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


See also on Songbook:


(above) cast members, counter-clockwise from bottom left: Kenny Pires, Joe Shrand, Tracy Tannebring, Nancy Tates, Jon Reuning, Nina Lillie, Tommy White, of season 1 (1972) of the educational TV show ZOOM, produced by WGBH-TV in Boston and aired on PBS

season 1 numbers

  • The Cat Came Back – 2 versions
  • Rise and Shine (Give God Your Glory)
  • Eddystone Light

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


ZOOM season 1 (1972) cast — two versions of “The Cat Came Back”

appearing in this order: Jon, Joe, Nancy, Kenny, Tracy, Tommy, Nina; possibly from the 9 January 1972 series premiere



(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 — cast members appear in this order: Jon, Joe, Tommy, Kenny, Nina, Nancy, Tracy


Rise and Shine (Give God Your Glory) — aka “Arky, Arky,” “Noah’s Arky, Arky,” “The Arky, Arky Song,” “Noah (Rise and Shine),” “Children of the Lord,” etc.



Eddystone Light — aka “The Keeper of the Eddystone Light”; inspired by the Eddystone Lighthouse


performed by Joe (lead), with Tommy, Kenny, and Jon


season 2 numbers

  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
  • Froggie Went a-Courtin’

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad


ZOOM season 2 (1972-1973), cast 1 of 3: (in order of appearance) David Alberico, Kenny Pires, Jay Schertzer, Tracy Tannebring, Ann Messer, Nancy Tates, Maura Mullaney 


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


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

David Alberico — Mr. Froggie
Bernadette Yao —  Missy Mouse
Leon Mobley — Uncle Rat


season 3 numbers

  • Buffalo Gals
  • John Henry

Buffalo Gals


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


John Henry

ZOOM season 3 (1973-1974), cast 1 of 2: same cast as “Buffalo Gals” number above


(below) better video quality, but incomplete


ZOOM links: Wikipedia, Zoom Wiki, Zoomers Wiki

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. musicdoc1
    Sep 24, 2020 @ 16:58:38

    Rise and Shine (traditional) — UC Berkeley Gospel Chorus, c. 2010, evidently from a program titled “Hollywood Be Thy Name: Gospel Music on the Celluloid Screen,” under the direction of D. Mark Wilson — The provider refers to a version of the song featured in the 1936 film Green Pastures, performed by the Hall Johnson Choir. However, this arrangement of the traditional song is considerably different than that used in the film version.


    Rise and Shine — Hall Johnson Choir, from the film Green Pastures (1936)



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