Totally Random Video: This ABC epic gathering of stars included everyone from John Wayne to Charo!
Toni Tennille, who starred with husband Darryl Dragon in a 1976-77 variety series on the network, was the ringleader calling up different stars to the stage as she sang a cheesy ABC song to the tune of the the theme from Rocky.
Miss Tennille is such a force of nature – not many performers could have handled wrangling that big a group of stars and she did it with infectious enthusiasm.
I had so much fun trying to spot all the stars. Among those I could identify: Charo, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Marlo Thomas, Barbara Eden, Cheryl Ladd, Marlo Thomas, Lola Falana, Leslie Uggams, Henry Winkler, Willie Ames, Kate Jackson, Annette Funicello, Rick Nelson, Dick Van Patten, Cesar Romero, Fred MacMurray, Katherine Helmond, Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner), Chuck Connors, Jaclyn Smith, Tom Bosley, David Doyle, Peter Falk, Patty Duke, John Astin, Adam Rich, Grant Goodeve, Paul Lynde, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow, Karl Malden, Olivia Cole, Dennis Cole, Abe Vigoda, Ted Lange, Gavin MacLeod, Hal Linden, Sara Purcell, Kristy McNichol, Gary Frank, Gabe Kaplan, Marcia Strassman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Robert Hegyes, Howard Cosell, Ed McMahon, Dick Clark, Ron Howard, and Erin Moran.
I know I missed plenty! If you spot more faces, let me know in the comments!