The Bob Hope Show

Season 1 Episode 10

April 8, 1951

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 08, 1951 on NBC
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From New York. Bob is joined by Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer, Janis Paige, Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson, Arthur Treacher, and in cameo appearances Ken Murray, Ed Wynn, Tex & Jinx Falkenberg, Toots Shor, Faye Emerson, Imogene Coca & Sid Caesar, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, and Frank Sinatra for an hour of music and comedy.moreless

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      • Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson was born to play the piano, the youngest of six children he was a natural and heralded as a child prodigy. He was discovered by pianist and bandleader Frankie Carle in 1945. He starred and sang the song from the 1946 MGM film "No Leave, No Love," which also starred Van Johnson, Guy Lombardo, Keenan Wynn, and British actress Patricia Kirkwood. While touring with the Lionel Hampton Band he was asked to perform for the White House and President Harry Truman.

        In 1949 he had a hit song "Numbers Boogie" which reached #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart and his version of Louis Jordan's hit "Caldonia" got as high as #14. During the Christmas season of 1950, Capitol released "Christmas Boogie"/"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" which put him on the map in Europe. The following year he went on the road with the Count Basie Band and Billie Holliday completing his tour with an appearance on The Bob Hope Show in 1951.

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