Thursday, May 15, 2014

Olivia (1978)

Last night, I received the following text message:
Ever see the Olivia Newton-John TV Special with Abba and Andy Gibb?  I don't remember ever seeing it but I just watched the ever loving crap out of it on YT.
And now you can watch the ever loving crap out of it, too.  And you should:

This is the original feed, not what actually aired.  More information about this clip is available over at the YouTube site. Other than the sweet tunes and gorgeous Olivia, what strikes me is that this is filmed one-take with a live orchestra and the medley lasts almost 19 minutes.  Impressive.  Sure, there's some clunkers (the most obvious is at 12:10), but it's more entertaining than any lip-synching performance.

The best I can determine, the Olivia special was aired Wednesday, May 17, 1978 on ABC.  Here's the running order for this medley:
  • If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
  • Dancing Queen
  • Fernando
  • I Just Want To Be Your Everything
  • Have You Never Been Mellow
  • Please Mr. Please
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
  • Shadow Dancing
  • Hopelessly Devoted To You
  • If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
  • Thank You For The Music

H/T to Herc over at Herc's Hideaway for hipping me to this video and to YouTube user ArgoWho for uploading and sharing this clip.  Many thanks.

1 comment :

  1. Hey!
    I was just watching the ever loving crap out of this.
    Non-stereo full length program can be viewed HERE.

    There's also another Olivia TV special that features Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man - twelve year old me's head just exploded!