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That Was the Week That Was: The British Broadcasting Corporation's Tribute to John F. Kennedy (The BBC Telecast: Saturday Nov 23, 1963)
  

That Was the Week That Was: The British Broadcasting Corporation's Tribute to John F. Kennedy (The BBC Telecast: Saturday Nov 23, 1963)

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5.0 out of 5 stars That was the day that should never have been January 31, 2013
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DECCA Records' vinyl transcription of the special 11/23/63 airing of THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS - The British Broadcasting Corporation's Tribute to JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY (DL 9116) is a program a full half-hour shorter than that show's normal running time of 50 minutes.

Everything heard here was scripted, composed and rehearsed within 24 hours of JFK's assassination. TWTWTW, normally a satirical revue of current events, had its finest moment in this hastily assembled, very somber, very apropos 20 minute broadcast.

SIDE ONE opens with each cast member's thoughts on JFK's murder. A description of worldwide reaction follows. Scripted comments continue, with no individual speaker on for even one minute. The side ends with the debut of a tribute song, "In the Summer of His Years," sung by Millicent Martin.

SIDE TWO starts with David Frost's editorial on the immediate repercussions of this tragedy. At around 3:30, Dame Sybil Thorndike reads a Caryl Brahms poem, "To Jackie." Little more than two hours before airtime, Bernard Levin wrote the show's longest segment, an oration about new president Lyndon Johnson. In reading this piece, he concludes with well-wishes to LBJ and a quote from Longfellow's Ship of State ("...sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears; With all the hopes of future years; Is hanging breathless on thy fate!"). For the closer, David Frost attempts to give meaning to the unthinkable event that made this memorial program necessary.

[8:38] SIDE ONE
(In Order of Appearance)
1.) David Frost; 2.) Roy Kinnear; 3.) David Kernan; 4.) Al Mancini; 5.) Kenneth Cope; 6.) William Rushton; 7.) Lance Percival; 8.) David Frost; 9.) Millicent Martin: "In the Summer of His Years"

[11:00] SIDE TWO
(In Order of Appearance)
1.) David Frost; 2.) Robert Lang; 3.) Dame Sybil Thorndike: "To Jackie"; 4.) Bernard Levin; 5.) David Frost

TOTAL TIME: 19:38
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5.0 out of 5 stars JFK by BBC May 16, 2008
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It is fascinating to hear David Frost and the staff of THAT WAS THE WEEK
THAT WAS remember John F. Kennedy the week of The Assassination. There
was so much sadness, grief and shock revealed. A song composed for the
occasion and sung by the resident songstress is a highlight. Even if the
event was way before your time, you will be moved to understand what did
happen and how this tragedy, like Martin Luther King's and Robert F.
Kennedy's, affect our lives to this day.

That there once was a place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Frost and Company - Satirists Express High Regard September 14, 2013
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November 22, 1963 is a day I'll never forget. One of the most memorable tributes to the late President was done (with very little time to prepare it) by the satirical show "That Was the Week That Was." This album includes the song called "The Summer of His Years."

One of my best friends owned the album, and I've always wanted my own copy. A moving piece of history.
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