Hey, Andrew! I know I told you that the color clip of Singin' in the Rain was done by Edie Adams. And then I was looking at the list of other Sam and Friends skits, and I was thinking. Would it be beyond the scope of this wiki to assemble a page of all of the original records that they lip-synched? Looking through the descriptions for the various skits, sometimes I can't tell if they're lip-synching a record, or doing an original skit. I think it would be neat to make a page of all of the original records that they used, with pictures of course, kind of like Bob's discography. What do you think?
I think it sounds like a good idea. We note that on individual skit/song pages in some cases ("Poison to Poison," "Where Hunger Is From") and a few notes fit on Sam and Friends, but yeah, in others it's unclear. I'd say bring it up on the forum just so we can thresh out naming/organization (I kind of like the idea of maybe having record label/skit image either side by side or on top of each other in a table), but it strikes me as a good idea (I'm still trying to figure out exactly where "The Westerners" comes from; Bob and Ray, yes, but when? It may be that it circulates on one of the Bob and Ray cassette or CD sets under a different title entirely.)
Well, thinking of what Jim would have had access to in that era, there are some obscure Bob and Ray records that it might be on. I'll check my comedy guide. Did he know Bob and Ray well enough to get a tape from a radio show? I know he knew Stan Freberg, but they seemed to just use his records that were available to the public.
Anyway, thanks for your input, and I'll start a rough page just for me, to see how many record numbers I already know.
UPDATE: Are you sitting down? I found it!
Here is The Westerners as seen on Sam and Friends:
It's called "Two Face West" from a 1960 RCA (stereo!) LP called Bob and Ray on a Platter. I'm surprised you haven't run into this record before. The whole LP looks like it's made up of skits about television. Here's its Discogs page:
Hooray! Thank you! I'll work that into the skit and Bob and Ray pages later.
I'm also trying to ID the source for "A Horse Named Bill" (I just realized it hadn't been identified yet). I think it's probably Oscar Brand, who sang it on his album Absolute Nonsense (recorded 1957, released 57 or 58; weirdly, his official site dates it as *1948*, which is wrong per back of the box). I can't find that track or album for listening online (it doesn't seem to have been re-issued; there's an LP on eBay, expiring soon, but it seems uncommon) but it sounds pretty close to his other folk song recordings of the period.
Hey, Andrew! I just came in to add the Muppet single they're going to make with Jack White, and I noticed that we just crossed 29,000 articles. Can you tell when we hit it? I was just curious because I've been gone from the wiki for a while. I usually make a comment when we hit another 1,000 pages, but I can't find when we hit 28,000 either. I'll have to look in my history. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi!
We hit 28,000 in June 2015 (and you started a thread). I forget exactly when we hit 29,000 (we didn't mark the date and now I wish we had), but it was recently, late February (I'm thinking around the 20th or later). Both Shane and I had been adding pages for that reason, and a lot of other folks have been active, with new Muppet episodes, viral stuff, old Sesames surfacing via trades, new HBO episodes, and filling old holes (i.e. Ziegfeld Follies).
This was awhile back now, but Desert Island Discs, with a link to the audio; Frank Oz *and* Miss Piggy were guests on the long-running BBC Radio series in 1981, and one of Frank's selections was "What a Waste" from the Broadway musical Wonderful Town, sung by George Gaynes!
Joe Flynn (lots of connections to plug him in for)
Rosalind Chao (I didn't start this one, but we have Soon-Lee from M*A*S*H on the Wiki!)
Sir Duke, and lots of composer and musician pages (you were right, it was the same Paul Shaffer on Fair Is Fair. In this case, just that he was still a session player and was working with many of the same folks at the same recording studio in that period makes it unlikely it was someone else.)
Note the edit summary I left: "Not a complete list, just of actors who have pages on Muppet Wiki; June Foray doesn't"
It's not a credit list, just a list of people who already have pages because they worked on Muppet projects or Sesame Street etc, who also worked on Gummi Bears. That doesn't apply to June Foray (although I do love her work).
We don't really use one here. There was one ages ago but it wasn't used more than once or twice (we tend to focus our communication on research or the articles and do our socializing elsewhere).
Also, unless it's been a few days, you don't usually need to ask someone if they received your message (we often do other things before heading back to the Wiki screen). Your last message was sent while I was typing my own reply.
Andrew, I couldn't help but notice that a change to my message wall page had been made by you. Yet, I can't seem to find what it is. I don't see anything new on it. Just old messages. Perhaps you'd care to enlighten me?
Nothing to your actual wall. I've been cleaning up old links in archived versions of community and talk pages going to deleted pages (either unlinking or correcting old Sandboxes to the current page) because it throws off the Wanted Pages. If you're really curious, you can see what was changed just by clicking the "diff" option in Recent Changes (or the time stamp from my user contributions).
I put this original version together as a full version the best I could. But I don't want to put in the link in the article unless you say it's okay. I believe Sesame Workshop didn't put this version in the Season 1 list on the Old School: Volume 1 and 40 Years of Sunny Days DVDs because this original version was rare and they practically couldn't find it anywhere for them to put it in these two DVDs.
I just read your warning message you just sent me last night about "Stop asking people for rare videos they don't have." I agreed to it, so I promise you I won't go on anymore about the rare videos on this wiki. And I'm afraid if I keep up with these comments regarding the same problems, I'd be blocked from editing or commenting on this wiki. While I'd rather focus on other things on this wiki, I'd also rather try looking for the rare clips around YouTube figuring it out myself rather than messaging people on this wiki. Sound good to you, Aleal?
Hey, do you have any special tricks that could help find info on Sara Compton? I tried various Google and Google Books searches (their newspaper search doesn't appear to be what it used to be), but couldn't find anything. A birthdate would be nice, but I don't even know if she's still alive (although I couldn't find an obit).
Unfortunately, no. She doesn't seem to have featured in magazine profiles, isn't even mentioned in 40 Years, nothing matching in Newspaperarchive.com (from the limited free search anyway), and she's not in any of the broadcasting periodical databases I use (both too recent and, as a writer for PBS shows, not really what they usually cover). Not having a clue as to, say, what state she was originally from or which school she attended also limits (many university special collection databases and so on are searchable but only within that system, so no Google hits). We may have to try to see who, among the writers and folks she worked with, is still around and can be contacted online.
The only other tidbit, which you probably already found, is that she (or someone with the same name, but I'm fairly certain it's our Sara Compton) wrote or co-wrote a few Choose Your Own Adventure titles. Still, I'll keep checking (some of the library databases may have something).