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America Sings
America Sings
was an attraction at Disneyland
Disneyland
in Anaheim, California, United States, from 1974 to 1988. It featured a cast of audio animatronics animals that entertained the audience by singing songs from various periods in America's musical history, often in a humorous fashion.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Incident 1.2 Closure

2 Cast 3 The songs

3.1 Intro 3.2 Act 1 – The Deep South 3.3 Act 2 – Headin' West 3.4 Act 3 – The Gay '90s 3.5 Act 4 – Modern Times 3.6 Epilogue

4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

America Sings
America Sings
exterior

America Sings
America Sings
opened on June 29, 1974, replacing the General Electric-sponsored Carousel of Progress
Carousel of Progress
attraction, which had moved to the Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
at the Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort
in 1973. America Sings used the same Carousel Theater as its predecessor. The building had an outer ring of six theaters, connected by divider walls, that revolved mechanically about every four minutes around the six fixed stages in the center of the building. Unlike Disneyland's Carousel of Progress, which rotated clockwise, America Sings
America Sings
rotated in a counter-clockwise direction. Also, unlike Carousel of Progress, America Sings
America Sings
only used the lower level of the Carousel Theater. The upper level was eventually used to house the SuperSpeed Tunnel in 1977 (which later became the Game Grid of Tron) that the PeopleMover
PeopleMover
transportation attraction passed through. Written primarily by Marc Davis and Al Bertino, America Sings
America Sings
was comparable to Disneyland's Country Bear Jamboree, in that it featured a singing cast of audio-animatronics animals. The show's Masters of Ceremonies were an American bald eagle named Sam (voiced by Burl Ives) and an owl named Ollie (voiced by Sam Edwards). The image of Eagle Sam was designed by Disney animator Marc Davis, as were the other characters. Eagle Sam is completely separate from the Sam the Olympic Eagle character designed a decade later by C. Robert Moore (also a Disney employee) for the 1984 Summer Olympics, or the Muppet Sam the Eagle. Like the Carousel of Progress, the first and the last scenes of America Sings
America Sings
involved the loading and unloading of guests, while the other four scenes, or "acts," depicted a particular era. However, the identical load and unload theaters each featured a small curtained gazebo with a backdrop showing a park. The curtains would open to reveal Sam and Ollie standing on a two-level podium, with Sam standing on the higher level, introducing or closing the show. Between each act, as the theater rotated, the lights blacked out, and the theater illuminated with flashing stars; during the rotations, Sam sang about the next era the audience was about to enter, reprising the chorus of "Yankee Doodle".[1] Also, at some point in each act, the Weasel would suddenly appear on the scene, spouting the title line, "Pop, Goes the Weasel!" for a total of five times. At the very end of the show, he changed the line to, "Goodbye, Goes the Weasel!" The characters in America Sings
America Sings
were patterned after the characters from the concept art for an animated movie called Chanticleer that Walt Disney scrapped back in the 1960s. Incident[edit] On July 8, 1974, nine days after the attraction opened, 18-year-old hostess Deborah Gail Stone was accidentally crushed to death between two walls of the building between 10:35 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. A narrow channel between a stationary wall and a rotating wall was open and Stone either fell, stepped backwards, or tried to jump from one stage to the other as the rotating wall began to move (it moved every 2 to 4 minutes which was how long each act was). Her death was pronounced at 11:00 p.m., when the carousel was being reset for a new cycle. One of the audience members heard Stone's screams and notified park staff. Other employees didn't notice the dismembered body until the end of the show and thought that Deborah's death screams were part of the show. By the time the audience member and the staff got to her, it was too late. Stone died from her injuries. Stone's parents sued Disneyland
Disneyland
for the death of their daughter, which resulted in a small settlement.[2][3] After Stone's accident, the attraction was abruptly closed down and remained closed while safety lights were being installed. Later on, the walls in the theater were remodeled so that they would break away in case a similar accident happened. The attraction reopened three days after the incident on July 11. Stone is buried in Fairhaven Memorial Park in her hometown of Santa Ana. Closure[edit] America Sings
America Sings
was born out of the company's desire to celebrate America's Bicentennial. It didn't quite fit the theme of the land, but its relevance to that period in America made it appropriate. However, once the Bicentennial was over, the attraction became more misplaced, in a land dedicated to all things futuristic. Disney's Imagineering team began dreaming up new ideas for Tomorrowland, that included a new show in the carousel theater more fitting for the land of the future. Separately, in the summer of 1983, the idea for a log flume attraction that would become Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain
was conceived by Imagineer and Disney Legend Tony Baxter[4]. Knowing America Sings
America Sings
was eventually to close for a more appropriately themed show, the idea developed to give most of America Sings' audio animatronic figures a new home in Splash Mountain. In 1986, roughly two years before America Sings' impending closure, two audio-animatronic geese were taken out of the attraction. Their "skin" was removed, leaving only the robotic skeletons. Their heads were then replaced, and they were used as two talkative G2 droids in the queue to Star Tours, which would open in early 1987.[5] One of them (named G2-9T) still sings a modified "I've Been Working on the Railroad" (retitled "I've Been Looking at the Same Bag") in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. As a result, the geese quartets in Acts 1 and 2 became trios until America Sings
America Sings
closed for good. Show sponsor Del Monte having already ended its sponsorship, America Sings officially closed on Sunday, April 10, 1988. Within days, crews soon began to move most of the Audio-Animatronic animals to Splash Mountain, which opened in the summer of 1989. The rock and roll stork in the finale is now used by Imagineers for training new Animatronics programmers, acting as a final exam of sorts. The remainder of the show's Audio-Animatronics
Audio-Animatronics
were recycled. The Carousel Theater was used as office space for ten years. During this time, the carousel theater's external appearance was unchanged, and the upper level continued to house the Tron
Tron
tunnel for the PeopleMover
PeopleMover
until that attraction ceased to operate in 1995. A large sign in front of the building showed Sorcerer Mickey alongside text reading, "Sorry, we're closed to imagineer a brand new attraction." This gave guests some hope that a new attraction was in the works, but the building was not touched for nearly a decade. For many years guests wondered what the new attraction replacing America Sings
America Sings
was going to be. For a few years, during the planned 'Disney Decade' started by Michael Eisner, a new audio-animatronic show called Plectu's Fantastic Intergalactic Revue was to open. It was to have been an outer space-themed musical-variety revue featuring a troupe of Audio-Animatronics
Audio-Animatronics
itinerant alien musicians whose spaceship had landed in Tomorrowland. The idea was part of the original " Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland
2055" plan and was planned to open around 1994. However, Disneyland
Disneyland
Paris, which opened in 1992, ended up costing the Disney company billions of dollars putting them in debt, so the whole " Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland
2055" plan was scrapped due to budget considerations. From the day of its closure until 1996, the inside of the lower level of the Carousel Theater was used for storage and office space leaving only remnants of deteriorating sets and backdrops as well as the empty, unused theater seats. America Sings
America Sings
was finally replaced by Innoventions, a version of the Epcot
Epcot
attraction of the same name, in 1998 as part of the new Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland
update of that year. Cast[edit]

Burl Ives
Burl Ives
– Sam the Eagle Sam Edwards – Ollie Owl Rex Allen
Rex Allen
– "Sombrero" Dog Sue Allen – Collegiate Quartet Member Mic Bell – Alligator, Biker Bird, Biker Chick, "Rattle and Roll" Frog, "Rattle and Roll" Stork Ray Campi – Swamp Boy Peggy Clark – Collegiate Quartet Member Bill Cole – Boothill Boy, Collegiate Quartet Member, Tenor Fox, Singing Goose Mac Curtis – Swamp Boy Jewel Hall – Geary Hanley – Swamp Boy Bill Lee – Boothill Boy, Collegiate Quartet Member, Singing Goose Diana Lee – "The Wandering Boy's" Mother Ray McKinley – Piano Pig Gene Merlino – Singing Goose Tim Morgan – Rock and Roll Stork Lloyd Perryman – "Home on the Range" Dog Cheryl Poole – Gilded Cage Chicken Jean Ritchie
Jean Ritchie
– Mother Possum Skuffy Shew – Convict Fox Betty Taylor – Bill Bailey Pig Jerry Whitman – Singing Goose Chill Wills
Chill Wills
– Saddlesore Swanson

The songs[edit] Norman "Buddy" Baker arranged a selection of songs chosen to represent a panoramic view of American music.[6] Intro[edit]

"Yankee Doodle" – Eagle Sam "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" – Eagle Sam "Pop Goes the Weasel" – Ollie Owl
Owl
and the weasel

Act 1 – The Deep South[edit]

"Dixie" / "L'il Liza Jane" / "Camptown Races" – Geese
Geese
Quartet "My Old Kentucky Home" – Colonel Houndstoothe (Bassett hound in rocking chair) "Polly Wolly Doodle" – The Swamp Boys (gator trio, frogs, and harmonica-playing raccoon) "Lord I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again" – Mother Possum with babies "Down in the Valley" – Coyote "Down by the Riverside" – Hens, Foxes, Swamp Boy Frogs

Act 2 – Headin' West[edit]

"Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill" / "I've Been Working on the Railroad" / "Fireball Mail" – Geese
Geese
Quartet, a rabbit and a coyote "The Old Chisholm Trail" – Saddlesore Swanson (turkey) "Who Shot The Hole in My Sombrero?" – Sombrero-wearing dog "The End of Billy the Kid" – The Boothill Boys (vulture duo) "Home on the Range" – Tex Ranger (dog)

Act 3 – The Gay '90s[edit]

"She May Be Somebody's Mother" / "The Bowery" / "After the Ball" – Geese
Geese
Quartet "Where is My Wandering Boy To-night?" – Geese
Geese
Quartet & Mother Rabbit "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey" – Showgirl Pig "Sweet Adeline" – Blossom-Nose Murphy (goose) & Geese
Geese
Quartet "The Old Gray Mare" – The Old Gray Mare & Geese
Geese
Quartet "Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage" – Bird in a Gilded Cage and Fox "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay" – Bird in a Gilded Cage, Fox, Storks, Geese Quartets (male and female), Pig, Sam and Ollie

Act 4 – Modern Times[edit]

"Ja-Da" / "Darktown Strutters' Ball" / "Singin' in the Rain" – Geese Quartet "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" / "Boo-Hoo" – College Quartet (male wolf, male fox and two female cats) "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" – Piano Pig "Hound Dog" / "See You Later Alligator" – Rooster, Stork, Porcupine, Hound Dog, and Alligator "Shake, Rattle and Roll" – Rooster
Rooster
and Frog "Twistin' U.S.A." – Motorcycle storks "Joy to the World" – Modern Times cast (except Piano Pig)

Epilogue[edit]

"Yankee Doodle" (reprise) – Eagle Sam "Auld Lang Syne" – Eagle Sam and Ollie Exit music: "Stars and Stripes Forever"

References[edit]

^ Complete show script from DisneyPhenom.com (via archive.org). and complete script at Operation Preserve Disneyland. Archived October 25, 2009. ^ Remembering Deborah - July 8, 1974 ^ Mouseplanet: In Memory ^ "Song of the South.net - Splash Mountain: Facts and Trivia". www.songofthesouth.net. Retrieved 2017-09-15.  ^ America Sings
America Sings
Historical DVD Archived 2007-03-01 at the Wayback Machine. from Extinct Attractions Club ^ "Guide to the Norman "Buddy" Baker Collection". Fales Library and Special
Special
Collections. New York University Libraries. 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2007. 

External links[edit]

Yesterland entry on the show Deborah Gail Stone on snopes.com Deborah Gail Stone at Find a Grave America Sings
America Sings
Farewell Part 1 (YouTube video documenting final performance of America Sings) -- accessed July 6, 2008 America Sings
America Sings
Farewell Part 2 (YouTube video documenting final performance of America Sings) -- accessed July 6, 2008 Mickey Mouse Park information on America Sings

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The Sherman Brothers

Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman

Motion pictures

The Parent Trap (1961) The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
(1961) Greyfriars Bobby (1961) Bon Voyage! (1962) A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962) In Search of the Castaways (1962) Big Red (1962) Moon Pilot
Moon Pilot
(1962) Summer Magic
Summer Magic
(1963) The Sword in the Stone (1963) The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
(1964) The Moon-Spinners
The Moon-Spinners
(1964) Mary Poppins (1964) Those Calloways
Those Calloways
(1965) The Monkey's Uncle (1965) That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
(1965) Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
(1966) Follow Me Boys
Follow Me Boys
(1966) The Happiest Millionaire
The Happiest Millionaire
(1967) The Jungle Book (1967) The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
(1967) The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
(1968) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(1968) Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
(1968) The Aristocats
The Aristocats
(1970) Goldilocks (1971) Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971) Snoopy, Come Home
Snoopy, Come Home
(1972) Charlotte's Web (1973) Tom Sawyer (1973) Huckleberry Finn (1974) Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
(1974) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1976) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1977) The Magic of Lassie
The Magic of Lassie
(1978) Magic Journeys (1982) Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
(1983) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1992) The Mighty Kong
The Mighty Kong
(1998) Seasons of Giving
Seasons of Giving
(1999) The Tigger Movie (2000)

Stage musicals and musical revues

Victory Canteen (1971) Over Here!
Over Here!
(1974) Dawgs (1983) The Slipper and the Rose
The Slipper and the Rose
(1984) Busker Alley (1994) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(2002) On the Record (2004) Mary Poppins (2004) Merry-Go-Round workshop (2007) A Spoonful of Sherman
A Spoonful of Sherman
(2014)

Theme park attractions

Golden Horseshoe Revue (1955) King Arthur Carrousel
King Arthur Carrousel
(1955) Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
(1963) It's a Small World
It's a Small World
(1966) Adventure Thru Inner Space
Adventure Thru Inner Space
(1967) Main Street Electrical Parade
Main Street Electrical Parade
(1972) America Sings
America Sings
(1974) Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Carousel of Progress
(1975) America on Parade (1975) CommuniCore
CommuniCore
(1982) Imagination! (1982) Magic Journeys (1982) The World Showcase
World Showcase
March (1982) Japan (Epcot)
Japan (Epcot)
(1982) Journey into Imagination (1983) Meet the World (1983) Innoventions (1998) Rocket Rods
Rocket Rods
(1998) The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1999) Disneyland
Disneyland
Forever (2015)

Books

Walt's Time: from before to beyond (1998) Moose: Chapters From My Life (2013)

Related

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks
(2013) The Jungle

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