Funshine Friday: ‘Tom Sawyer’ Movie, ‘Gratifaction’ Song (1973)

Tom Sawyer taking 'Gratifaction,' 1973.

Tom Sawyer taking ‘Gratifaction,’ 1973.

A most pleasant Funshine Friday to all! Here’s a clip from a movie you might have watched on a lazy Sunday morning in 1973.

It’s Johnny Whitaker and friends singing “Gratifaction” from the movie Tom Sawyer.

‘Tom Sawyer’ Movie: ‘Gratifaction’ Song, 1973

Previously on Funshine Friday: Little Ronald McDonald Doll (1977)

More Johnny Whitaker at Bionic Disco: ‘Sigmund And The Sea Monsters': Johnny Whitaker Sings ‘Lovin’ Ain’t Easy’ (1973)

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Rad Ads: James Brown For Falstaff Beer (1970)

James Brown for Falstaff Beer. ('Ebony' magazine, February, 1970)

James Brown for Falstaff Beer. (‘Ebony’ magazine, February, 1970)

“You don’t have to push so hard. Relax!”

Even the hardest working man in show biz needs a break now and again. James Brown for Falstaff Beer originally appeared in the February, 1970 issue of Ebony magazine.

(Source: Ebony)

Previously on Rad Ads: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Ecology Stickers (1973)

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Music For Monday: Captain & Tennille, ‘Muskrat Love’ (1976)

Just admit you love it and move on. (Toni Tennille sings 'Muskrat Love,' 1976)

Just admit you love it and move on. (Toni Tennille sings ‘Muskrat Love,’ 1976)

It is time. Time for Captain & Tennille to sing the 30th biggest hit song of 1976 – “Muskrat Love.”

“Muskrat Susie…Muskrat Sam…”

Captain & Tennille: ‘Muskrat Love,’ 1976

Previously on Music for Monday: The Osmonds, ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’ (1976)

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Funshine Friday: Little Ronald McDonald Doll (1977)

"There's a brand new clown in town..." (McDonald's commercial, 1976/77)

“There’s a brand new clown in town…” (McDonald’s commercial, 1976/77)

Happy Funshine Friday, Bionic pals! Here’s an early morning commercial for McDonald’s you may have caught in 1976 or ’77 featuring the Little Ronald McDonald doll.

Only $1.00! That’s a cheap gift. Somehow though, the whole clown thing seems slightly creepy in retrospect.

Little Ronald McDonald Doll Commercial, 1977

Previously on Funshine Friday: ‘Sesame Street’ – Ernie & Bert ‘Emotions’ (1975)

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Show Toppers: ‘Flying High’ (1978)

'Flying High' TV title, 1978

‘Flying High’ TV title, 1978

By the great, grey strands of Howard Cosell’s toupee! It’s been much too long since we’ve flipped on the box for an episode of Show Toppers. Let’s dive right into another long-lost 1970s TV intro.

Flying High ran on CBS from September of 1978 to January of 1979. The humorous adventure series focuses on three young ladies, all recent graduates of flight attendant school. The trio work together on a Sunwest Airlines jumbo jet based in California.

'Flying High' cast; Connie Sellecca (Lisa), Kathryn Witt (Pam), and Pat Klous (Marcy).

‘Flying High’ cast; Connie Sellecca (Lisa), Kathryn Witt (Pam), and Pat Klous (Marcy).

New York fashion models and fledgling actors; Connie Sellecca, Kathryn Witt and Pat Klous were cast as Lisa, Pam and Marcy. Howard Platt co-stars as Captain March. Sellecca went on to find fame on The Greatest American Hero and Hotel.

‘Flying High’ TV Intro, 1978

Flying High Wiki, IMDb

Additional info from The Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows by Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh.

Previously on Show Toppers: Joe Don Baker In ‘Eischied’ (1979)

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Music For Monday: The Osmonds, ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’ (1976)

Not 'Yee Haw,' but an incredible simulation. ('Donny & Marie,' 1976)

Not ‘Yee Haw,’ but an incredible simulation. (‘Donny & Marie,’ 1976)

Remember when Donny & Marie and The Osmonds teamed up with Roy Clark, Charo and George Gobel for a rollicking version of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”? I know you couldn’t forget that – it was a highlight of the decade.

The clip below originally aired on Donny & Marie in 1976. You won’t want to miss the “humorous” chatter before the tune, but if you’d like to jump right to the music, that starts at 3:10. Breakdown!

The Osmonds: ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown,’ 1976

Previously on Music for Monday: Ramones At Max’s Kansas City (Live ’76)

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