ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975): Come fly away in a blue balloon


Howdy folks! Today I published the page

ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975) cast: song and dance numbers

Some of the songs featured in the ZOOM season 4 production numbers and shorter musical segments included in the new page are well-known pop songs, and I believe the rest have music by Newton Wayland, musical director and composer for the original series, 1971-1978. While I’ve struggled to find songwriter credits for the original songs included in the page, it’s likely that Wayland at least composed the music for them. However, some of the originals performed in the series were co-written by him and another songwriter, so I’m going to omit songwriter credits for songs where I’m uncertain for now.

Musical staging is by Billy Wilson. See the touching tribute article by his daughter Alexis Wilson at The AIDS Memorial, Facebook, published August 14, 2018.

Recordings of some of the songs featured in the new page are also found in the 1977 album ZOOM Tunes, Rounder Records ‎8005. Despite it’s 1977 release (1978, according to some sites) the “ZOOMers” listed on the back of the album are primarily cast members from season 4 (1974-75). The album also includes at least a couple of songs that were used in production numbers in season 5 (1976).

Song list:


I Dig Rock and Roll Music (Paul Stookey, James Mason, and Dave Dixon) — performed by ZOOM season 4 cast members: David Sales, Tishy Flaherty, Carmen Hernandez, Cate Wadsworth, Andrae Neilsan, Harvey Reed, Tracey Dunlap, and Tommy Schultz

ZOOM into Action links and ZOOM reunion on The Dr. Joe Show


new 2020 ZOOM stuff:

  • ZOOM into Action, WGBH (YouTube)
    • Introduction by Pablo (1999), with list of new videos featuring former ZOOM cast members
    • Instruction, teaching, demonstration videos
    • Play of the Week
      • Riddles by Donna Moore – performed by 70s ZOOM cast members Joe Shrand, Tommy White, Nina Lillie, Tracy Tannebring and Donna Moore
    • ZOOM Chat

ZOOMChat #1, 17 April 2020 — host Pablo Velez, Jr. (1999), with guests Jay Schertzer (1972-1973), Bernadette Yao (1972-73), Kenny Yates (2000, 2001), Frances Domond (2001), and Kaleigh Cronin (2001, 2002)



For the past three months my page Always Friends + original 1972 ZOOM theme song and mail-in request rap has been the most visited page on the site. It’s not clear to me why it suddenly became more popular, because I published the page in January 2017.

ZOOM was one my favorite TV shows in the early 1970s, and the cast of season 1 was a great team.They sang and danced as if they meant it. They played and laughed together, and sometimes shared each other’s sorrows and concerns in ZOOMraps.

I remember being heartbroken and in disbelief when I learned that all of the original seven weren’t to return for season two. How could you just break them up? I’m sure that I cried about it. My memory is that the album Playgrounds, featured in the Always Friends page, came out well into season 2 of the series, when even the three remaining originals who had carried over to the beginning of season 2 were gone.

Somehow I’d heard the song “Always Friends” back in 1973, though I’d never bought the album. Might have been too expensive. I don’t recall whether I heard it played on PBS to advertise the album or whether it was played on the radio. The song was beautiful, but to me it was also a deeply cutting reminder of the heartbreak of learning that the original seven were not coming back, apparently gone from my life, and perhaps from each others lives as well, forever, or so it seemed…

We really do belong a team
And we had the simple dream
That we wouldn’t have to break apart

I hadn’t heard the song for well over forty years before coming across it again a few years ago.

If you’re a fan of the early ZOOM series, and particularly of the inaugural 1972 season, then don’t miss the March 4th Dr. Joe Show episode featuring a reunion of four of the seven cast members of that first season. Tommy White joins Dr. Joe Shrand and his assistant Mark Stiles in the studio while they connect to two others by phone, Tracy Tannebring calling in from Plano, Texas and Kenny Pires calling from Hampton, Virginia.

With the quorum being moderated by Dr. Joe, each takes a turn telling their personal story of how they were chosen to be a member of the first ZOOM cast, and the four share variously funny and touching stories of their experiences while engaged in creating the weekly episodes of the show. However, to me the highlight of the show was a blessing given by Kenny starting at about the 25 minute point, which I’ve transcribed below.

You know what the most special thing is, from the show, is that we were kids…and we met…we were from all walks of life…all over the place, and to this day, however many…I don’t even wanna know what the years are, I’m not gonna mention that…but we are still friends, to this day…and we haven’t, you know, a lot of us haven’t talked (um) through those years or whatever, and we’ve met for the reunions, and some of us have been there and some of us haven’t, but it doesn’t matter, because we had a special thing, back in the dayand I love them all. And we love each other so much to where, you know, it doesn’t matter how long we haven’t been together, when we get together again it’s like we weren’t apart.

So, seems like we were meant to be
And I guess the world can see
Nothing can be done to change this heart
And so, even as the music ends
We remain just like the start
Always friends

ZOOM casts, seasons 1-3 (1972-1974), perform The Cat Came Back and various folk songs


See also (on Songbook):


ZOOM, original cast — from season 1 (1972) of the educational TV show ZOOM, produced by WGBH-TV in Boston and aired on PBS; possibly from the 9 January 1972 series premiere

original season 1 (1972) cast members: Nina Lillie, Kenny Marshall Pires, Jon Reuning, Tracy Tannebring Schulman, Joe Shrand, Nancy Tates, Tommy White

ZOOM links:

Musical staging for these production numbers is by Billy Wilson. See the tribute article by his daughter Alexis Wilson at The AIDS Memorial, Facebook, published August 14, 2018, and the Obituary by Jennifer Dunning, published in the New York Times, August 16, 1994.

The Cat Came Back (Harry S. Miller) — published in 1893


See also (on Songbook):


(below) alternate version, evidently from a later season 1 (1972) episode, featuring “other ways of getting rid of the invincible cat” that had been sent in by Zoom viewers who had seen the above version


Rise and Shine (Give God Your Glory)



season 2 (1972-1973), cast 2 of 3: Ann Messer, David Alberico, Jay Schertzer, Maura Mullaney, Bernadette Yao, Leon Mobley, Luiz Gonzales

Froggie Went a-Courtin’Frog Went a Courtin', illus_036




season 3 (1973-1974), cast 1 of 2: Danny McGrath, Edith Mooers, Lori Boskin, Neal Johnson, Donna Moore, Mike Dean, Timmy Pruce

Buffalo Gals




John Henry

Blown by wind, kissed by snow


Today I published the page

12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 2, 1960-1963 – “At Last” to “Surfer Girl”

The new page is the second part of a series in which each part features a portion of the recordings listed in the page “Earth Angel” to “Good Timin’”: doc’s pick of 12/8 and 6/8 time songs, 1954-1978. See also part 1 of the series:

Songs and recordings included in the new page:

  • 1960 – At Last (Etta James version), Get Well Soon, P.S. I Love You (Starlets version), White Christmas (Statues version), You Belong to Me (Santo & Johnny version)
  • 1961Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Home Soon, Daddy’s Home, I Love How You Love Me, A Moment Ago, My True Story, A Sunday Kind of Love (Mystics version), Till (Angels version), Tragedy (Fleetwoods version)
  • 1962 – Bring It On Home to Me, Cry Baby Cry, Don’t Make Me Over, The End of the World, Surfer Girl, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • 1963 – Anyone Who Had a Heart, Go Now, I’d Die, In My Room
  • links: selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 time (bottom of page)

For items in the list in which a specific recording of a song is indicated, in each case this marks the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. For all other songs in the list, the original recording is in 12/8 or 6/8 time time.

Tragedy (Gerald H. Nelson and Fred B. Burch)

The Fleetwoods — issued in March 1961 on the single Dolton No. 40, b/w “Little Miss Sad One” – The title of this post, “Blown by wind, kissed by snow,” is how that line is sung in the 1958 recording of “Tragedy” by Thomas Wayne with The DeLons, and in various covers. In the 1961 Fleetwoods recording, the line is “Blown by wind, kissed by the snow.”

Love is not a gadget, love is not a toy

Happy holidays, folks! Wishing each of you all the best this holiday season. May your days be full of cheer and joyous celebration, or quiet contemplation, as is your wont.

Today I published the page 12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 1, 1954-1959 – “Earth Angel” to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”.

The page is an extension of the previously published page “Earth Angel” to “Good Timin'”: doc’s pick of  12/8 and 6/8 time songs, 1954-1978. The new page is focused on a portion of the period covered in the parent page, and includes a recording of each featured song or recording in this portion. For items in the selected list in which a specific recording of a song is indicated, in each case this marks the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. For all other songs in the list, the original recording is in 12/8 or 6/8 time.

songs and specific recordings included in the new page:

The plan is to eventually publish two more parts to cover the remaining years (1960-1978) of the original page, with each part to include about twenty recordings.

Whisper a little prayer for me, my baby


The Shirelles at the Apollo, March 1963(?)

Hi folks! Published a little reference page today:

Earth Angel to Good Timin’: doc’s pick of 12/8 and 6/8 time* songs, 1954-1978


The Heartbeats


* selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 and 6/8 time:

counting time (video)

6/8 vs. 12/8 time

12/8 time, articles and forum threads


recently modified pages


The following articles have been modified in the past month or so. In some cases, articles that were previously presented in two separate parts have been condensed to a single article with multiple pages. In other cases, long single page articles were split up into multiple page articles to improve loading times. In every case, links to all pages in the article are found at the bottom of each page.

two parts condensed to one with multiple pages:
Bei Mir Bistu Shein: selected early recordings, 1937-1938
We’ve Only Just Begun (3 pages)
It’s So Peaceful in the Country

long page split into multiple pages:
Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields page
Tabú (Taboo)
The Beach Boys: selected songs, 1962-1965
1927 selected standards and hits

The page The Gumm Sisters on film, 1929-30 and 1935 was also recently revised. Among the changes were corrections to my transcription of the song “Blue Butterfly” and inclusion of a couple of additional 1929 recordings of that song.

What the hullabaloo’s about


Today’s post features the lyric of the song “So It’s Spring,” written by Tommy Wolf (music) and Wayne Arnold (words). I’d been unable to find the lyric online so I decided to transcribe the words myself, a job which I completed late last night before retiring. The lyric is found below the video in the post, and has also been added to my page on the song, which I’d published about a year ago. That page is here: So It’s Spring.

The earliest recording of “So It’s Spring” that I’m aware of is that released on the 1958 Tommy Wolf album Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, Fraternity Records F-1010. The album was recorded on 5 & 6 September 1957, and features a trio consisting of Tommy Wolf (piano, vocals), Monty Budwig (bass), and Shelly Manne (drums). Other recordings include the following:

  • Jackie & Roy with Bill Holman’s Orchestra, released on the 1958 album Free and Easy!, ABC-Paramount ‎ABC-207
  • Carol Lawrence with orchestra conducted by Harry Betts, released on the 1962 album This Heart of Mine, album produced by Jackie Mills and Tommy Wolf
  • Ed Vodicka & Friends, released on the 1987 CD album Portfolio, Best Recordings BR89-512

These are actually the only four recordings of the song that I’ve yet found.

Tommy Wolf — from the 1958 album Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (dr. chilledaire),(Discogs.com), Fraternity Records F-1010; album recorded on 5 & 6 September 1957


So It’s Spring (Tommy Wolf, Wayne Arnold) lyric


When the snow and the sleet are done
And the woolens are put away
Everyone shouts hooray!
It’s spring, hooray!

But I never have figured out
What the hullabaloo’s about
Why do the people shout
Hooray! hooray!

I don’t give a tooralay
If it’s April, March, or May
This is what I’ve got to say


So it’s gonna be spring, so what?
So it’s spring
Is that good?
When I walk through the park
I just walk through the park
And go home to my own little bed

So the bird’s on the wing, so what?
I should care
Let it wing
All that passionate cooing
The pigeons are doing
Don’t matter a smidgen
Unless you’re a pigeon
I’m not, and so what if it’s spring

Each bud that is bursting in bloom
Unfolds to the delicate bee
And though such hocus-pocus
May tickle a crocus
It’s kind of revolting to me

Gee, so it’s gonna be spring, so what?
So it’s spring
If you’re only a guy with a gleam in his eye
And with no one exciting for hand-to-hand fighting
It might as well be Halloween
See what I mean!
So it’s spring

(repeat 3)
Each bud that is bursting in bloom
Unfolds to the delicate bee
And though such hocus-pocus
May tickle a crocus
It’s kind of revolting to me

(repeat 4, with variation)
Yes, it’s gonna be spring, so what?
So it’s spring
If you’re only a guy with a gleam in his eye
And with no one exciting for hand-to-hand fighting
It might as well be Halloween
See what I mean
So it’s spring!

~ lyric transcribed by Jim Radcliff (doc), 7 April 2019, from the 1957 Tommy Wolf recording

See also my page Unsung lyrics, transcribed by doc.

All in vain I’ve wandered the snow lands


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Today’s new page is on the song “Like a Breath of Springtime,” written by Joe Burke (music) and Al Dubin (words). The song was copyrighted on 20 May 1929 and used in the 1929 romance film Hearts in Exile, which is considered a lost film.

1929 recordings include those by Roy Ingraham and his Orchestra, Harold “Scrappy” Lambert, Henry Busse and his Orchestra (vocal: Burt Lorin), Sam Lanin Orchestra (vocal: Marvin Young), Pete Woolery, and Adrian Schubert and his Salon Orchestra (vocal: Scrappy Lambert). “Burt Lorin” is a pseudonym for Scrappy Lambert, so Lambert is the vocalist on three of the seven recordings included in the page. Most, if not all, of these recordings were released under the copyright title “Like a Breath of Spring-Time.” I’ve modified the spelling of the last word of the title to conform with modern usage. Here’s a link to the new page:

Like a Breath of Springtime

A verse is sung in the 15 September 1929 Scrappy Lambert recording, as well as in the Pete Woolery and Sam Browne recordings, preceding the chorus. I’d been unable to find the full verse online, so I made the following transcription on 22 March 2019:

Winter blows its breath on the low lands
Over every green covered glen
All in vain I’ve wandered the snow lands
Looking for the sunshine again, then…

Recordings included in the page::

  • Roy Ingraham and his Orchestra — recorded on 5 August 1929; issued on the 78 rpm single Brunswick 4544, b/w “Deep in the Arms of Love” (w.m. Lou Davis, Roy Ingraham)

Scrappy Lambert links: Wikipedia, JazzAge1920s.com, Discography of American Historical Recordings, Discogs.com, archive.org

audio file (4.9 MB, VBR MP3) from the Harold Scrappy Lambert Collection 1925-1935 at archive.org:


  • Henry Busse and his Orchestra, vocal: Burt Lorin (pseudonym of Harold “Scrappy” Lambert) — recorded on 20 September 1920; issued 8 November 1929 the 78 rpm single Victor 22140, b/w “Since I Found You” (m. Ray Perkins, w. Herman Ruby) — In the UK, the recording was issued in January 1930 on the B-side of HMV B 5751, the A-side being a recording of “Sunny Side Up” by Johnny Hamp’s Kentucky Serenaders.
  • Sam Lanin Orchestra, vocal: Marvin Young (pseudonym of Irving Kaufman)– recorded on 26 September 1929 (Columbia matrix W149055); issued on the 10-inch 78 rpm single Harmony 1018-H, c/w “Melancholy”
  • Pete Woolery, accompanied by violin and piano — recorded on 9 October 1929 (Columbia matrix W149069); issued on Columbia 2004-D, c/w “Deep in the Arms of Love” (w.m. Lou Davis, Roy Ingraham)
  • Adrian Schubert and his Salon Orchestra, vocal: Harold “Scrappy” Lambert — recorded on 1 November 1929; issued on the following US singles (all except Banner 507, c/w the Irving Berlin song “To Be Forgotten”):

also issued on the French Pathé ‎label on the following single:

  • Sam Browne — issued on 30 October 1930 on the 78 rpm single (UK) Edison Bell Radio 1388, as the B-side of “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” (m. Joe Burke, w. Al Dubin)


Other recordings that I haven’t found yet include those by Dr. Eugene Ormandy’s Salon Orchestra, OKeh 41319, 17 September 1929; Debroy Somers Band, (UK) Columbia CB 90, 2 June 1930; as well as several others by British dance bands and vocalists.

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