Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Joe Franklin Show opening sequence (1977) - Footage Offline - 10/20/07

Joe Franklin is regarded as the first person to host a television talk show. The station was the primitive WJZ-TV in 1950 which would become New York's well known WABC. You may recall his showbizzy office appearing in the documentary The Aristorcrats. This is some hokey footage from latter-day and less notable incarnations of his show.

1 comment:

wbhist said...

The version of "Twelfth Street Rag" that was used for the opening of The Joe Franklin Show up to the early 1980's was "Big" Tiny Little's 1959 recording as originally released on his album Honky Tonk Piano [Brunswick BL (7)54049]. Little's version was also used for the 1984-85 Saturday Night Live parodies of Franklin's show in which the host was impersonated by Billy Crystal.

The other thing was that the off-air recording of this open as represented there (and put up by a lucky soul on Dailymotion) was unfortunately black-and-white. I say "unfortunately" because said open was originally color. To be sure, the pics were originally black-and-white - but tinted (in order of rotational appearance) salmon pink, amber yellow, and lilac purple.