TV Q&A: A Journey into the Music Vault | Entertainment

You have questions. I have some answers – after a long visit to the Entertainment Vault.

Q: On Christmas Day a few years ago, I heard Elvis Presley sing a holiday song with the refrain of “Why can’t every day be like Christmas?” I searched on iTunes, I searched it on Google, etc., but I couldn’t find this song. Do you have any ideas?

A: Let me dig deep into my own collection of Elvis and… there’s “If Every Day Were Like Christmas,” written by Elvis’ friend Red West. First released in 1966, it has appeared on several Elvis Christmas collections over the years.

Q: Can you identify a song and singer from 1950. It was called “Wanderin'” and I used to write to the only radio station we had and ask for it to be played. I found other songs with the same name but not my song.

A: You were looking for a recording of bandleader Sammy Kaye’s “Wanderin'” (whose catchphrase was “Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye”), with vocals from Tony Alamo and the Kaye Choir. Although there are other versions of the song, which date back well before 1950, we were able to pin it down after hearing Kaye’s recording on YouTube. There are various collections of Kaye recordings available.

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Q: Here’s one for old memories: many years ago I remember a TV show, or series, taking place in an office in front of computers, where all the bosses were women and the secretaries were men. The men endured the usual harassment – patting on the buttocks, sexual innuendo, etc. Any info on this show?

A: You most likely remember “All That Glitters,” a satirical Norman Lear soap opera that aired in syndication for a few months in 1977. The cast included Linda Gray, Eileen Brennan, Lois Nettleton, and Gary Sandy. Cary O’Dell of noted that Lear’s success with another comedy soap opera, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”, led to “All That Glitters”, but the latter failed to attract an audience. O’Dell says the show was interesting and pointed in its social commentary, but still not artistically successful. I remember watching it back then and not sticking with it.

Q: Many years ago we saw a movie with John Belushi called “Continental Divide”. We would like to see him again. Where should I look?

A: “Continental Divide,” from 1981, was an attempt to make Belushi a romantic comedy star, in this case opposite Blair Brown. It was Belushi’s penultimate screen role, followed only by “Neighbors” later that same year. Online rental sites with the movie include Amazon Prime Video and VUDU. It was also released on DVD and Blu-ray.

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