Heaven's gong has called for Chuck Barris.
The eccentric television producer and entertainer has passed away at 87, leaving behind a treasure trove of iconic television hits, dating back to the late 60's.
Of course, we have to start with Chuckie himself, on the original Gong Show:
Barris was also a songwriter, having composed Freddy Cannon's hit, "Palisades Park". Barris took the royalties from "Palisades" to start his production company, which began with The Newlywed Game. Scope out a 1969 daytime episode:
And, then, there's The Dating Game. Here's a 1968 primetime episode with Richard Dawson, Bill Bixby, and Steve Martin:
Of course, Chuckie couldn't resist appearing in a 1979 syndicated episode that also featured Gong regular Jaye P. Morgan......
Jim's joke intros in game 1 sound like Chuck might've written them for him, don't ya think?
Barris' autobiography, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, became a feature film in 2002, directed by George Clooney, but anyone that read the tome probably figured that by that point, Barris was permanently out to lunch. A CIA assassin? Barris? Yeah, right. Had to be on something back then.
Rest in peace, Chuck, or, as you'd probably put it, 'bye, y'all.