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    The Perry Como Show

    The Perry Como Show

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    NBC (ended 1963)
    Welcome to The Perry Como Show guide at TV.com. Perry Como's first series, "The Chesterfield Supper Club" ran on NBC from December 24,1948 through June 4, 1950 after his success on the radio program of the same name. Due to Perry's popularity the series was renamed, "The Perry Como Show," and aired on CBS from October 2, 1950 through June 24, 1955. He moved back to NBC on September 12, 1955 when he took over "The Kraft Music Hall." The Kraft series lasted through June 12, 1963. From 1963 through 1967, Como continued his association with Kraft by doing "Kraft Music Hall" specials. He then did many holiday specials until 1993.moreless
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    The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

    The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

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    NBC (ended 1961)
    Welcome to The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show guide at TV.com. Hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford, the likeable singer, comedian, entertainer received his own variety show sponsored by the Ford Motor Company which gave Ernie the venue to entertain millions with his informal friendly manner and talent. His music was a combination of gospel and country and western. His homespun catch phrase "Bless Their Little Pea Pickin' Hearts", endeared him to the nation. During the first season the choral group "The Voices of Walter Schumann" backed Ernie. During the remainder of the series "The Top Twenty" (consisting of Dick Beavers, Joanne Burgin, Howard Chitjean, Donna Cook, Irene Cummings, Chet Fisher, Dorothy Gill, John Guarnieri, Ken Harp, Deltra Kamsler, Don Kent, David McDaniel, Katy Nero, Ken Remo, Pat Rocco, Elaine Tavano Thompson, Tommy Traynor, Dick Wessler, Karen Wessler, Ted Wills) were Ernie's back-up group. Tennessee Ernie Ford topped the pop and country charts with "Sixteen Tons." He ended every show with a gospel number.moreless
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    The Nat King Cole Show

    The Nat King Cole Show

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    NBC (ended 1957)
    In 1956, The Nat King Cole Show was a Variety Show starring African-American Nat King Cole. The show originally started as a fifteen minute show and went to become a thirty minute show. The show had no sponsors that were interested in a permanent relationship with the series. The show was sponsored by NBC. Broadcast History November 1956 - June 1957: Monday 7:30-7:45p July 1957 - September 1957: Tuesday 10:00-10:30p September 1957 - December 1957: Tuesday 7:30-8:00pmoreless
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    Your Hit Parade

    Your Hit Parade

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    NBC (ended 1959)
    The top hits of the day were sung by the regulars on the show. The show moved from NBC to CBS during its final season. Then it was briefly revived by CBS in the summer of 1974. In addition to its cast of featured singers, the show also featured the Hit Parade Dancers, and The Hit Paraders (the show's choral group). While the show saw cast changes, over time, its best-remembered singers are Snooky Lanson (1950-1957), Dorothy Collins (1950-1957, 1958-1959), Russell Arms (1952-1957), and Gisele MacKenzie (1953-1957). In addition, Eileen Wilson starred from 1950-1952, June Valli was a star from 1952-1953, and Sue Bennett was featured from 1951-1952. The show's orchestra, from 1950-1957, was led by Raymond Scott. In 1957, a younger cast cast of singers took over for a year: Jill Corey, Alan Copeland, Virginia Gibson, and Tommy Leonetti. From 1958 to 1959, revamped again, the show starred Dorothy Collins and Johnny Desmond.moreless
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    Kate Smith Show

    Kate Smith Show

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    NBC (ended 1954)
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    Music Hall

    Music Hall

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    NBC (ended 1953)
    Music Hall, was a 30 minute bi-weekly live broadcast from New York City's Radio City Music Hall featuring various kinds of musical and comedy acts.
    Hosted by popular singer Patti Page, the show, also known as the Scott Music Hall because of it's principal sponsor Scott Tissues, alternated on the NBC network every other week in it's time slot with a similar program, Cavalcade Of America.
    This was Page's first launch into television, still somewhat of a novelty at the time, but would lead to her hosting three other shows, The Patti Page Show in 1955, The Big Record on CBS in 1957 and The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show on ABC in 1958, establishing her as the first musical entertainer to host television shows on all three of the networks of the day.
    According to the November 1, 1952 edition of Billboard Magazine, Page was threatening to quit the show after only two episodes because she was not happy with it's format. A quick meeting between her manager and the show's producers was able to keep her on.
    Scott Paper would eventually pull the show from NBC over a dispute about the time slot.moreless
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    The Dennis Day Show

    The Dennis Day Show

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    NBC (ended 1954)
    also called "The RCA Victor Show"
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    Bandstand

    Bandstand

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    NBC (ended 1956)
    daytime variety show
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    The Polly Bergen Show

    The Polly Bergen Show

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    NBC (ended 1958)
    The Polly Bergen Show, hosted by the talented singer-actress Polly Bergen was a variety show which alternated every two weeks with "Club Oasis" and lasted one season.
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    Perry Presents

    Perry Presents

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    NBC
    A summer replacement for the Perry Como Show in 1959 on NBC Saturday evenings. Starting June 13 the hosts were Tony Bennett and Teresa Brewer. After July 4 Teresa's place was taken by various female singers, particularly Jaye P. Morgan for 6 shows at the end.moreless