Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunshine, lollipops and … "Batman"?

In a previous blog entry, I mentioned my favorite portrayal of the “Batman” arch villainess Catwoman was done by the one, and the only, Julie Newmar. But, it was double the fun in Episode 74, “That Darn Catwoman” and Episode 75, “Scat Darn Catwoman,” with the portrayal of Catwoman’s assistant by pop singer, Leslie Gore.

Gore is probably best known for her songs, “It’s My Party,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows.” In her “Batman” appearances, she sang the song, “California Nights.” So, how did Gore swing an appearance on the classic television show? It probably didn’t hurt that Howie Horowitz, the show’s producer, was Gore’s uncle.

I now have the “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” song stuck in my head. It’s gonna take me at least a week to get it out of there.

Here are some sites to check out:

A quick clip of Julie Newmar and Leslie Gore on “Batman”:

You can see Gore belting out “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” (not on “Batman”) here:

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