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This Land Is Our Land: The Folk Rock Years II

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Program brings 1960s memories and music to PBS

PITTSBURGH, PA - Grab your love beads, tuck some flowers in your hair, and don your multi-colored shirts and cotton dresses because WQED is taking baby boomers back in time with memories and music from the folk/pop rock era of the 1960s. The 13th installment of the American Soundtrack concert series, “This Land Is Our Land: The Folk Rock Years II,” will air Saturday, November 29 at 8:30 p.m. on WQED tv13, and on PBS stations across the country in December. American Soundtrack is now in its fifth year on PBS.

Headlining the show are musical icons Trini Lopez, Judy Collins and Host Michelle Phillips, of Mamas and Papas’ fame.

It is a show filled with “firsts.” Lopez makes his first appearance on American television in nearly 20 years, showcasing songs that made him a legend, including “If I Had A Hammer” and “La Bamba.” All of the original members of Spanky and Our Gang reunite for the first time in 35 years to perform their hits, including “Sunday Will Never Be The Same.”

Bringing their hit music and memories to American living rooms through this new production is a stellar line-up of performers. Collins’ angelic and graceful voice is timeless as she sings “In My Life.” The Lovin’ Spoonful light up the stage with fun renditions of “Day Dream” and “Do You Believe In Magic.” The Hillside Singers perform their classic “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing,” which became the pop theme for Coca-Cola. Members of the Serendipity Singers, now performing as “A Serendipitous Reunion,” prove they can still make musical harmony with “Don’t Let The Rain Come Down.” And Scott McKenzie brings the audience to its feet with “San Francisco” (Be Sure To Wear Flowers).

Also performing are folk/pop/rock legends Tom Paxton (“Last Thing On My Mind”); Tommy Makem (“Irish Rover”); Erik Darling of the Rooftop Singers (“Walk Right In”); Jim Brady, the original lead singer of The Sandpipers (“Guantanamera”) and The Seekers, from a rare concert in Australia (“Georgie Girl” and “I’ll Never Find Another You”).

The finale of “This Land Is Our Land: The Folk Rock Years II” promises a surprise for viewers and music historians alike. As all the artists gather on stage with Lopez for “La Bamba,” the only other living Mamas and Papas member, Denny Doherty, joins the throng and former band partner Phillips for an audience-rousing, harmonious version of “California Dreamin’.” It’s the first time the two performed the song together since their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame several years ago.

WQED’s American Soundtrack series is preserving American music culture from doo-wop to folk to rock and roll to rhythm and blues. It is the most successful series of fundraising specials in public television history. More than 250 groups have either been reunited or have performed for the first time for the tapings. In four years, nearly $80 million has been raised for PBS.

American Soundtrack: “The Folk Rock Years II” is a production of WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh, in association with Rhino Entertainment. Creator and executive producer is T.J. Lubinsky.

US Airways is the official airline of the American Soundtrack concert series.

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