ZOOM season 5 (1976): Let the sunshine in

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Today I published the following page:

The page features a selection of musical numbers performed by the season 5 cast of the 1970s TV series ZOOM. Most of the numbers feature popular songs, including several from the 1960s and 70s, and a couple of the numbers feature medleys of three or more songs.

(above) ZOOM season 5 (1976) cast: (clockwise, from top left) Jennifer Gold, Nell Cox, Arcadio Gonzales, Karen Wing, Ron Richmond, Levell Gethers, Chris Blackwell

Songs included in the new page:

  • Come on and Zoom (Newton Wayland) – the intro or opening of each episode
  • Singin’ In the Rain medley
    • Soon It’s Gonna Rain (m. Harvey Schmidt, w. Tom Jones) – from the 1960 musical The Fantasticks
    • Singin’ in the Rain (m. Nacio Herb Brown, w. Arthur Freed) – published in 1929
    • Here Comes the Sun (George Harrison) – recorded by the Beatles for their 1969 album Abbey Road
    • Let the Sunshine In (m. Galt MacDermot, w. James Rado and Gerome Ragni) – from the 1969 musical Hair — The song is better known as part of the “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” medley first recorded by The 5th Dimension.

Video published on YouTube by ZOOM season 5 cast member Chris Blackwell

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  • Sing medley
    • Sing (Joe Raposo) — Sesame Street song, composed in 1971
    • Make Your Own Kind of Music (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – first recorded in 1968
    • Come on and Zoom (Newton Wayland)
  • How Do You Do (Woody Guthrie) — version of a song originally recorded by Woody Guthrie under the title “Howdi Do
  • Octopus’s Garden (Richard Starkey) — Ringo Starr song, recorded by the Beatles for their 1969 album Abbey Road
  • SASE Song — probably written by Newton Wayland

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

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Howdy folks! Today I published the following page (link fixed 9/23/2020):

While I’ve struggled to find songwriter credits for some of the original songs included in the page, it’s likely that Newton Wayland, musical director and composer for the original series (1971-1978), 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 lyricist credits for songs where I’m uncertain for now.

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

Recordings of some of the songs featured in the new page are also found on 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).

included in the page:

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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

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* The back of the 1977 ZOOM Tunes album indicates that “[a]ll original tunes and arrangements” are by Newton Wayland, Musical Director of ZOOM. However, some of the original songs are “based on poems” by various children, probably ZOOM fans who sent their poems to the show. The words to “Blue Balloon” are based on a poem by Christine Stark, age 10, of Middle Village, NY. “City Child” is based on poems by three different children, ages 8-10.

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