This post is adapted from the very first Screen Play show I did on WRUU Savannah back in March of 2020. The playlist of all the songs that aired on that show will be at the bottom of this post.
The first song was the original theme song for Will & Grace covered by Piano Rumbático. The show’s theme was Comedy Movies and TV Sitcoms.
Sweet Child O’ Mine by Sheryl Crow is from the 1999 movie Big Daddy
staring Adam Sandler and the very young Cole and Dylan Sprouce. I remember seeing Big Daddy in 1999 when I lived in Phoenix, Arizona. We all know that Adam Sandler when on to star and several movies but what about the Sprouce brothers?
They went on to have a successful Disney career starring in The Suite Life and the sequel the Suit Life on Deck. Then the twins went to college. Cole has most recently returned to the TV screen playing Jughead on The CW series Riverdale. Dylan is currently involved in some projects yet to be released.
Feels Like a Sunday by Elderbrook is from the 2018 season of God Friended Me. In April 2020, the series was canceled.
Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain goes all the way back to 1952.
The three singers and dancers in that movie were Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds was only 19 at the time and she had no prior dance experience. She commuted to the set by bus from her parent’s home.
The song Got to Be Real is a disco track from 1996 by Cheryl Lynn. It was featured on the first season of Will and Grace back in 1998. Ironically Debbie Reynolds played Grace’s mom on the series. Will and Grace was one of my favorite shows of all time. Three TV shows have won Emmys for all their main cast. They are All in the Family, The Golden Girls, and Will and Grace. Will & Grace ran for 8 season on NBC from 1998-2006 and was revived by the network 4 years ago. As with most things the original series was much better than the revival. The revival was cancelled after 3 seasons.
The song Radio People by Zapp is from the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
That movie was so funny as Ferris and his group of misfit friends skipped school and of course trouble ensued. If you have seen the movie you remeber Ben Stein playing the monotone teacher that when taking the roll repeated Bueller several times.
The song Dynamite by Detective was featured on the first season of WKRP in Cincinnati in 1978. WKRP in Cincinnati was about a radio station that switches from sedate music to top-40 rock ‘n’ roll, its staff of oddball characters has to switch gears quickly.
In My Life by Judy Collins was featured on the 1988 sitcom The Wonder Years.
The show was set in the 1960s. To this day I still watch reruns of this show. It is one of the few shows that almost always makes you feel better after watching. The Wonder Years won ABC an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. It would take the network 22 years to win another one. This time it was the hit sitcom Modern Family.
Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line by Waylon Jennings is from the crazy Will Ferrell movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Being originally from the Carolinas especially the Charlotte area which is the home of NASCAR, I enjoy this film. It was typical Will Ferrel corniness but it gave me a good laugh.
Maybe by Janis Joplin who was one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. It was from the short lived 1999 show Freaks and Geeks.
The actors from this show went on to major success including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Busy Phillips who a year after Freaks and Geeks was canceled went on to start in the final 3 seasons of Dawson’s Creek.
The song His Morning Promenade was by Charlie Chaplin. Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, “The Tramp”, and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977. The song we played came from his 1921 movie The Kid.
The final two songs I played on air that night were In The Meantime by Spacehog from the single season Netflix show Everything Sucks and Beautiful Stranger by Madonna from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
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