What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 21


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 22, 1967 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: This was the 37th surviving kinescope of a live telecast from within the post-Kilgallen era to leave uncut the opening "live" wording.
      (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Following in the footsteps of Carol Channing, Jayne Meadows and Suzy Knickerbocker - not to mention Phyllis Newman - tonight it's Sue Oakland's turn to be introduced first among the post-Kilgallen era female guest panelists. And while this is Tony Randall's first "WML?" appearance of 1967, it is his fourteenth appearance on the program since Dolly Mae's passing.
      (3) HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: The group appearing tonight as the second set of mystery guests was the touring outfit formed a few years after Alpert began recording as "Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass" on A&M when the label was first started in 1962. In the early years, on such tracks as the first big hit "The Lonely Bull" (A&M 703), the music was recorded in the studio by means of Alpert overdubbing himself on trumpet melodies and also employing the use of a few other session instrumentalists such as marimba player Julius Wechter (who also had his own group, "The Baja Marimba Band," that also recorded on A&M). The touring players - including Nick Ceroli, Tonni Kalash, Bob Edmondson, and John Pisano - were first organized for performing in concert in late 1964 after it became clear that Alpert's Tijuana Brass were going to be an ongoing concern rather than a mere fly-by-night, one-hit wonder. Ironically, none of the members were even remotely of Mexican descent; the instrumentalists were of varying other backgrounds, such as Italian and Jewish - in the latter case, including Alpert himself, who characterized his touring troupe as "three pastramis, two bagels, and an American cheese." Alpert's own trumpet style spawned quite a few imitators over the years. One of the more famous was Chuck Findley, who played on several Dionne Warwick hits of the 1960's that were written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. (Ironically, Findley was the trumpeter on the instrumental break of the Carpenters' breakout hit, "(They Long To Be) Close to You," which was released on A&M 1183 in 1970). Another famous music act featuring a trumpeting style on par with Alpert was Bert Kaempfert's orchestra, notably on such hits as "Red Roses for a Blue Lady." (Ironically, Kaempfert also recorded such tracks as "The Mexican Shuffle" that Alpert made famous; while Alpert recorded Kaempfert's "The Magic Trumpet.") Indeed, from the early, Mariachi-derived recordings of Alpert's Tijuana Brass, Herb's outfit, by the time of their appearance on tonight's "WML?" show, had long settled onto a musical style that had more in common with Mr. Kaempfert's jazzier, brass-based output. After the special they were promoting here and the following year's "The Beat of the Brass," they would do one more TV special in 1969 ("The Brass Are Comin'") before calling it a day. Alpert would revive the Tijuana Brass name a couple times into the 1980's, and have one more minor hit under that umbrella in 1973 as "Herb Alpert & The TJB" with the title track from the movie "Last Tango in Paris" (A&M 1420). Since 1973, Mr. Alpert has been married to Lani Hall, who was one of the lead vocalists for another top A&M group of this period, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, up to 1971.
      (4) While Singer sewing machines sponsored Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass' upcoming CBS special (which would be repeated on NBC on November 24, 1967) and the next year's "Beat of the Brass," perhaps the most famous TV special to be sponsored by the company was Elvis Presley's 1968 comeback special which signified his return to the charts after years of increasingly sub-par movies and equally sub-par music. What was originally called "Singer Presents Elvis" first aired on NBC on December 3, 1968 and topped the ratings in its time slot. The special, as well as its soundtrack album (called "'Elvis' - NBC-TV Special," RCA Victor LPM-4088), yielded two hits for "The King," "If I Can Dream" and "Memories."
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Loyal viewers seeing this "WML?" show on February 1, 2008 were once again forced to endure the callously crude compression of the aspect ratio of the end credit sequence, otherwise known as "crunching."
      (6) Following the February 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an episode of "I've Got a Secret" which was first broadcast "live from New York" on November 12, 1962. The host was Garry Moore, the panel consisted of the "classic '60's" lineup of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the celebrity guest was Carol Burnett. - W-B (2008)

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