Raquel! (TV program)
Tonight, Raquel Welch entertains Bob Hope, John Wayne, Tom Jones (and vice versa) You're invited!
|Created by||David Winters|
|Written by||Doug Tibbles. Larry Alexander, Jonathan Axelrod|
|Directed by||David Winters|
|Starring||Raquel Welch, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, John Wayne|
|Theme music composer||Don Randi|
|Country of origin||United States|
John A. Martinelli
|Running time||48 min|
|Original release||April 26, 1970|
Raquel! was an April 26, 1970 CBS television special starring Raquel Welch, Tom Jones, Bob Hope and John Wayne executive produced, directed and choreographed by David Winters produced by Winters' company Winters-Rosen for CBS-TV, originally co-sponsored by Coca-Cola and Motorola. On the day of the premiere, the show received a 51% share on the National ARB Ratings and an impressive Overnight New York Nielsen Rating of 58% share.
Raquel! was filmed in London, Paris, Acapulco, Mexico City, Yucatan, Big Sur, and Los Angeles and featured lavish production numbers. It marked Welch's debut special on television. Together Welch and Jones combined musical and comedic talents on classic rock 'n' roll standards of the era. During the opening montage there was a scene in which Raquel in her space bikini, appeared to be with space men.
The special, considered by some to be a classic '70s timepiece, unites pop-culture icons in their prime. The multimillion-dollar, TV song & dance extravaganza was filmed around the world - from Paris to Mexico. Lavish production numbers of classic songs from the era, extravagant Bob Mackie -designed costumes and notable guest performances. Tom Jones was nearly a co-star, as he sang the long medley of Little Richard and Beatles songs with Raquel, but not before he opened the set with a solo. Even Bob Hope sang a duet, the Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon".
The DVD release
The home video of the special was released by V.I.E.W. in 1998. It is very light on special features. Included are a three-page biography of Welch, a single screen biography of Jones and a Welch photo gallery consisting of scenes from the special, and voiceover from the special. Unlike other vintage TV specials on DVD, no commentary track was present.
Welch and Jones, both, two of the 70s biggest stars, joined by such legendary greats made it an indispensable time capsule full of glamor, wit and talent.
Fourteen songs from the era are featured, although many are in the form of medley. Welch and friends sang songs by the Beatles, Little Richard, The Mamas & the Papas and many others. The oldest was not much older than five years from original release.
|Games People Play||Raquel Welch||Paris|
|Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head||Welch|
|Here Comes the Sun||Welch|
|Good Morning Starshine||Welch|
|Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In||Welch||Mexico|
|I (Who Have Nothing)||Tom Jones||London|
|The Sounds of Silence||Welch|
|Rip It Up (song) / Slippin' n Slidin' / Lucille / Tutti Frutti /Jenny, Jenny / Golly Miss Molly / We're Gonna Have Some Fun Tonight||Welch & Jones|
|Rocky Raccoon||Welch & Bob Hope||Sun Valley, ID|
- Brown, Les (1971). ""Raquel!"". Television: The Business Behind the Box. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. p. 187,188. ISBN 978-0-15-688440-2.
- "Video Cheese: Raquel!". 2008-10-08.
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