Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reverend Al Green, on the 12/8/14 David Letterman Show

The great Al Green, performing "Tired of Being Alone," and "Let's Stay Together," on last Monday's Late Show with David Letterman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCHP7hYZZTk

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Stu's Show"

Listening, right now, to "Stu's Show," the Internet radio talk show.  The program's primary focus, each week, is television, and in particular television history.  Its host--who is very knowledgeable about television--is Stu Shostak.

http://www.stusshow.com/

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"The Morgan Show," WBZ Radio

My friends Morgan White, Jr. and Mel Simons--both of whom are trivia experts, entertainers, authors, and longtime radio personalities--will be appearing together, again, on Boston's WBZ NewsRadio. 

The broadcast takes place this evening, on Morgan's weekly program, The Morgan Show.  The program airs Saturday nights on WBZ from 10 to midnight (Eastern time).

http://player.radio.com/listen/station/wbz-newsradio-1030

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving...


This is a link, from YouTube, to one of the most beautiful recordings ever made. It is of Ella Fitzgerald, singing "Someone to Watch Over Me," from the 1950 album Ella Sings Gershwin.

She is accompanied by the wonderful pianist Ellis Larkins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBSjLFJBW6M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Sings_Gershwin

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mitchell Hadley's "It's About TV"

Here is an enjoyable and interesting post--by Mitchell Hadley, on his "It's About TV" blog" (www.itsabouttv.com)--about the use of guest hosts, years ago, on late-night talk shows, such as Johnny Carson's Tonight Show:

http://www.itsabouttv.com/2014/11/be-my-guest-host.html

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Photograph of a Television Screen, Your Hit Parade, NBC, 1952

On the Hit Parade television show, the program's featured vocalists routinely sang to other performers, who, while acting with the singers in the program's song dramatizations, remained silent.  

Singers from the show's choral group, the "Hit Paraders," were often sung to, as were Hit Parade dancers; outside actors were also hired for this purpose. 

The picture, here, is of my mother, Sue Bennett, singing the song "Anytime,"  on the March 29, 1952 telecast of the program. (It was the number two song on the Hit Parade, that week;  the first-place song was "Wheel of Fortune.")  She is singing to Bob Herget, one of the Hit Parade dancers.  

The picture is from a group of photos I found in 2012, in my father's apartment.  The pictures are of a television screen/television set, and they show parts of a couple of Hit Parade telecasts, as the programs were in progress.  I do not know who took them.

Bob Herget later became a prominent choreographer, for both television, and Broadway. (He was later, indeed, a choreographer for Your Hit Parade.)

Mr. Herget died in 1981.  Here is his obituary from The New York Times:


Here, as well, is an entry about his career on the Internet Broadway Database (ibdb.com):

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Photograph, Your Hit Parade, 1951, Russell Arms and Sue Bennett

This is a rehearsal photograph from the September 22, 1951 telecast of Your Hit Parade, on NBC (the photograph appears in my book).  The song being performed was "Shanghai," the number five song on the Hit Parade survey that week.  The fictional scene was a nightclub, and the number featured singers Russell Arms, and my mother, Sue Bennett.

(Photo used by permission of Lost Gold Entertainment, Inc.)