Friday, February 21, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 7-8: Charo

*Charo was born in Spain in--Wait, before we get into that, let me say that I personally kind of like there being a bit of mystery with the TV icon that is Charo. So I will include her personal bio details at the end of this post in case you would like to preserve the intrigue.

*Charo the TV special premiered on ABC May 24, 1976 at 8:00 P.M., followed by a showing of The Andromeda Strain. NBC countered with The John Davidson Show and Muhammad Ali vs. Richard Dunn in a heavyweight boxing match. Ali retained his heavyweight championship with a fifth-round TKO. It's unclear how Davidson fared.

*Charo and the Sergeant was created by Aaron Ruben (Andy Griffith, Gomer Pyle) and co-starred BOTNS fave DVP (at least in the pilot, which aired August 24, 1976 on ABC).

*Charo made 10 guest shots on The Love Boat and 3 on Fantasy Island. According to this Me-TV piece, she was only surpassed by Florence Henderson and Marion Ross for appearances on the former.  She was not on The Muppet Show, though!

*Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, opened in 1971 and was bought by Six Flags in 1979.

*Xavier Cugat was married to Charo 1966-1978. The Cuban-born bandleader was in multiple films in the 1940s but was never on The Muppet Show.

*Love Will Keep Us Together by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield was an album track from Sedaka in 1973, and the Captain and Tennille's cover was the number one single of 1975.

*Mannix aired on CBS for 8 seasons from 1967 to 1975.

*Beatrice Colen (1948-1999) was Etta Candy on the Wonder Woman TV series as well as carhop Marsha on Happy Days.

*Mike is 100% correct--It IS Jane Curtin in the One-a-Day vitamin commercial!

*Viva Valdez ran May-September 1976 on ABC. The sitcom about a Mexican-American family in East L.A. was a summer replacement series that didn't stick after its 12 episodes aired.

*The Bicentennial Minutes aired nightly on CBS from July 1974 to the end of 1976. Many are indeed online. A prominent person told viewers what happened 200 years ago on that date.

*Wintergreen Life Savers do indeed make sparks when you chew through them, not when yoy lick them. Thanks to Crack Research Team Intern Laurie for pointing this out!

*Charo's official birth year is 1951--she has legal backing to that effect--but that would make her 15 or 16 when she married Cugat and, more importantly, that would make her 14 on Ed Sullivan's show.  After watching many of her TV appearances, including clips from the 1960s, it seems reasonable to believe she was born in 1941, as official documents (she later claimed were wrong) indicate. There is also a story floating around that she was born in 1945.

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