A notable change was that the prospective bachelor/bachelorette knew what the first names of his or her potential dates were at all times.Instead of asking questions of their potential date, the bachelor/bachelorette was presented with two pun-laden statements, each pertaining to one of the potential dates.In several weeks of episodes that aired at various times throughout the season, another format was used.This format saw the players choose a potential date based on how good they looked and another based on personality.When the show was revived with a different format in 1996, Brad Sherwood was named as its host.Chuck Woolery took over in 1997 when the original format was reinstated and hosted for the last two seasons.
I don't think "Spanish Flea" was ever the theme song of either "Newlywed Game" or "Dating Game," but I think "The Dating Game" used it as incidental music while the bachelorette made up her mind, and while the announcer described the wonderful vacation to Burbank or Inglewood that the lucky couple would get to go on.Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.This was especially true when the two shows entered syndication; in fact, in 1996 the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour".Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
Before becoming famous, Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Yvonne Craig, Lindsay Wagner, Leif Garrett, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors appeared as contestants on the show in the 1960s and early 1970s.
He says they refuse to play Spanish Flea when it's requested because "it's not a real Mexican song." __________________ 'Never say "no" to adventure. Otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.' -- Commander Caractacus Pott, R.