TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 610.3: Steve Binder, Harry Belafonte, and “The Touch” is now available for listening on demand as a free podcast

Steve Binder, Harry Belafonte, and “The Touch”
Original Airdates: May 12-15, 2023
TVC 610.3: From August 2016: Emmy Award-winning director Steve Binder (Elvis: The 1968 Comeback Special, The T.A.M.I. Show) tells Ed the back story of “The Touch,” the seminal moment of the April 1968 special Petula, starring Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte, in which Clark reached out and touched Belafonte on the arm while they performed the song “On the Path of Glory.” Coming on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, Clark’s unrehearsed, impromptu gesture caused an uproar behind the scenes among network executives and the show’s sponsors over whether that shot should be edited out of the special before it aired on NBC. Harry Belafonte passed away on Tuesday, Apr. 25 at the age of ninety-six.

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