First hour: Chuck Harter joins Ed, Tony and Donna for Part 1 of a two-part look at the legacy of The Monkees and their impact on music and television. Chuck wrote Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, the acclaimed documentary that originally aired on The Disney Channel, and for which Chuck interviewed Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and other key people behind the Monkees phenomenon. An accomplished musician in his own right, Chuck also performs “I Wanna Be Free” live in the studio. Also in this hour: A look at the 40th anniversary of The Blues Brothers, and how Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi kept the rights to the characters separate and apart from Saturday Night Live. Second hour: Ed, Tony and Donna welcome back Marion Ross, the actress known around the world as “Mrs. C” on Happy Days. Marion’s memoir, My Days: Happy and Otherwise, is an inspiring story about how a young girl from Albert Lea, Minnesota dreamed at a young age that she would be an actress—and how Marion set about making that dream come true, never losing sight of that goal, despite facing such real life challenges as a dysfunctional marriage, her first husband’s alcoholism, going through the pain of divorce, overcoming financial struggles and raising two children on her own as a working mom. My Days: Happy and Otherwise also includes great stories about Marion’s work alongside Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable, Tony Curtis and her idol, Noel Coward, plus memories from her Happy Days cast mates—including the very last interviews ever given by Garry Marshall and Erin Moran.
For our listeners in Southern California, Marion Ross will be appearing at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 3pm.
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