Kung Fu: Season 3, Episode 17

Battle Hymn (8 Feb. 1975)

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Two vagabond musicians (JOSE FELICIANO and JULIAN "CANNONBALL" ADDERLEY) join Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) in an unusual adventure about a search for a boyhood dream that leads to murder.

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Jonno Marcado (as Jose Feliciano)
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Two vagabond musicians (JOSE FELICIANO and JULIAN "CANNONBALL" ADDERLEY) join Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) in an unusual adventure about a search for a boyhood dream that leads to murder.

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Jose Feliciano and 'Cannonball' Adderley
27 August 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Season 3 Episode 17- Lighthearted entry spotlighting a pair of hitmaking musicians- guitarist Jose Feliciano, blind since birth, whose biggest success was a 1968 top ten version of "Light My Fire" (and was then riding another success, dual themes for CHICO AND THE MAN, in which he also appeared once as Freddie Prinze's cousin), and Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley,whose distinctive jazz saxophone sparked a top twenty hit with the instrumental version of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" in 1966 (preceding the later top ten vocal version by The Buckinghams). The accidental death of a bounty hunter pursuing Caine forces him to travel to the town of Savalo, the destination for Jonno Marcado (Feliciano) and Trim Delaville (Adderley), itinerant musicians who play for pennies until Jonno can return home to his boyhood dream involving a dry wash and a circle of oaks. Beverly Garland plays Mrs. Theresa Hobart, widow of the late bounty hunter, conspiring with the crooked local sheriff (Joe Maross) to deprive Jonno and his cousin of their rightful heritage, which turns out to be a silver mine. The sheriff's equally crooked deputy locks up Caine and his two companions, encouraging a lynch mob to avenge the 'murder' of Mrs. Hobart's husband. The happy ending finds Caine receiving a new flute carved by Jonno (replacing the one destroyed in "The Demon God"), and all three engage in a brief jam session (David Carradine was, like his father, an accomplished musician). In this episode, Caine shaves his head, sporting this crew cut for the remainder of the series. Adderley died a mere five months after this broadcast, while Beverly Garland and Joe Maross died within a month of each other in late 2009, here reunited 15 years after playing husband and wife in the THRILLER episode "Knock Three-One-Two" (Maross came to a bad end both times). Also, story credit goes to STAR TREK's D. C. Fontana, and Herman Miller the final script. Next up- "The Forbidden Kingdom"


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