes that his fans remember coming right out of the diaphragm just aren't there.
This episode also gave Pernell Roberts a chance to sing which he did not do too often on the big and small screen. He had a pretty good singing voice and I remember after he left Bonanza he was in a touring company of Camelot. Both he and Monroe do a version of an old English folk song entitled Early One Morning. They're both pretty good.
For a chance to see and hear Vaughn Monroe, this Bonanza episode is a must.
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