The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

NBC - Premiered 9-7-68

the Banana Splits

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was a well-loved, goofy, hour-long Saturday morning show featuring four actors in animal costumes miming wacky host segments in between some cartoons and live-action adventure features. Given that this was the late 60's, the menagerie had formed their own rock band. The show, with its variety format and frenetically-edited pace, resembled a cross between Laugh-In and the Beatles' Hard Days Night. The Banana Splits were:

Fleagle the beagle - acted by Jeffrey Brock, voiced by Paul Winchell; guitar.
Drooper the lion - acted by Daniel Owen, voiced by Allan Melvin; guitar.
Bingo the gorilla - acted by Terence Henry, voiced by Daws Butler; drums.
Snorky the elephant - acted by Robert Towers, voiced by Don Messick (although Snorky never spoke, he honked); keyboards.

The other segments of the BSAH were often more interesting: "The Three Musketeers" and "The Arabian Knights" were fairly standard cartoon adventures; "Hillbilly Bears" was a repeat of cartoons first seen on Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show; "The Micro Venture" was about a professor who taught his children about the unseen world of tiny things by shrinking them (?!) and going exploring; it used microscopic film footage for a background. "Danger Island" was a live-action segment (filmed on location) that appeared every week and always ended on a cliff-hanger. It featured a young Jan Michael Vincent as one of the leads.

The Banana Splits Discography

The Banana Splits - whose music was provided by such music professionals as Gene Pitney and Barry White - put out a surprising number of songs while the characters were still popular with kids. Twelve songs appeared on the Decca record album We're the Banana Splits; some only appeared on the TV show and some were distributed on the backs of Kellogg's cereal boxes. Here's what should be a complete list of their songs:

Banana Splits album

The Banana Splits (Theme Song)
We're the Banana Splits
I'm Gonna Find a Cave
This Spot
Doin' the Banana Split
Toy Piano Melody
Soul
The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)
Wait 'Til Tomorrow
You're the Lovin' End
In New Orleans
Two-Ton Tessie
Don't Go Away - Go-Go Girl
That's the Pretty Part of You [Kellogg's cereal box single]
It's a Good Day for a Parade [Kellogg's]
The Very First Kid on my Block [Kellogg's]
I Enjoy Being a Boy (In Love With You) [Kellogg's]
The Beautiful Calliope [Kellogg's]
The Show Must Go On [played on the TV show only]
Adam Had 'Em [TV-only]
Pop Cop [TV-only]
I'd Be a Millionaire [TV-only]

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