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eddstarr
My memory is a funny thing.

I can clearly remember things I saw as a 2-year old, a time when memory is unreliable for most. One of the shows I saw as a 4-year old has stayed with me all these years. For kids from my generation this TV show was strange and fascinating.


"The Hathaways" - ABC Television - 1961

After success with "The Flintstones", ABC quickly became the home for all sorts of television shows aimed at attracting households filled with children. "The Hathaways" showcased the entertainment potential of the  "Marquis Chimps", famous for a series of TV commercials from the 1950's.

With this new series, the Marquis Chimps finally had a TV show of their own.

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Jrs1991
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Abu from Aladdin

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eddstarr
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Jrs1991 - Dude, what an awesome video!

Davy Jones delighted his fans by telling the story of how he was selected to join the "Monkees".
Mr. Jones began as a child star appearing in commercial advertisements and TV shows from an early. Always a talented young man, except in one area - Davy Jones could not sing!

During auditions Davy was kept in the dark as to the type of show under production. When he was selected to star as a member of "The Monkees" Davy Jones asked the interviewers, "you know I can't sing - right?".

All Davy could do was laugh when he was told, "no singing necessary", his cute face and British accent was all the show needed! Yes, Davy Jones was eye-candy.


Long story short, "Daydream Believer" plays perfectly to Davy's weak vocals. The studio orchestration lifts the song along beautifully. I think the weakness in Davy's voice actually helps the song. Notice how Davy is unable to add vocal flourishes to the lyrics. He sings the song simply and honestly with lends his version a kind of "sweetness" that you wouldn't hear from a trained voice.




OK, back to business.


By 1968 the Big 3 Networks were feeling the pressure from national parent/teacher organizations and children's media watch-groups to rid the airwaves of superhero violence. But 1968 saw the number of SatAM superhero shows continue to grow with the networks laughing all the way to the bank.

1970 saw the networks moving to different formulas thanks to the surprising popularity of Hanna-Barbera's 1969 hit series, "Scooby Doo". Animals - kids love Animals, like Chimps!

Move over, "Planet of the Apes". It's time for a real hero:

"Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp"


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Superman
King Louie from The Jungle Book

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eddstarr
Superman wrote :

King Louie from The Jungle Book

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Ohhh please Superman - you can't leave ol' King Louie just hangin' like this.

Ya gotta give him the Full Monty . . . like this:




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Mr Magic
Did anyone have Sea Monkeys?

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Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.




Superman
eddstarr wrote :

Superman wrote :


King Louie from The Jungle Book

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Ohhh please Superman - you can't leave ol' King Louie just hangin' like this.

Ya gotta give him the Full Monty . . . like this:








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I love those clips, eddstarr! Thanks for adding them. 
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Dr. Zaius.
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Clyde the chimp. orangutan. 







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