Spring Thing (1969)
Hosting Spring Thing with Bobbie Gentry April 28, 1969
In 1969, Noel Harrison hosted an hour-long special on America's NBC network called Spring Thing. The co-host was singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry and guests included Shirley Bassey and Goldie Hawn.

The programme was sponsored by textile company Celanese, who made a wrinkle-resistant fabric called Arnel.

As promotion for the show, and their product, Celanese released an album of music lifted directly from the programme.

The highlights of this very rare record are Noel's song Gonna Drive All Your Bad Times Away and the duet Peaceful, which is sung with Bobbie Gentry.
 
Speaking about the television show in 1969, Noel said: "Everyone in Spring Thing is young, talented, energetic and is blossoming career-wise. My co-host, Bobbie Gentry, has a lovely voice and a great mind and plays guitar beautifully."
 
Unusually, the show was also shown by the BBC in Britain in April, 1970.
 
As no film footage of the show is believed to survive, this promotional record is all that remains.
 

 

 

 
Track List

Spring Thing - Chorus

Santa Monica Pier - Noel Harrison and Bobbie Gentry

On a Wonderful Day Like Today - Shirley Bassey

Those Were the Days - Noel Harrison, Bobbie Gentry and Shirley Bassey

Gonna Drive All Your Bad Times Away - Noel Harrison (listen)
 

Sunday Best - Bobbie Gentry

Light My Fire - Bobbie Gentry and Noel Harrison

Peaceful - Bobbie Gentry and Noel Harrison (listen)
 
 

 
NB: The B-side of the record contains six awful jingles which were used during the programme's ad breaks.
 

Poster

Included with the record was a double-sided poster with one side featuring a picture painted by award winning psychedelic artist Jacqui Morgan while the other featured an advert for the television programme.

 


Newspaper listing

A contemporary newspaper listing for the programme.



Publicity photos

As part of the publicity for Spring Thing, a number black and white photographs of Noel with Bobbie Gentry were circulated to newspapers.

Hosting Spring Thing with Bobbie Gentry April 28, 1969Hosting Spring Thing with Bobbie Gentry April 28, 1969
    
Hosting Spring Thing. April 28, 1969
Hosting Spring Thing with Bobbie Gentry April 28, 1969