Monday, January 16, 2017

Celebrity Rock: Don Knotts sings! (1970)

After leaving The Andy Griffith Show, Don Knotts turned his attention to movies, with films like "Shakiest Gun in the West" and "The Incredible Mr. Limpet". In 1970, he fronted his own variety show, not on CBS, but NBC. Around that same time, Knotts had landed a commercial endorsement deal with Dodge, and we'll show you some of those ads another time.

Here, though, is a small clip from the 1970 Don Knotts Variety Hour, as Don sings to his daughter, Karen, who also uploaded the clip to YouTube. Just don't know what the title of the song is.

There are instances where Don sang with Andy Griffith, and we'll get those up soon.


Mike Doran said...

The song is called "Turn Around", credited to Malvina Reynolds and Harry Belafonte (the latter had the first widely-played record, circa 1957).
Just about every male singer from that time to this has performed this in all available media since its introduction; if the singer had a young daughter to sing it to *as did Don Knotts does in the clip), so much the better.

Malvina Reynolds was an old folkie, very popular in the '50-'60s; her best-remembered song may be "Little Boxes", her back-handed "tribute" to suburban development, which every folkie (and more than a few singers who weren't) had a swat at in the '60s.

Research - it's wonderful!

hobbyfan said...

Thanks, Mike. It's too bad there isn't a longer clip available.