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Sam & Friends skits on Amazon mp3 and CD in print

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by mupcollector1, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Hi, did anyone know that some of the songs used on Sam & Friends is on Amazon mp3, like Stan Freberg's Ci'bone, Yellow Roads of Texas, etc. Plus I've even heard Spike Jones' Posion to Posion is on there somewhere. I have some of the Stan Freberg stuff on my ipod.

    Does anyone know of any of the other record tracks used on Sam & Friends?

    Also I had a few questions about Sam & Friends just to brush up on my knowledge a little bit. Now the show was only shown at an NBC station in Washington DC right? Was it ever nation wide? I've heard it leaked a little bit in NY and that's how Steve Allen discovered them. Though I heard Jack Parr discovered The Muppets from a piece of film footage that got passed around.

    And WTOP was the station The Junior Good Morning Show aired and Sam & Friends was a different station right?

    Did the NBC Washington Station pay Jim to do the show or how was the deal done? I remember breifly hearing something about it on the CNN People Profile Documentry.
    Did the station pay for the budget or did Jim pay for all materials for puppets and sets out of his own pocket?
    Just curious.

    And was Sam & Friends at the time considered to be for mature audiences only since it was a late night show for adults. It wasn't a family show right? I remember asking the ol' Jim Henson Company fan mail email back in the day if Sam & Friends was riskier in their humor then on The Muppet Show and they told me yes to a certain extent.

    I kind of noticed when watching Stan Frebergs Ci-Bon when the lead singer says "I feel so good, I may kill myself." lol crackes me up still. lol Maybe because I have that old fashioned Looney Tunes type humor. lol

    I have a DVD of some of the existing footage that I think I got from KermiClownVideos. Though I'm still searching for the full legnth Yellow Roads of Texas, Harry's Weather Machine and any others that's not in my combonation.

    Anyway, I just had a few Sam & Friends questions.
  2. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Considering the show used so many existing record tracks, I'm not surprised. I doubt those are available because of they were used on Sam & Friends.

    I know that "That Old Black Magic", "Under My Skin", and "Where Hunger Comes From" were lip-synched on the show.

    There's an interview with Jim Henson from 1982 (which can be found in Muppet Central's interviews section) where Jim said that he was only paid $5 a show.
  3. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    You can find "That Old Black Magic" on any Louis Prima & Keely Smith CD! Or you can buy the song from iTunes if ya want. :)

    I love Louis Prima's music! that Sam and Friends sketch is how I first discovered Prima!
  4. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah same here, I had a cab driver years ago play his cassette and I was like, HEY THAT WAS ON SAM AND FRIENDS!

    I used to have a cassette years ago. I need some Louis Prima and Kelly Smith on my iPod. Some of the best Jazz ever.
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  5. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Wow, only $5. And Jim got $10 a week when we was performing on The Junior Good Morning Show. Good thing he majored in Business at The University of Maryland.
    Which kind of confuses me. How did he go to college there and do Sam & Friends in Washington? Did he drive all that way back and forth?
  6. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    It's only like a half hour a way. It's not that far. I'd imagine he did that.
  7. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Here's the quote from the interview:

    I read that you were getting only $5 a show for Sam and Friends. Is that anything like reality?
    HENSON: Yeah, well when I first started working, it was $5 a show; it was probably a little higher by the time I got to my own show, but I remember that they put me under contract at $100 a week, which to me was really an astronomical price.
  8. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    Wow, very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Terrence Burke

    Terrence Burke Well-Known Member

    Cool news! Thanks for posting this.
  10. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    OH YES!!! This is fantastic!!!
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  11. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I just got mp3s from Amazon of Poison to Poison, Old Black Magic, and There's a New Sound (the original that could have been on Labrynth).
    I've heard that Mel Blanc's version of the Stan Fredberg song "Money" was on Sam & Friends. Funny thing that I discovered that song before I even knew that. lol Well, technically I heard Dr. Teeth sing it first on The Muppet Show. lol

    I've always wanted to take an audio editor and play Dr. Teeth's and Mel Blanc's versions together so it would sound like they are singing the song together, because both versions are very very accurate in terms of piano playing and tempo of the melody. :)

    I still need to get myself some more Mel Blanc mp3s like "The Hat I Got for Christmas is too big" and "What a Happy Christmas Tree", those cracked me up. lol
    I think those were his novelty songs that he did on his radio show during the 60s when Looney Tunes didn't need him as much, mostly Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote shorts.

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