The Bell Telephone Hour

Season 1 Episode 2

American Festival

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Feb 10, 1959 on NBC
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American Festival
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Hosted by Marilyn van Derbur featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Grant Johannesen, Martha Wright, Russell Nype, Risë Stevens, Melissa Hayden, Jacques d'Amboise and The New York City Ballet.

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The program starts out with Jazz and journeys to opera and ballet.
Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington in their first joint television appearance accompanied by Jim Hall, Gus Johnson and Wilfred Middlebrooks in a medley of Ellington's hits.
Risë Stevens performs Natoma (Herbert): "Beware of a hawk, my baby ... Lonely am I".
Grant Johannesen performs Gershwin's Concerto in F.

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