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James MacArthur, adopted son of Helen Hayes?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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I was watching the 1970 Airport movie a few nights ago and it struck me again during the scenes featuring Helen Hayes: she reminds me so much of James “Danno” MacArthur. The official biographies all assert that Hayes is his adopted mother. Some suggest that her husband Charles MacArthur was the real father while some speculate on James actually being the son of MacArthur family friend Lillian Gish. I’m not agitated enough about this to conduct any serious snooping, and I understand that family secrets are family secrets. But I have to admit to being puzzled that none of the theories about his birth origins I’ve come across acknowledge MacArthur’s uncanny resemblance to his adopted mother nor any willingness to consider the possibility of her being his real mother. Does no one else see the resemblance?

Song IDs: Danno’s early ’60s recording career

Friday, September 24th, 2010

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Did you know that Hawaii Five-O actor James MacArthur recorded a few singles? His non-charting “In-Between Years” (1961) featured vocals by the Earls, whose “remember, remember-member” would later make them doo-wop immortals. His version of Harvey and the Moonglows’ “Ten Commandments of Love” (1963) reached #94 in Billboard.  Warning: Both of these are very drippy teen idol spoken word singles, but they’ll make any Five-O fan smile.

Iron Butterfly channeling Hawaii Five-O or vice versa

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

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It’s fun listening to Iron Butterfly because they temper all their heavy handedness with sprightly organ pop. Just listen to side one of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and see what I mean. Even more appealing to me is how they occasionally evoke – whether unwittingly or not – certain soundtrack elements of Hawaii Five-O. One of my favorite musical bits Morton Stevens did for the show is a bit of furrowed-brow exotica I think of as the “busybody theme” – it plays either while Danno, Chin and the rest, all dressed in suits, go marching around the entire island, knocking on doors, peeking down manholes, burrowing through gardens, and sticking their arms in fishbowls, all under the orders of McGarrett. It also plays while bad guys are shown making nefarious preparations – licking stamps and sticking them on piles of boxes full of counterfeit money, putting all 450 pieces of a sharpshooter together, etc. The “busybody theme” makes this all quite tolerable. So here it is, along with two Iron Butterfly classics that have Five-O written all over ’em.

(For the record, the first season debuted in ’68 while these two IB songs came out in ’69. Also for the record, Mike Quigley’s longstanding collection of episode “anal-yses” at the Hawaii Five-O Home Page has to be one of the seven wonders of the virtual world.)

Update: After touching base with Mr. Mike at H50HQ, I realize now that I’d mistaken the music I first posted – which debuted in the sixth season “Hookman” episode – with a very similar sounding “busybody” predecessor heard all throughout the previous seasons. I’ve now posted that earlier theme at the top with the “Hookman” version below it.

Morton Stevens – Hawaii Five-O “Busybody Theme”

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Morton Stevens – Hawaii Five-O “Hookman Busybody Theme”

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Iron Butterfly – “Her Favorite Style”

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Iron Butterfly – “I Can’t Help But Deceive You, Girl”

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posted by Kim Simpson

Song ID: Radio Birdman – “Aloha Steve and Danno” (1978)

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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Maybe I’ll construct a “Praise the (Jack) Lord” tribute compilation to Hawaii Five-O someday. If I do, this one by Aussie legends Radio Birdman’s a shoo in because I’ve experienced the “night is dark and empty when you’re not on TV” bit. I also appreciate how this record came out while the show was still running, albeit during its crappy last few seasons.

Radio Birdman – “Aloha Steve and Danno”

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McGarrett’s on the line to Danno
We gotta pick up this guy
Put out an APB
Not much time to tell you why

Governor says it’s top priority
Washington says so too
Tell Chin to get here fast
5-0 is on the move

Steve I want to say thank you
For all you’ve done for me
My night is dark and empty
When you’re not on TV

There’s an agent in the field
I want to have him tailed
He’s been staying at the Hilton
Yeah should be staying in jail

He’s working for the KGB
And here’s his dossier
Those Reds won’t be happy
Till this guy gets his way

Steve I want to say thank you
For all you’ve done for me
My night is dark and empty
When you’re not on TV

Dark spectre of espionage
Hangs over fair Hawaii
McGarrett’s one cool guy
The guilty will not go free

Steve and Danno they made the scene
The agent had done his deed
Caught with a stiff and a silenced gun
Said Book him Danno Murder One

Steve I want to say thank you
For all you’ve done for me
My night is dark and empty
When you’re not on TV

posted by Kim Simpson

Hawaii Five-O, The Second Season (1969-1970)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

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The cover says “The Second Season” instead of “The Complete Second Season” because it doesn’t include a banned episode called “Bored, She Hung Herself” which was only shown once in 1970 and has never run again. It’s about hippie kids who hang-and-release for kicks. Sordid subject matter, yes, but I’ve seen a videotape of the banned episode and can say that I’ve seen much worse on TV many times over. Really hate that it’s not included. (Update: turns out someone actually did die after watching the episode and attempting to try some of the thrill techniques detailed therein.)

Song ID: Don Ho – “It Ain’t No Big Thing” (1966)

Monday, July 9th, 2007

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Presented here in its ultimate version, this tiki lounge number pops up a few times in the first season of Hawaii Five-0. The problem is that those who sing it eventually end up in serious trouble, if not dead.

Don Ho – “It Ain’t No Big Thing”

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