She could sing, dance, and act. She was beautiful and charismatic. And, in the 1970s, she was one of the most popular live entertainers in America. So, the next natural step for Lola Falana was her own TV show. And in 1975, ABC came calling with an offer for a series of monthly musical/comedy specials.
The network turned to variety show veterans Allan Blye and Bob Einstein (Sonny and Cher) to translate Falana’s dynamic stage persona to the small screen. In addition to singing hits like “You’re All I Need To Get By” and “Love Train,” Falana appears in comedy sketches with guest stars and ensemble players, including Murray Langston (the future “Unknown Comic”), ventriloquist Willie Tyler, and Pat Morita (later Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid films).
The announcer for Lola was Peter Cullen, better known today as the voice of Optimus Prime in the Transformers franchise. Oscar nominee Ray Aghayan designed a collection of gorgeous costumes and H.B. Barnum was the musical director. And it all happened in front a live audience, where the vivacious hostess was at her best.
Notable guest stars: Muhammad Ali, Hal Linden
Created, produced and writer by Allan Blye and Bob Einstein. Choreographed by Lester Wilson (Emmy nominee).