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Raquel! was an April 26, 1970 CBS television special starring Raquel Welch, Tom Jones, Bob Hope and John Wayne executive produced, directed and choreographed by David Winters produced by Winters' company Winters-Rosen for CBS-TV, originally co-sponsored by Coca-Cola and Motorola. On the day of the premiere, the show received a 51% share on the National ARB Ratings and an impressive Overnight New York Nielsen Rating of 58% share.[1]

Tonight, Raquel Welch entertains Bob Hope, John Wayne, Tom Jones (and vice versa) You're invited!
Created byDavid Winters
Written byDoug Tibbles. Larry Alexander, Jonathan Axelrod
Directed byDavid Winters
StarringRaquel Welch, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, John Wayne
Theme music composerDon Randi
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)David Winters
Editor(s)Erwin Dumbrille
John A. Martinelli
Running time48 min
Original networkCBS
Original releaseApril 26, 1970

The productionEdit

Raquel! was filmed in London, Paris, Acapulco, Mexico City, Yucatan, Big Sur, and Los Angeles and featured lavish production numbers. It marked Welch's debut special on television. Together Welch and Jones combined musical and comedic talents on classic rock 'n' roll standards of the era. During the opening montage there was a scene in which Raquel in her space bikini, appeared to be with space men.[2]

The Lady of Shalott has both an 1833 edition and an 1842 edition.

Although Welch sings throughout the show, she briefly recites "The Lady of Shalott", a ballad by the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.[3]

The special, considered by some to be a classic '70s timepiece, unites pop-culture icons in their prime. The multimillion-dollar, TV song & dance extravaganza was filmed around the world - from Paris to Mexico. Lavish production numbers of classic songs from the era, extravagant Bob Mackie -designed costumes and notable guest performances. Tom Jones was nearly a co-star, as he sang the long medley of Little Richard and Beatles songs with Raquel, but not before he opened the set with a solo. Even Bob Hope sang a duet, the Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon".[4]

The DVD releaseEdit

The home video of the special was released by V.I.E.W. in 1998.[5] It is very light on special features. Included are a three-page biography of Welch, a single screen biography of Jones and a Welch photo gallery consisting of scenes from the special, and voiceover from the special. Unlike other vintage TV specials on DVD,[6] no commentary track was present.

Guest starsEdit

Guest stars John Wayne and Bob Hope in the Wild West only added to the largeness of the production.. Welch and Jones, both, two of the 70s biggest stars, joined by such legendary greats made it an indispensable time capsule full of glamor, wit and talent.

Winters setting up the Mayans

Music listingEdit

Fourteen songs from the era are featured, although many are in the form of medley. Welch and friends sang songs by the Beatles, Little Richard, The Mamas & the Papas and many others. The oldest was not much older than five years from original release.

Collapsible Song List
Title! Performer (s)! Location
Games People Play Raquel Welch Paris
California Dreamin' Welch
Everybody's Talkin' Welch
Peaceful Welch
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head Welch
Here Comes the Sun Welch
Good Morning Starshine Welch
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In Welch Mexico
I (Who Have Nothing) Tom Jones London
The Sounds of Silence Welch
Rip It Up (song) / Slippin' n Slidin' / Lucille / Tutti Frutti /Jenny, Jenny / Golly Miss Molly / We're Gonna Have Some Fun Tonight Welch & Jones
Rocky Raccoon Welch & Bob Hope Sun Valley, ID


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2011-05-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Brown, Les (1971). ""Raquel!"". Television: The Business Behind the Box. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. p. 187,188. ISBN 978-0-15-688440-2.
  3. ^ "Video Cheese: Raquel!". 2008-10-08.
  4. ^ "Happy Birthday today to Raquel Welch: Her 1970 primetime TV special will melt your mind!". Archived from the original on 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  5. ^ VIEW DVD Listing
  6. ^ see Movin' With Nancy

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