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

Everybody’s movin’ it

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(above) our 4th of July weekend celebration in full swing

Happy July 5th folks! Published the following page yesterday:

ZOOM page index and gallery (link fixed 9/23/2020)

which includes links to four additional recent pages. The index consists of links to Songbook pages focused on the original ZOOM series (1972-1978). Among them are a previously published page, three new ones published on 4 July, and a fourth that is republishing of a May 2020 post. The index also includes links to a couple of ZOOM-focused recent posts on the site.

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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.

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

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some new 2020 ZOOM stuff:

  • ZOOM into Action, WGBH (YouTube)
    • Introduction by Pablo Velez Jr. (1999), with playlist of videos featuring former ZOOM cast members
    • Playlist: Instruction, teaching, demonstration videos
    • Play of the Week
      • Riddles by Donna Moore – performed by 70s ZOOM 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)
      • ZOOMChat #2, 24 April 2020
  • ZOOM reunions on The Dr. Joe Show (Facebook), a podcast featuring Dr. Joe Shrand with assistant Mark Stiles and guests
    • 4 March 2020 — “I’m Joe” – ZOOM reunion with season 1 (1972) cast members Tommy, Tracy, Kenny, and Joe
    • 28 May 2020 —  “Dr. Joe with David Kamp and the Zoom Family” — guests: David Kamp, author of the book Sunny Days, and ZOOM season 2 (1972-1973) cast members Bernadette Yao and Leon Mobley
    • 25 June 2020“A Zoom Zoom Reunion!” — Dr. Joe’s guests: season 1 (1972) cast members Nancy, Kenny, Tommy, season 3 (1973-1974) cast member Donna Moore, and series creator Christopher Sarson; co-host Thomas McCoy
  • ZOOM reunions on The Dr. Joe Show (YouTube)
    • 4 March 2020 — The Story of “Zoom” — same as the “I’m Joe” episode at the Facebook page, featuring season 1 (1972) cast members Tommy, Tracy, Kenny, and Joe
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    • 1 June 2020 – “The Social Impact of 70s Children’s TV with David Kamp and the Cast of Zoom”  — a portion of the 28 May 2020 episode at the Facebook page — guests: David Kamp, author of the book Sunny Days, and ZOOM season 2 (1972-1973) cast members Bernadette Yao and Leon Mobley

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For the past three months my page Always Friends + original ZOOM season 1 (1972) theme and address songs, including lyrics 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? 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.

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