"Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The '70s, The Way We Were" to Air on PBS

News   "Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The '70s, The Way We Were" to Air on PBS
"Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The '70s, The Way We Were" will air on PBS stations around the country in July and August; check local listings.

Taped live March 17, 2010, at the Bezemes Family Theater at Lindenwood University's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts in St. Charles, MO, the program features performers re-creating their big hits from the 1970s. The special stars BJ Thomas, Three Dog Night, Debby Boone, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Ray Stevens, Freda Payne, Guy and Ralna, Bobby Goldsboro, Billy Joe Royal, Peaches and Herb, Jonathan Edwards, Gloria Gaynor and Tony-winning composer Hamlisch.

In the upcoming TV program, the A Chorus Line composer looks back on the 1970s with nostalgia. "The country breathed a sigh of relief when the 1970s began," he says. "The new decade brought us peace, confidence and a feeling of national pride in our accomplishments. We celebrated our heroes, and sad memories of the previous decade melted away in the dawn of a great new future. We had reached the stars we were aiming for and it's a goal worth remembering today!"

Featured performers and songs include:
Marvin Hamlisch, "The Way We Were" (1973); "Nobody Does It Better" (1977)
• BJ Thomas, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (1970); "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" (1975)
• Debby Boone, "You Light Up My Life" (1977); and, in a special tribute to the Carpenters, "Close to You" (1970)
• Three Dog Night, "Joy to the World" (1971); "Mama Told Me Not to Come" (1971)
• Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" (1976)
• Freda Payne, "Band of Gold" (1970)
• Billy Joe Royal, "Cherry Hill Park" (1970); "Under the Boardwalk" (1978)
• Bobby Goldsboro, "Watching Scotty Grow" (1971)
• Guy and Ralna, "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" (1971)
• Ray Stevens, "Everything Is Beautiful" (1970)
• Group number, "Misty" (1975)
• Peaches and Herb, "Reunited" (1979); "Shake Your Groove Thing" (1978)
• Jonathan Edwards, "Sunshine" (1971)
• Gloria Gaynor, "I Will Survive"

A companion DVD and CD will feature more than 20 minutes of bonus material, including the following performers and songs:

• Three Dog Night, "Shambala" (1973); "I've Never Been to Spain" (1970)
• Ray Stevens, "The Streak" (1974)
• Bobby Goldsboro, "Summer (The First Time)" (1973)
• Guy and Ralna, "Put Your Hand in the Hand" (1973); "You Needed Me" (1978); "Lean on Me" (1972)
• Jonathan Edwards, "That's What Our Life Is" (1974)
• Freda Payne, "Bring the Boys Home" (1971)

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