The third of six General Electric specials- a review of life in the 1920's and '30s, against a background of George Gershwin's music presented by top name stars: Maurice Chevalier, Florence Henderson, Ron Hussman, Julie London, Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra. Richard Rodgers is host.
This CBS special pays tribute to composer George Gershwin. Maurice Chevalier, Florence Henderson, Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Ethel Merman, and Ron Husmann are all on hand to salute the great composer. One in a series of variety programs sponsored by General Electric.
"Lady Be Good"- Maurice Chevalier
"The Man I Love"- Julie London, Florence Henderson
"Strike Up The Band"- Ethel Merman
"I've Got A Crush On You"- Frank Sinatra
"Someone To Watch Over Me"- Florence Henderson
"I Got Rhythm"- Ethel Merman
Porgy and Bess Dance Medley- Alvin Ailey and Carmen de Lavallade
Host: Richard Rodgers
Ronald Reagan: Series Host
September 5, 1949-June 7, 1954 (NBC); June 14, 1954-June 16, 1963 (ABC). "Voice of Firestone," which began on radio in 1928, was a Monday-night perennial for more than two decades before coming to television in 1949; for the next five years it was simulcast on NBC radio and television, until a dispute between the sponsor and the network over the Monday time slot led Firestone to shift the program to ABC. The half-hour musical series presented all kinds of music, but emphasized classical and semi classical selections. Each week a guest celebrity was featured, and for many years the principal guests came from the Metropolitan Opera Company. The Firestone Orchestra was conducted by Howard Barlow, and the show was hosted by John Daly during its years on ABC; Hugh James was the announcer. "Voice of Firestone" was seen as a series of specials from 1959 until 1962; it returned as a weekly series in the fall of 1962 for a final season (September 30, 1962-June 16, 1963).
July 26, 1962-September 13, 1962; July 25, 1963-September 12, 1963. This was the final broadcast of the series. Hosted by Vic Damone, this half-hour musical variety show was a summer replacement for "Hazel" for two seasons.
September 16, 1965-May 24, 1974. A variety hour hosted by Dean Martin. Several of the shows were celebrity "roasts," set at a banquet table, in which the guest of honor was showered with insults by other celebs. Regulars of the series included pianist Ken Lane (1965-1972), Kay Medford, Lou Jacobi, The Golddiggers, Marian Mercer (1971-1972), Tom Bosley (1971-1972), Rodney Dangerfield (1972-1973), Dom DeLuise (1972-1973), and Nipsey Russell (1972-1974).
January 5, 1968-April 26, 1968; September 27, 1968-January 31, 1969. This was the final broadcast of the season. This hour-long variety show was staged at a different military base each week and was hosted by a guest star.
Jimmy Dean is guest host, broadcast from Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California.
October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.
Guests: George Kirby, Julie London, Tiny Tim, Miss Vickie.
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May 20, 1970-September 2, 1970; June 2, 1971-September 1, 1971. A summer variety series taped in London, starring singer Des O'Connor. Other regulars included Jack Douglas, the MacGregor Brothers (1970), and Connie Stevens (1971).
January 5th, 1976- June 11th, 1976.
Kelly Lange hosted this daytime series, Monday thru Friday 12:30-12:55pm in which celebrities and their spouses suggested answers to problems submitted by the viewers.