The Timex Shows Vol. 2 To The Ladies & Welcome Home Elvis
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The Frank Sinatra Collection brings together some of Frank Sinatra's finest performances on television and in concert. This release combines his two final Timex TV shows from 1960.
TO THE LADIES First broadcast by ABC on February 15, 1960, To The Ladies surrounded Frank Sinatra with a host of wonderful female performers for his third Timex sponsored television special. It's a mix of comedy, opera, dancing and great songs. Guests include Lena Horne, Mary Costa, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and special guest star Eleanor Roosevelt.
WELCOME HOME ELVIS First broadcast by ABC on May 12, 1960, Welcome Home Elvis was Frank Sinatra's fourth and final Timex special. It marked Elvis Presley s first TV appearance after coming home from military service. Elvis performs Fame And Fortune and Stuck On You whilst Presley and Sinatra join forces on great renditions of Witchcraft and Love Me Tender. Joining in the fun are Nancy Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
TO THE LADIES:
1) Here's To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra) 2) I've Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra) 3) Ouvre Ton Coeur (Mary Costa) 4) By Strauss (Barbara Heller) 5) Ring The Bell (Lena Horne) 6) Come Cha Cha With Me (Juliet Prowse) 7) It's A Lonesome Old Town (Frank Sinatra) 8) But Beautiful (Lena Horne) 9) From This Moment On (Lena Horne) 10) Harold Arlen Medley: As Long As I Live/It's Only A Paper Moon/One For My Baby/Accentuate The Positive/Stormy Weather/Get Happy/Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Frank Sinatra/Lena Horne) 11) My Heart Stood Still (Frank Sinatra) 12) Yours Is My Heart Alone (Mary Costa) 13) Afraid Of Love (Barbara Heller) 14) My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Lena Horne) 15) My Funny Valentine (Juliet Prowse) 16) High Hopes (Eleanor Roosevelt) 17) Here's To The Ladies (Frank Sinatra)
WELCOME HOME ELVIS:
1) It's Nice To Go Trav'ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra) 2) It's Nice To Go Trav'ling (Frank Sinatra/Joey Bishop/Sammy Davis Jr/Nancy Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 3) Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra) 4) Come On Bess (Sammy Davis Jr) 5) Oriental Dance (Leona Irwin & The Tommy Hansen Dancers) 6) Gone With The Wind (Frank Sinatra) 7) Uh Oh! (Nutty Squirrels) 8) All The Way (Sammy Davis Jr) 9) Shall We Dance (Sammy Davis Jr/Peter Lawford) 10) Fame And Fortune (Elvis Presley) 11) Stuck On You (Elvis Presley) 12) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 13) Medley: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender - Reprise (Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley) 14) You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra/Nancy Sinatra) 15) Let's Dance (Nancy Sinatra)
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This one includes the “Welcome Home Elvis” episode from 1960 (the last show of Sinatra’s season). It was done at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami and was “Executive produced” by composers Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen and the band was led by the amazing Nelson Riddle. Guests include Sammy Davis Jr., the droll and, yet able footed, Peter Lawford and “rat pack” member Joey Bishop. Frank’s daughter, Nancy, is here too, but in her pre- “These Boots are made for Walkin’” period. Oh yes, then there is Elvis, in his first TV appearance since getting out of the Army.
Elvis fans probably have this show in their collection but this transfer may be better because it came from the archives. Elvis doesn’t really show up until 40 minutes into the 59-minute show (it includes the full Timex commercials) and he does duets with Frank. The show appears to be a kinescope (a filmed version of the live broadcast) THOUGH IT COULD BE A TAPE. It is in Black and white. There are scratches near the beginning (which cannot be processed out) and – honestly didn’t bother me. The sound is fine.
One interesting observation: The show, as presented on the DVD must have been “edited” with alternate material” inserted. I say this because Frank and Elvis are doing a medley of “Witchcraft/Love Me Tender” and then they go to a Timex commercial. After the commercial we see what appears to be an alternate version of that “Witchcraft/Love Me Tender” medley.
Yes, there is a second hour-long show on this DVD. It is titled “To The Ladies” and guests are Mary Costa Lena Horne, Barbara Heller, Juliet Prowse and his “special” guest Eleanor Roosevelt. You have never heard Sinatra’s hit ”High Hopes” until you’ve hear Mrs. Roosevelt sing it.
As I sai, this is the best quality we can hope for for these shows and a good way to experience what TV was like in 1960 – when there were much less commercials – and they were live!. And the price is just right.
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