NEW BOOK: The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story

Merv and author Steve Randisi

A brand new book from Steve Randisi, author and lifelong follower of Merv’s shows and work, has just been released. The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story covers the show’s extensive history, features vivid recaps of several “lost” episodes, and shares many fascinating stories from Merv’s life as a singing star and success as a media mogul. 

Steve met Merv on several occasions and was a presenter at a 1985 telethon hosted by Merv. 

The book, published by BearManor Media, is available on Amazon and other online retailers. We think it makes a great gift, especially fans of the show! 

Steve Randisi is a longtime freelance writer who has contributed articles and celebrity interviews to such diverse publications as Filmfax, Outré, Classic Images, Films of the Golden Age, Scarlet Street, Remember, Autograph Collector, Cadence Magazine, and others. In addition to his own publications, Steve has made contributions to numerous books by other authors pertaining to veteran movie and TV performers.

In 2014, Steve penned the liner notes for the 12-disc anthology DVD release, The Merv Griffin Show, 1962-1986This project served as the inspiration for his comprehensive new book. You can read more about it and order a copy here.

 

Three Classic Musical Performances to Get You Moving

Of the over 5000 guests who appeared on The Merv Griffin Show between 1963 and 1986, a great many of them were musical artists. Some of them were in the very early stages of their careers (and would later become superstars!), and some even made their very first TV appearance on the show! 

Here we wanted to share three classic musical performances that we think will inspire and get you moving. You can see many more on the special Musical Icons Playlist we’ve created for you over on our YouTube channel. We invite you to subscribe and join us there where you can view many classic interviews and performances.

In this post we share great performances by Whitney Houston, Barry White and Donna Summer. Whitney made her television debut on the Merv Griffin Show in 1983, before she even had a record out! This clip shows her singing her hit song “How Will I Know” off her first album on April 29, 1985. Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra were the subject of an entire episode of The Merv Griffin Show on September 8th, 1977. Donna Summer appeared on the show with songwriter Paul Jabara to talk about the song “Last Dance” – with Donna singing the hit tune to close the show. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Those Summer Nights – John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s Classic Interview

Who doesn’t have great memories of watching John Travolta and Olivia Newton John together in the classic movie Grease? Revisit those summer feelings with Merv’s charming 1981 interview with John and Olivia, as they sit down together and talk about Grease, the price of fame and their relationship. Hear the adorable story about when John and Olivia first met, and find out what Olivia asked for before she agreed to do the film.

Merv Griffin had over 5000 guests appear on his show from 1963-1986. Join us on our YouTube channel a vast collection of great clips. 

Laugh Into Spring with 3 Classic Comedy Performances

From 1963 through 1986, over 5000 guests appeared on The Merv Griffin Show. So many of them were beloved talented performers in comedy, and a great number of these appearances have now turned into treasures to be shared and enjoyed.

Many of the most famous comedians who appeared on the show were new at the time, and the show was a perfect platform to share their talent. 

Here on the blog, we regularly feature some of the most memorable guests who appeared on the show.

In this post, we feature a 1965 early stand-up performance by George Carlin (he was a regular on the show in the mid-1960’s), Penn & Teller in an early showing of their fun blend of magic and comedy, and a 1965 performance by the legendary Phyllis Diller, who proves why she was known as the Queen of Stand-Up Comedy in her day.  

We encourage you to share and enjoy these classic appearances, and leave comments to tell us what you think.

For more interviews and fantastic show clips, subscribe to us on YouTube here.

 

Celebrating Women’s History Month – 3 Inspiring Interviews

March is Women’s History Month, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor it then to celebrate some of the inspiring women Merv had the privilege of interviewing over the years.

Below are three classic, fascinating interviews with comedy icon Lucille Ball, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Pearl S. Buck, and legendary actress Sophia Loren (who talks about turning 50). 

For more interviews with fantastic women, see our post from last March featuring trailblazers Maya Angelou, Arianna Huffington and Rosa Parks. And, be sure to subscribe to our official YouTube channel for endless clips, interviews, and classic performances from some of your favorite all-time comedians and musical acts. 

Enjoy the interviews!

 

 

 

Incredible and Timeless Wisdom to Get You Motivated

From 1963 to 1986, Merv Griffin had over 5,000 fascinating guests appear on his show. Isn’t that incredible when you think about it? So much was shared on the show. Not just actors promoting movies or musical performers showcasing their talents, but also some of the most highly regarded public figures in U.S. history.

Activists, artists, political figures, and many others shared stories and wisdom with Merv over the years, and we have many of these interviews showcased for everyone to enjoy over on your YouTube channel (you can subscribe here). We’ve also got an amazing box 12-DVD set featuring a special collection of the greatest episodes of The Merv Griffin Show with over 200 of the best interviews (find it here).

Below are just three examples of the inspiring, wisdom-packed interviews (we consider them all treasures). They’re great motivation and food for thought. For more great interviews, be sure to check out all the wonderful music, talk, and comedy we’ve got for you on our YouTube channel. Watch and enjoy!

 

5 Famous Quotes from Merv Griffin

With all the popular quotes and classic clips of Merv floating around online, we thought it would be fun to do a roundup here of just a few of his most popular quotes. Witty, wise, and no-nonsense, here are six of the biggest fan favorites:

“What have I learned from talking to all these famous people? That there’s a major story behind everyone.”

“Unless it’s an emergency, don’t bother me after 6pm and on weekends.”

“If you make the customer a promise, make sure you deliver it.”

“I refuse to be bored.” 

“Luck comes in if you’re well equipped to deal with it.”

“It’s always been my philosophy; turn the page. If something falls through, turn the page. It’s over with. Get used to it, get on with it. Very simple. It’s always worked for me.”

On Twitter? Post your favorite Merv Griffin quote and tag us for a retweet! Follow @OfficialMerv here. 

For endless entertainment and classic clips, be sure to follow us on your YouTube channel where we’ve posted some of our favorite performances and interviews from The Merv Griffin Show. Join us here. 

Happy Birthday Merv – Five Fun Facts

Happy birthday Merv Griffin! Merv was born on July 6th, 1925. In celebration, we thought we would post five fun facts about his life and accomplishments that you may not have heard about.

  1. Merv had a passion for singing and got his start as a singer on the radio at the young age of 19.
  2. His 1950 hit song “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” sold 3 million copies!
  3. After appearing in a few films, Merv developed a liking for television and made his first appearance in 1954 on a show called “Summer Holiday.” 
  4. The Merv Griffin Show was on for 21 years and showcased many of the biggest stars and luminaries in entertainment, art, music, and politics. Over the years the show received 11 Emmy Awards. 
  5. Merv wrote the famous “Think Music” for his gameshow Jeopardy in just 90 seconds! Hear Merv’s son Tony Griffin share the story about the creation of this famous song in this fun short video we’ve posted below. Thanks for stopping by our blog to help us celebrate this special day! 

 

Wisdom and Straight Talk from Merv via Esquire Magazine

In one of his last interviews (originally running in September of 2006, less than a year before his passing), Merv shared some witty and real thoughts with Esquire Magazine.

A few of his most well-loved quotes come from this very article including, “I know that when I get bored, no matter what I do on television, they’re gonna get bored.”

Have a read and get to know a few things about Merv you may not have heard before – including that he was a fan of American Idol (we suspect he’d be happy about the upcoming reboot on ABC). 

Click here to read the Esquire interview.

Which Comedian from The Merv Griffin Show are You?

Ready for a little fun? Our friends at getTV have created a quiz where you can find out which comedian from The Merv Griffin Show you are most like! 

You can take the quiz here.

And, be sure to tune in to getTV Sundays at 11:00 PM ET to catch classic episodes of The Merv Griffin Show! See the schedule here.

And, be sure join our ongoing conversation over on Facebook about all things Merv. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful spring!