The Voice of Firestone - Season 10

NBC (ended 1959)




Episode Guide

  • September 8, 1958
    September 8, 1958
    Episode 1
    The Voice of Firestone premiere with host and narrator John Daly at the helm. Guests include singer Jo Stafford, Mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens, soprano Doretta Morrow, baritone Ray Middleton and guitarist Carlos Montoya. Highlights: Flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya will give a taste of each style with songs ranging from "Habanera" to "So In Love" to "St. Louis Blues".moreless
  • September 15, 1958
    September 15, 1958
    Episode 2
    Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians present a back-to-college program. Highlights: Selections included are "Whiffenpoof Song", "Gaudeamus Igitur", "Halls of Ivy"", "Toast to Michigan" with a male and female glee club accompaniment.
  • September 22, 1958
    September 22, 1958
    Episode 3
    Lyric coloratura-soprano Anna Moffo, Soprano Lisa Della Casa, Tenor Richard Tucker and Italian tenor Giuseppe Campora are the guest soloists. Howard Barlow conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: In celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Anna Moffo solos with "Musetta's Waltz" from "La Boheme" and "Un bel di" from "Madam Butterfly". The arias are all from Puccini's operas, "La Boheme", "Tosca" and "Madame Butterfly".moreless
  • September 29, 1958
    September 29, 1958
    Episode 4
    Singer Abbe Lane, singer-dancer Chita Rivera and guitarist Tito Guizar with Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra. Highlights: "Latin American Night". Selections included are "Mexican Hat Dance", "Quizare Yo Quererte", "El Rancho Grande", "Carioca" and "Brazil".
  • October 6, 1958
    October 6, 1958
    Episode 5
    Coloratura-soprano Roberta Peters and singer John Raitt are the guest soloists. Highlights: Selections included are "Sweetheart", "Kiss Me Again", "Everyday is Ladies' Day", "Falling In Love With Someone", "Mademoiselle Modiste" and "In Old New York".
  • October 13, 1958
    October 13, 1958
    Episode 6
    Metropolitan Opera Soprano Hilde Gueden is the guest soloist. The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Highlights: Hilde Gueden solos with "Sempre Libra" by Verdi and "Czardas" from Strauss' "Die Fledermaus". Other music include works by Wagner, Wolf-Ferrari and Enesco.
  • October 20, 1958
    October 20, 1958
    Episode 7
    "Swingin' Down Broadway" with guests singers Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae with Paul Weston conducting the Orchestra. Highlights: Songs included are "Taking a Chance on Love", "If I Loved You", "The Girl That I Marry" and "Some Enchanted Evening". John Daly tries out his vocal chords on "Tea for Two" accompanied by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae.moreless
  • October 27, 1958
    October 27, 1958
    Episode 8
    Soprano Doretta Morrow and singer Alfred Drake are the guest soloists. Glenn Osser conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Alfred Drake sings "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" from "Oklahoma" by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Doretta Morrow sings "Strangers in Paradise" from "Kismet". Alfred and Doretta duet with Strauss' "While Hearts are Singing". Other selections included are "My Hero" from "The Chocolate Soldier", "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" from "Oklahoma!", "Wunderbar" from "Kiss Me Kate", "The Olive Tree" from "Kismet" and selections from "The King and I".moreless
  • November 3, 1958
    November 3, 1958
    Episode 9
    Mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens and tenor Brian Sullivan are the guest soloists. Kurt Adler conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Selections from Saint-Saens opera "Samson and Delilah" will be performed tonight. Brian Sullivan sings "Arretez, O Mes Freres". Rise Stevens solos with "Amour Viens Aider". Brian and Rise duet with "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice". The Dancers perform to "Bacchanal". Brian and Rise join in for the finale.moreless
  • November 10, 1958
    November 10, 1958
    Episode 10
    "An Evening With Percy Faith" with Baritone Robert Merrill and Soprano Elaine Malbin as the guest soloists. Percy Faith and His Hi-Fi Orchestra. Highlights: Robert Merrill sings "You Are Love" and "Without a Song". Elaine Malbin solos with "In the Still of the Night" and "I'll Follow My Secret Heart".
  • November 17, 1958
    November 17, 1958
    Episode 11
    The Greatest Band in America is the title of tonight's presentation. Performers are Paul Lavalle and his Band of America, musical-comedy star Martha Wright and The Ohio State University Men's Glee Club. Highlights: Martha Wright sings while Paul Lavalle solos on clarinetist to "Dizzy Fingers". Paul Lavalle and the Orchestra perform "Left, Right". Martha Wright solos with "Blues in the Night". Paul Lavalle and the Orchestra with everyone joining in for a rousing "Big Brass Band".moreless
  • November 24, 1958
    November 24, 1958
    Episode 12
    "Best of Opera". Basso Cesare Siepi, Mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, Tenor Cesare Valletti and Lyric soprano Dorothy Warenskjold are the guest soloists. Wilfrid Pelletier conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Cesare Siepi sings "Champagne Aria" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni." Rosalind Elias solos with "Barcarolie" from "The Tales of Hoffman". Cesare Valletti solos with "Vesti Le Guibba" from "I Pagliacci". Dorothy Warenskjold sings "The Waltz Song" from "Romeo and Juliet". Rosalind Elias and Cesare Valletti duet with "A Nostre Monte" from Verdi's "Il Trovatore". Dorothy Warenskjold and Cesare Siepe duet with "La ci Darem La Mano" from "Don Giovanni". Dorothy, Siepi and Valetti perform "Trio" from Gounod's "Faust".moreless
  • December 1, 1958
    December 1, 1958
    Episode 13
    "Music From Hollywood". Hollywood's Academy Award winning songs from 1934 to 1957 are featured. The guests are singer-actor Tony Martin, pianist Roger Williams and singer-actress Shirley Jones with David Rose conducting the Orchestra.
  • December 8, 1958
    December 8, 1958
    Episode 14
    "Waltz Night". Metropolitan opera soprano Hilde Gueden, singers John Raitt and Florence Henderson are the guest soloists. Glenn Osser conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: The Dancers perform the "Merry Widow Waltz". John Raitt sings "Beautiful Lady". Florence Henderson sings "Fascination". Hilde Gueden solos with "Vienna, City of My Dreams". The Orchestra performs "Blue Danube". John Raitt and Florence Henderson duet with "Two Hearts in 3/4 Time". John Raitt solos with "It's a Big, Wide, Wonderful World". Hilde Gueden sings "Stars In My Eyes". All join in for the finale with "Let Me Call You Sweetheart".moreless
  • December 15, 1958
    December 15, 1958
    Episode 15
    "Salute to Tchaikovsky" with Mezzo-soprano Mildred Miller, pianist Eugene List, violinist Oscar Shumsky, Nina Novak and George Zoritch of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Wilfred Pelletier conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Mildred Miller solos with "Story of a Starry Night". Eugene List plays Piano Concerto No. 1. Mildred Miller sings "Our Love". Oscar Shumsky performs Violin Concerto in D 3rd Movement. Excerpts from "Swan Lake Ballet" are performed by Nina Novak and George Zoritch.moreless
  • December 22, 1958
    December 22, 1958
    Episode 16
    "Christmas Program" with former Firestone chorus members soprano Frances Wyatt and baritone William Metcalf. Singer Dennis Day and The Vienna Boys Choir as special guests with Howard Barlow conducting the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Howard Barlow and the Orchestra play "Danse de la Fee-dragee" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. William Metcalf sings "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing". The Chorus performs "Little Drummer Boy". Frances Wyatt with the Vienna Boys Choir perform "The First Noel" and "Ave Maria". All join in for "Silent Night".moreless
  • December 29, 1958
    December 29, 1958
    Episode 17
    "Musical Tour of Manhattan" A dress rehearsal of the old town's New Years Eve. Soprano Lisa Della Casa, singer-actress Eartha Kitt, Jazz pianist Errol Garner, French chanteuse Hildegarde and musical comedy performer Bill Tabbert are the guests. Highlights: Eartha Kitt sings "C'est Si Bon" with Jazz pianist Errol Garner playing. Hildegarde sings "All of a Sudden My Heart Sings". Soprano Lisa Della Casa solos with "The Jewel Song" from "Faust" by Gounod. Musical comic Bill Tabbert performs "You Are Beautiful". All join in for the finale with "Auld Lang Syne".moreless
  • January 5, 1959
    January 5, 1959
    Episode 18
    "A Latin Evening". Jose Greco and his company of Spanish dancers, to be accompanied by a group of flamenco guitarists and singers are the guests. Highlights: Jose Greco dancing while his own singers and musicians perform such tunes as "Cordoba," "Granada," "Castellana," "Pastoral Romance,"and "Wedding Dance."
  • January 12, 1959
    January 12, 1959
    Episode 19
    "An Evening in Paris". Singer Jane Morgan, pianist Jean Sablon, French chanteuse Genevieve and pianist George Feyer are the guests. Glenn Osser conducts the Firestone Orchestra Highlights: Jean Sablon performs "Pigalle". Genevieve sings "Vive la Vie, Vive l'Amour". All join for "Midnight in Paris".
  • January 19, 1959
    January 19, 1959
    Episode 20
    "An Evening with Paul Whiteman". Paul Whiteman is the special guest with pianist Earl Wild and singer Mindy Carson. Paul Whiteman conducts the Orchestra. Highlights: Paul Whiteman performs "Rhapsody in Blue". Mindy Carson sings "My Foolish Heart" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me".
  • January 26, 1959
    January 26, 1959
    Episode 21
    "Verdi Night" with Coloratura-soprano Roberta Peters, Mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom, Tenor Cesare Valletti and Basso Cesare Siepi as the guest soloists. Wilfred Pelletier conducts the Orchestra. Highlights: Selections from "Rigoletto", "Il Trovatore", "La Traviata" and "Sicillian Vespers".
  • February 2, 1959
    February 2, 1959
    Episode 22
    "The Music of Puccini" Soprano Renata Tebaldi is the guest soloist. Erich Leinsdorf conducts The Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Renata Tebaldi solos with "In Quelle Trine Morbide" from "Manon" by Lescaut. The Orchestra performs Prelude "Gianni Schicchi". Renata solos on "O Mio Bambino Caro". and "Vissi d'Arte" from "Tosca". The Orchestra plays selections from "Tosca".moreless
  • February 9, 1959
    February 9, 1959
    Episode 23
    "Mardi Gras Night" with singer Rosemary Clooney, musicians Woody Herman and Pete Fountain, The Dukes of Dixieland and The Hi-Lo's. Highlights: The Dukes of Dixieland play "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans". The Hi-Lo's perform "Basin Street Blues". Woody Herman plays "Muskrat Ramble". A lot of razzle-dazzle on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) eve. Other selections include "Tiger Rag", "Birth of the Blues" and the finale "When the Saints Go Marching In".moreless
  • February 16, 1959
    February 16, 1959
    Episode 24
    Mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens is the guest soloist. Walter Hendl conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Highlights: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs selections from Rimsky-Korsakov, Berlicz and Albeniz-Arbos. Rise Stevens sings arias from Mozart's comic opera "Marriage of Figaro" and Saint-Saen's dramatic "Samson and Delilah".
  • February 23, 1959
    February 23, 1959
    Episode 25
    "From Oklahoma to Music Man" with Soprano Patrice Munsel, singers Dorothy Collins, Alfred Drake and Bill Hayes. Highlights: Patrice and Alfred duet with "We Kiss in the Shadow" from "The King and I". and "On the Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady". The Orchestra performs "76 Trombones" from "The Music Man". The entire cast joins in for a "Pajama Game" medley. Selections included are "Oklahoma!", "I Love You", "I'll Never Walk Alone", "You're Just in Love", an assortment of songs from "Call Me Madame", "Carousel" and "Bells Are Ringing".moreless
  • March 2, 1959
    March 2, 1959
    Episode 26
    "A salute to Jerome Kerns 74th birthday" with baritone Robert Merrill, singers Patricia Morison, Gogi Grant and Julius LaRosa. Glenn Osser conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Robert Merrill sings "Ol' Man River". Robert and Patricia duet with "Why Do I Love You?" Gogi Grant solos to "Why Was I Born". Julius LaRosa duets with Gogi on "A Fine Romance". Robert Merrill sings "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". Patricia Morison sings "All the Things You Are" and "Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine".moreless
  • March 9, 1959
    March 9, 1959
    Episode 27
    "A Night of Americana" with singers Jo Stafford and Jimmie Rodgers. Paul Weston conducts the Orchestra. Highlights: Selections included are "Skip to My Lou", "Git Along Little Doggie", "Blue Tail Fly" and "Blues in the Night".
  • March 16, 1959
    March 16, 1959
    Episode 28
    Another concert of first rank played in the Concert Hall. The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormondy. Soprano Eleanor Steber is the guest soloist. Highlights: The Orchestra plays excerpts from Wagner's "Lohengrin" and a beautiful Bach chorale. Eleanor Steber sings arias by Mozart and Charpentier.
  • March 23, 1959
    March 23, 1959
    Episode 29
    "Easter Program" with Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. Highlights: Program opens with "He Is Risen". The Chorus sings "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" by Charles Wesley and Henry Carey and "The Holy City" by F.E. Weatherly and Stephen Adams. Other selections included are "Song of Easter", "The Ivory Palace" by H. Barraclough and Battle Hymn of the Republic" by Julia Ward Howe and William Steffe. The story of Easter as told through narration and spirituals. Closing with "In My Garden" by Idabelle Firestone.moreless
  • March 30, 1959
    March 30, 1959
    Episode 30
    "Music of Cole Porter" with singers Anna Maria Alberghetti, Bill Hayes, Margaret Whiting and Stephen Douglass. Glenn Osser conducts the Orchestra. Highlights: Selections included are "Don't Fence Me In", "Ridin' High" and "Just One of Those Things". The entire cast joins in for "Be a Clown" closing with "Wunderbar".
  • April 6, 1959
    April 6, 1959
    Episode 31
    "An Evening of Opera" Paul Paray conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from the Ford Auditorium with mezzo soprano Rise Stevens, baritone Richard Tucker, soprano Heidi Krall and basso Jerome Hines. Highlights: Selections included are excerpts from such great operas as "Don Giovanni", "Carmen", "La Traviata", "Mignon" and "Faust".
  • April 13, 1959
    April 13, 1959
    Episode 32
    "The Best of Operetta" with Metropolitan Opera soprano Patrice Munsel, singer John Raitt and the Chorus and dancers. Glenn Osser conducts the Orchestra. Highlights: Selections included are from Victor Herbert, Franz Lehar, Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml. Songs are "A Kiss in the Dark", "Merry Widow" and "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life".moreless
  • April 20, 1959
    April 20, 1959
    Episode 33
    "Latin Night" Xavier Cugat conducts the Orchestra, singers Abbe Lane and Alfredo Sadel and pianist Lalo Schifrin are the guests. Highlights: Alfredo Sadel sings "Granada" and "Amapola". Pianist Lalo Schifrin plays "El Cumina". Xavier and his Orchestra perform "Guadalajara". Abbe Lane joins Cugat and the Orchestra for the finale "Oye Me Mama".moreless
  • April 27, 1959
    April 27, 1959
    Episode 34
    Bizet's Opera "Carmen" with Baritone Robert Merrill, Mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias and Tenor Nicholai Gedda. Alfred Wallenstein conducts the Orchestra. Highlights: Rosalind Elias solos with "Habanera". Robert Merrill solos with "Toreador Aria".
  • May 4, 1959
    May 4, 1959
    Episode 35
    "An Evening With Richard Rodgers" with singers Pat Suzuki, Florence Henderson, Lisa Kirk, Bill Tabbert and James Hurst with special guest Richard Rodgers. Highlights: Composer Richard Rodgers chats with John Daly. Selections performed are "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Where or When," "If I Loved You," "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "Surrey With the Fringe on Top".moreless
  • May 11, 1959
    May 11, 1959
    Episode 36
    "Springtime in Paris" with singers Edith Piaf, Genevieve and Bill Hayes and Jacques d'Amboise of the New York City ballet. Glenn Osser conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Edith Piaf sings "Pa Dame". Genevieve sings "That's What Makes Paris, Paris".
  • May 18, 1959
    May 18, 1959
    Episode 37
    Arthur Fielder conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra from the Boston Symphony Hall. Soprano Dorothy Kirsten and baritone Thomas L. Thomas are the guest soloists. Highlights: Dorothy Kirsten and Thomas L. Thomas duet with "And This Is My Beloved". The entire cast join in for the finale of "Stars and Stripes Forever".moreless
  • May 25, 1959
    May 25, 1959
    Episode 38
    Mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens, basso Jerome Hines, soprano Heidi Krall and tenor Brian Sullivan are the guest soloists. Wilfred Pelletier conducts the Akron Symphony from the University of Akron's Memorial Hall. Highlights: Selections from Rossini to Romberg. Arias from "Faust", "Martha", "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Le Caid". Richard Tucker's selections are Luters & Romberg medley from the "Prince of Pilson" and "The Student Prince". Rsie Stevens and Heidi Krall perform Bizet's "Flower Song" from "Carmen". Jerome solos wtih Young's "Around the World in Eighty Days." Richard sings "America the Beautiful". The four soloists combine their voices for "Serenada" from "Student Prince".moreless
  • June 1, 1959
    June 1, 1959
    Episode 39
    "Highlights of 31 Years" will be remembered this evening as The Voice of Firestone ends it's historic run. Appearing on this program are tenor Richard Tucker, mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens, soprano Heidi Krall and baritone Robert Merrill. Howard Barlow conducts the Firestone Orchestra. Highlights: Richard Tucker performs "Vesti la Guibba" from "I Pagliacci" by Leoncavallo. Robert Merrill solos with Rossini's "Largo al factotum from Il Barbiere di Siviglia".moreless