What a trouper! Miss Merman was at least 70 when she did this. Supposedly she did not care for disco, and in fact originally recorded her infamous disco album with just a piano backing her up -- the rest was added later. Here, in perhaps another misguided attempt to reach the young people, she performs on a children's show. Well, this would be just after her Muppet Show appearance, so perhaps it somehow makes sense after all. In a few years she would do "Airplane!", and the rest, as they say, is history.
One can only presume that the kids (and we don't actually SEE how many people are in the audience so they must've added large-audience pre-recorded cheering and applause) were prompted by signs when to applause, clap. etc. That being said, she still had a great stage presence and wonderful voice. It's a pity that in those final years she wasn't offered some type of one-woman-show, a Merman retrospective show where she reminisced and sang, etc.
Can you just imagine? That would have been fabulous!
Well.... at least she got it right for the Muppets. But she sure was dauntless.
I dealt with the shock of Disco Merman when it actually happened, but Kids Are People, Too! ... dear god, I forgot all about that. I'm wondering what percentage of kids in audience reacted with "WTF is that?" versus the number that turned gay the exact second she started to sing.
I love that disco album for all the wrong reasons! And I, too, forgot all about Kids Are People, Too!. I was too old for it but my younger siblings watched it. I'm sure everyone in that audience assumed that she was someone else's grandmother!
We never had this programme thankfully (although we had many dreadful children's shows in the UK that might rival it), and the dear Merm does look rather like the great aunt who's hit the sherry a little early at the party - but probably classier than any of the other acts. Saying that, I note from Wikipedia that Patti Smith made an appearance... Imagine! Jx
I just checked out the Patti Smith clip -- she sings "You Light Up My Life"! Or tries to, anyway. Thanks for mentioning it!
I didn't even know this was a show and I'm sure these kids were all like "whats up with the old lady jive?". Shes still got the moves though at 70!
Serously, she's moving better than I could, and I'm at least a few years younger than she was!
It's a toss up for me which is more frightening - this or her version of "Gentle On My Mind". Either way I wake up screaming