Disney Music Exhibit Coming to Southern CA





Presented at Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology
February 6 – May 10, 2009

Just got my letter from EMP to extend my "loan" of records for the exhibit. After the exhibit completes it's run in California it will move to Florida :wacko: You east coaster will have a chance to see it then.
 

almandot

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Just got my letter from EMP to extend my "loan" of records for the exhibit. After the exhibit completes it's run in California it will move to Florida :wacko: You east coaster will have a chance to see it then.
Where's the original post by Jay? Where's it coming to, etc?
 

stevek

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Here is a link to a news video about the exhibit in Hemet. Note that Randy is now clean shaven :wacko:

http://www.pe.com/video/index.html?nvid=329638&shu=1

http://westerncentermuseum.org/index.php?o...ew&extid=61

Thursday, March 19th

Randy Thornton, Producer, and Jeff Sheridan, Sound Engineer, Walt Disney Records, will speak on the history of the music in the theme parks and how those elements are built into the audio of the official albums. The presentation will feature very rare recordings and storeis as only Randy and Jeff can tell them. Don't miss this very special event.

FREE to members, $8 for non-members, $5 for students.
 

Joseph

Member
Here is a link to a news video about the exhibit in Hemet. Note that Randy is now clean shaven :lol:

http://www.pe.com/video/index.html?nvid=329638&shu=1

http://westerncentermuseum.org/index.php?o...ew&extid=61

Thursday, March 19th

Randy Thornton, Producer, and Jeff Sheridan, Sound Engineer, Walt Disney Records, will speak on the history of the music in the theme parks and how those elements are built into the audio of the official albums. The presentation will feature very rare recordings and storeis as only Randy and Jeff can tell them. Don't miss this very special event.

FREE to members, $8 for non-members, $5 for students.
Just curious to know if anybody on this board went to see this presentation and what they thought about it. I don't recall seeing much about it or any of the details.
I saw the exhibit while it was in Hemet and very much enjoyed it. They did a pretty good job of balancing the various areas of interest, in terms of film, theme parks, recordings etc. I noticed just a few factual errors in some of the exhibits, that I'm sure can't be corrected at this stage. For example, they make a quite glaring error when they say that Annette Funicello's record hits in 1956 helped convince Walt and Roy Disney to start their own record company. Annette didn't have her first record out until 1958, after the record company had been around for two years, and her first smash hit was "Tall Paul" in 1959. They stated this in two different displays. They also had a 45 picture sleeve by Louis Armstrong(courtesy of Ken Stigen) of "Bout Time/Ten Feet Off the Ground" from "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band", which had a date of 1971 even though it was released in 1968, when the film came out. They also had a copy of the LP "Walt Disney Takes You to Disneyland"(again courtesy of Ken Stigen) but they had it in the case backwards. The caption identifies it as the back of the LP jacket, but they had the front showing. I've seen a photo from the exhibit when it was in Seattle and they had the correct side showing.
Also in Seattle they had Darlene Gillespie's Mouseketeer T Shirt and a Talent Roundup outfit from the original Mickey Mouse Club, but in Hemet they replaced these with a Viewmaster display and Lisa Whelchel's jacket from the 1970's Mickey Mouse Club. Anybody know the reason for the change?
I also very much enjoyed Stacia Martin's presentation "Sounds Delightful!" at the exhibit on May 9. She showed many slides of her personal record collection and played several rare recordings, including production acetates and promo records. It was a two hour plus long presentation but it seemed to be over way too fast. She really knows her Disney music! Everyone seemed to enjoy it.
If anyone wants to comment, please do.
 
Joseph,
Thanks for sharing about the exhibit. I wonder what changes (if any) they will make to the exhibit in Florida. If anyone gets there, please make a post and let us know.

Glad you made it to see Stacia's presentation. Wish I could have made that one. Did you take any pictures or recordings?
Speaking of Stacia, last night I was watching a True Life Adventure Series (DVD #3) and they had a "Collector's Corner" extra that starred her talking about memoribillia from the series including some soundtracks.

Ken
 

Joseph

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Joseph,
Thanks for sharing about the exhibit. I wonder what changes (if any) they will make to the exhibit in Florida. If anyone gets there, please make a post and let us know.

Glad you made it to see Stacia's presentation. Wish I could have made that one. Did you take any pictures or recordings?
Speaking of Stacia, last night I was watching a True Life Adventure Series (DVD #3) and they had a "Collector's Corner" extra that starred her talking about memoribillia from the series including some soundtracks.

Ken
I'm afraid I never even thought of taking pictures or recording. I have quite a good retentive memory though, so I can pretty much tell you all the things she played and showed. Here are some:

-First record with a Disney song: "Mickey Mouse Song" on a 7" Playtime children's record, early '30s.
-The first Disney record she ever owned(stolen from her brother!) "Songs from Uncle Remus" Mickey Mouse Club 78rpm record, DBR 66, she played "Zip a Dee Dooh Dah" by Jimmie Dodd and the Executives
-A great little tune called "I Am Not Now(and Never Have Been In Love)" by Tommy Cole and Darlene Gillespie, with Quincy Jones and his Orchestra on Hansen Records, from 1955
-A promo of the Osmonds singing "I'd Like To Be You For a Day" from the film "Freaky Friday" from 1976
-The Beatles tune "All My Lovin'" sung by Annette Funicello from the LP "Something Borrowed, Something Blue"(1965)
-A production acetate of Hayley Mills and her double, Susan Henning, recording a scene from "The Parent Trap"
-A production acetate of an unknown female vocal group singing the song "The Shaggy Dog" with sound man Jimmy McDonald as Shaggy from 1958. Then she played the version with Roberta Shore and Paul Frees from the 1959 "The Shaggy Dog" LP and asked if anyone in the audience knew who was doing the voice of Shaggy. (Of course I shouted out the answer. She was impressed.)
-Some radio station promo LP's, with radio ads for "The Parent Trap"(1968 reissue), "Bambi" (an interview with Walt Disney)(1963 reissue), "Now You See Him, Now You Don't", with Kurt Russell, 1972
-A selection from the album "Teen Street", from 1963 (although she said 1964,oops!) with Maurice Chevalier and Hayley Mills (hilarious)
-Hayley Mills singing "America The Beautiful" from Pollyanna, 1960.
-Hayley Mills and others singing "Femininity" from the Alcoa Wrap promo 45 of "Summer Magic" - these songs were recorded especially for the 45, not from the soundtrack LP
-A production acetate of Annette singing "I Can't Do the Sum" from "Babes in Toyland"
-A portion of former Mouseketeer Judy Harriet's version of "Tall Paul" on Surf Records, before Annette recorded it
-Several versions of the song "Mickey Mouse's Birthday Party" through the years.
-A song called "Pluto's Song", sung in Italian from an Italian record (also hilarious)
-"Alice in Wonderland" and "All In The Golden Afternoon" from the 1957 album "Alice in Wonderland"
-"Come Go With Me" from Darlene Gillespie's 1957 album "Darlene of The Teens"

Plus several other things, but I've probably already bored you enough. Maybe I'll list them a little later.

She also gave out raffle tickets as we entered and had a raffle at the end for several of the Xeroxed copies of album art hanging on the wall behind her. I was one of the winners as luck would have it. I picked a 78rpm cover of "The Mickey Mouse Club March/The Merry Mouseketeers' March" on Hollywood Recording Guild #2005, a record I don't already own.

She told the audience she would love at some point to publish a book with art from Disney records. I hope she does. She has so much great stuff in her collection.
 

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