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Stella The Witch • The Witch’s Song • The Witch’s Song – Synthesized Version
Description: On Halloween Night, she’ll give you a FRIGHT!
Date: 1981 & 1982
In October 1981, two things happened: Wallace included me in the stage shows at the Arizona State Fair, and then he asked me to become an actual member of the TV show. For almost a year prior, my regular appearances on the show were to promote safety belt use on behalf of the City of Phoenix; I always had to work the subject somewhere into my scripts. During the transition from public service spokesman to cast member, I started phasing in bits that were straight comedy, and the clip, Stella the Witch, is among the first of those early bits without any mention of seat belts.
In this Halloween bit, “Stella” is actually my second “Jerry Mahoney” puppet—one I got when I was about 7 years old—costumed as a witch. I created the face with modeling clay and originally used the character to entertain at a Cub Scout Halloween party. The song in this clip is the one I wrote for that performance—in October 1972, nine years earlier.
Here I am at 13 in 1972 with Stella
When Halloween rolled around a year later, I used video featuring Stella singing the entire Witch’s Song (from an independent production I was involved with) and tacked it on as the ending of a bit with Cassandra. (This is the clip, The Witch’s Song.)
Back in 2001, I orchestrated the Witch’s Song and created a synthesized version of the music. Just for fun, I made a music video of sorts with the 1981 footage from the show and included it as a hidden Easter Egg on my DVD, Dan Horn and the Wallace & Ladmo Show, Vol. 1. For what it’s worth, it’s here too. Now you don’t have to hunt for it.