Thursday, March 13, 2008
The original American Idol
More than one of you have mentioned "The Gong Show" in various responses to my posts. I agree, that was a precious piece of Americana. It's tough to pick just one great performance from that show. It ran from 1976-1980, right around the same time as Sha-na-na. I have vivid, but not as scarring as Sha-na-na, memories of some pretty ridiculous acts. My two favorite recurring bits were "The Unknown Comic" and the one shown above, "Gene, Gene, the Dancing Machine".
Oh for Television to have such quality again!