Remember the Banana Splits Children's...

Remember the Banana Splits Children's Television Program (1970)?

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Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#1 Oct 25, 2017
....Rod Stewart only needs a tail on that outfit and he could be one of the characters on the (early 1970's) Hannah- Barbara Banana Splits float! I was a member of the Banana Splits Fan Club as a child--sent away for the membership from off the back of a cereal box and was absolutely ecstatic when the package of decals, stickers, and document stating I was a member of the Banana Splits Fan Club came in the mail. Positively screamed like a girl when the mailman handed me the package. Had I known that would be the happiest moment in my life might have jumped off a cliff the following day. But would have missed screaming like a girl when the grizzly bear charged me at Renfro's Hole along the Kenai River in 1996--that was a high pitched scream, not a low masculine scream, and it came as the bear began charging--not before it as the Anchorage Daily News reported for some reason ('A Can of Spray, A Lot of Luck'; 9/2/9/96). I didn't scream at the bear making it charge--I screamed right after it began charging, throiwng my arms up in the air to make myself appear bigger. Etc.

Hilarious video---Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Mary Blige and Steve Winwood:

Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige & Steve Winwood

Published on Jan 31, 2012

"Papa was a rolling stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died, all he left us was alone"

(Got to this following Humble Pie's "Rolling Stone" (1971) video)
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#2 Oct 25, 2017
Banana Splits Wiki page:

"The Banana Splits Adventure Hour is an hour-long, packaged television variety program featuring The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums, vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals) and Snorky (keyboards, effects).

The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968, to September 5, 1970. The costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft and the series' sponsor was Kellogg's Cereals.[1] The show featured both live action and animated segments and was Hanna-Barbera’s first foray into mixing live action with animation."

Only 31 episodes but I was all over that program! Absolutely loved it!
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#3 Oct 25, 2017
"composed of four funny animal characters"

...and were they ever funny!
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#4 Oct 25, 2017
Christine Delaroche - Les tigres et les minets (1967)

Nonosserie Nonosserie
Published on May 17, 2015
(Pierre Saka - J. Bernard)
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#5 Oct 25, 2017
Ria Bartok - Chills

Published on Sep 18, 2011
German girl gone french. Here's the second track of her first EP,'N'Importe Quoi', dated 1963
R.I.P. Ria Bartok
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#6 Oct 25, 2017
Les Tigres et Les Minets....translates online as the tigers and the twins....and then elsewhere translates as the tigers and the (equivalent of cubs)....unsure what that title means but it's a great video by Christine Delaroche....
Chris Deile

Burlington, WA

#7 Oct 26, 2017
Funny--the Banana Splits ran from 1968-1970...I was born in 1964 so was around 4-5 years old when bringing that offer to join their fan club off the back of a cereal box to my mother who helped me mail it off. The funnest part about the contents of the package was they wrote my name prominently on the document certifying me as a member of their fan club.

(The Les Tigres et Les Minets--above......looked into that before and when the lyrics are translated online it appears to be a song about Christine Delaroche trying to decide which she guys she likes better--extroverts or introverts....)
Chris Deile

Burlington, WA

#8 Oct 26, 2017
They're on YouTube with over a million views!!!! Way, way, way too funny!!!! Guess I wasn't the only one crazy about them:

The Banana Splits Opening and Closing Theme 1968 - 1970

TeeVees Greatest
Published on Mar 12, 2016
Loads more TV Themes at:

Each show represented a meeting of the "Banana Splits Club", and the wraparounds featured the adventures of the club members, who doubled as a musical quartet, meant to be reminiscent of The Beatles and (especially) their NBC counterpart, The Monkees. The main characters were Fleegle, a beagle; Bingo, a gorilla; Drooper, a lion, and Snorky (called "Snork" in the theme song lyrics), an elephant. Fleegle would assume the role as leader of the Banana Splits and preside at club meetings.

The characters were played by actors in voluminous fleecy costumes similar to later Sid and Marty Krofft characters such as H.R. Pufnstuf. They all spoke in English (Drooper with a Southern drawl in the manner of Michael Nesmith, Fleegle with a pronounced lisp), except for Snorky who "spoke" in honking noises.

.....Ha ha! I remember H.R. Pufnstuf from back then too but was just a child so didn't understand the innuendo.
Chris Deile

Burlington, WA

#9 Oct 26, 2017
One of the many comments below the video:

franknberry 63
1 month ago
The closing song was different. A totally differerent song. Lyrics were like. " The Banana Splits yeah, the Banana Splits, the Banana Splits will make you happy. Splits now the Banana Splits now."
Chris Deile

Burlington, WA

#10 Oct 26, 2017
Looking at that Banana Splits video and thinking I was right in post #1 above (when merely going off childhood memory): A tail on Rod Stewart's outfit in that "Papa was a rolling stone" video would have had him fit right in with Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper, and Snorky!
Chris Deile

Burlington, WA

#11 Oct 26, 2017
Come to think of it--Chaka Khan would have fit in great with the Banana Splits too! C'mon everybody--join the Club!!!!!
Chris Deile

Burlington, WA

#12 Oct 26, 2017
Crazy. Recall viewing this in 2008 or 2009 when it had very few views and now it's almost up to 2 million views; recall writing under the video at the time saying it was the best video on YouTube:


Published on Jul 10, 2008
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#13 Oct 27, 2017
There was a better video of that "Ain't Nobody" performance by Chaka Khan--the same performance as posted above (#12) but I recall the video had better clarity--just can't find it. May not be available anymore for some reason...
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#14 Oct 28, 2017
This one is great--has the lyrics included--nevere knew what they were singing as the words were hard to figure out so this helps....Great, great video!

The Banana Splits -Tra la la (Orignial) with captions

Shipon Shipoff

....Only criticism is they don't show them playing their musical instruments on the float--that's what I remember most and love....
Chris Deile

Bellingham, WA

#15 Oct 28, 2017
Ooops--my fault--just viewed again and they're shown right in the middle of the video playing their instruments.

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