There was no way we’d get through 2017 without a celebrity death. I had just hoped it would take longer with fewer on the list than in 2016!
As you probably know by now, Mary Tyler Moore passed away Wednesday at age 80.
From Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show to Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, we all invited her into our homes each week. She’s practically family, so it especially hurts.
Speaking of family, did you know her ex-husband and MTM Productions partner Grant Tinker died this past November? If not, just chalk it up to an overloaded year of celebrity deaths. It was hard to keep track!
You’re going to see and hear lots of Mary clips over the next few weeks. This blog is more about those inspired BY Ms. Moore.
You’ll be surprised to find out just how many bands covered “Love Is All Around,” that iconic theme song to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
For example, and probably most notably, Joan Jett sang this version on The Late Show with David Letterman:
How about one of the rat pack? Sammy Davis Jr. gave his cover a hint of disco:
Remember the Ray Conniff Singers? They made it mellow after all. Perfect for an elevator:
The band Hüsker Dü is from St. Paul, Minnesota. It just made sense that they would sing this Twin Cities tuneage:
I had never heard of Christie Front Drive until today. Wikipedia says they’re an “American emo band.” We won’t hold that against them. Here’s their version:
In 1979, CBS aired “The Mary Tyler Moore Hour.” As was all the rage in the 70s, this, too, was a variety show. It used a glitzier version of the song as its theme:
I could go on, but we’ll run out of space on the internet! Let’s wrap up with two versions from the original artist, Sonny Curtis. Here’s the first version from 1970:
And finally, a country version he recorded ten years later:
Time to throw our hats into the air. We love and miss you, Mary 😦