Saturday, February 03, 2018
I was paging through the pages of Arthur's scrapbook last night as I was signing. So glad we found all of this rare stuff! We will have a bunch of rare things in book #5 too! #rankinbass #book #thearthurrankinjrscrapbook #television #film #Saturday
Friday, February 02, 2018
My collection of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was used in the still gallery in the Man From U.N.C.L.E. dvd box set and on the first soundtrack cover for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. music!
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Bill Giles called me today and we had a nice long chat! Bill was the recording engineer in Canada for Rankin/Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! He also engineered many legendary sessions with artists such as Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Sonny and Cher and even worked on preparing Beatle tracks for the US. This story
always impresses me! Did you know Janis Orenstein nailed her performance of "There's Always Tomorrow" in one take? Bill says He and Bunny Cowan were the only ones in the studio with Janis and her Mom. They recorded a 2nd take as a backup, but they used the first performance for the special! Bill says she was in the studio for all of 15 minutes. Janis went on to become an Opera singer and the last I heard from her, she was living in Germany. Bill said he heard Alfie Scopp (Charlie-In-the-box) passed away. Alfie signed my GE ad and last I heard he was 96. Bill also confirmed that Peg Dixon was the voice of Mrs. Claus. I couldn't remember. #clarice #billgiles #rankinbass #rudolphtherednosedreindeer #canada #rcarecordingstudio #rcavictor #theresalwaystomorrow
C. 2001 Miser Bros Press/Rick Goldschmidt Archives
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
What a great show we have for you tomorrow on RadioLand! My friend Rick Goldschmidt - the Rankin/Bass historian is kind enough to join us for a great interview where we feature his book The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass and a lot of great stories about how he became the Ambassador of the holiday specials of our childhood!
We’ll have great music, stories, and a special look at Groundhog Day through the Rankin/Bass prism so join us at 6pm eastern on www.wvru.org and 89.9fm in the NRV of Virginia.