My Music: 50s Pop Parade

Sat, 03/14/2009 - 3:00pm

Robert Goulet hosts and performs in this special

My Music debuts a star-studded sequel to 2004's Magic Moments - The Best of 50s Pop. My Music: 50s Pop Parade, featuring an illustrious line-up of yesteryear's favorite melodies, airs Saturday, March 14 at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT21.1). The program provides a heart-warming look back at American pop culture with a selection of songs and artists that have withstood the test of time.

One of the most enduring pop baritones to emerge from the Broadway stage, Grammy-winner Robert Goulet, hosts this nostalgic journey, taking viewers back to a time when hit songs reflected romance, hope and humor.

My Music: 50s Pop Parade presents timeless tunes that define the pop musical soundtrack in America during the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, mixing fresh onstage performances with rare archival clips not seen in decades.

Ed Ames, another veteran of the Great White Way, serenades the audience with a pair of beloved theater ballads: Try to Remember (from the long-running The Fantasticks) and My Cup Runneth Over (from I Do, I Do). The Four Lads join Ames in a rousing rendition of The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane, originally a 1954 hit for the Ames Brothers.

Songbird Kay Starr comes out of retirement to perform her number-one smash The Wheel of Fortune, while Patti Page revisits the million-selling How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? and Margaret Whiting reprises a charming evergreen, Moonlight in Vermont.

The ageless (94 years old) Tony Martin, who first appeared in films during the 1930s, sings two of his greatest standards, There's No Tomorrow and Begin the Beguine. Italian crooner Jerry Vale brings back his 1956 Columbia Records hit You Don't Know Me.

A number of legendary vocal groups reunite on 50s Pop Parade to present their cherished songs: the Mills Brothers (Paper Doll, Glow Worm), the Ink Spots (I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire), the Gaylords (From the Vine Came the Grape), the Crew Cuts (Earth Angel) and the Fleetwoods (Come Softly to Me).

Host Robert Goulet concludes this special event with a powerful pair of stage masterpieces, If Ever I Would Leave You (from Camelot) and The Impossible Dream (from Man From La Mancha).