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In this classic TV video clip, Boris Karloff plays the Big Bad Wolf and sings with Rosemary Clooney! From the Rosemary Clooney Show, March 7, 1957. The perfect Halloween treat!
Frank Sinatra sings, “Love Me Tender” and Elvis Presley sings, “Witchcraft,” in a duet! From the 1960 Classic TV Frank Sinatra special on ABC, The show featured Elvis’s first TV appearance after being released from the Army.
A clash of the Titans! What more can you say!
From the 1957 Classic TV special, “The Edsel Show,” Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra try to sing the theme song from the 1942 Crosby and Hope motion picture, “The Road to Morocco.” Sinatra and Crosby are interrupted by the show’s special guest, Bob Hope, who joins the two.
Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong describe what it takes to make real jazz music. They perform the Cole Porter song, “Now You Has Jazz,” on “The Edsel Show” on October 13, 1957.
The dancer who taught Michael Jackson to moonwalk in a rare film appearance! Tap dance pioneer Bill Bailey performs on the Harlem Variety Review in the early 1950’s and demonstrates the move he called, The Backslide,” later renamed “The Moonwalk,” by Michael Jackson.
A rare classic TV appearance of Count Basie with a small 6-piece band in 1955 on the Harlem Variety Review. Basie and his group perform two short pieces.
While performing with his father’s act, “Borscht Capades” at the Roosevelt Theatre in Florida, actor, singer, comedian Joel Grey was first noticed by Eddie Cantor. Cantor invited Grey, 19 years old, to perform with him on The Colgate Comedy Hour as a new upcoming talent. Grey appeared on April 1, 1951, his first classic television appearance.
You know him as the director/choreographer of Cabaret, All That Jazz and Sweet Charity. In 1951, Jerry Lewis saw the act of a young dancer, Bob Fosse, and his partner, Mary Ann Niles, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Lewis invited the young dancers to be on the Colgate Comedy Hour and choreograph the dance numbers for that show. This is Bob Fosse’s dance appearance on the Colgate Comedy Hour, February 4, 1951.
To understand his importance, and how Sammy Davis, Jr. became a star, you must look at the unique life, and place in history, of his father, Sammy Davis, Senior,
Classic TV commercials provide a look back at how celebrities and product advertisements were paired as television found its early voice.
Most people forget that Walt Disney was a fine on-camera personality and performer. By 1965, when Disney appeared in this clip on the NBC network’s Jack Benny Hour he had been the host of his own anthology show for over a decade.
In these classic TV clips, the Beach Boys perform California Girls, Barbara Ann, and act in a skit with Jack Benny and Bob Hope. From the November 13, 1965 airing of the Jack Benny Hour on NBC.
Rare Classic TV footage of Louis Armstrong at his prime playing trumpet on the Colgate Comedy Hour in 1951.
The Nicholas brothers invented and perfected a dance form that combined classical tap, jazz, acrobatics and amazing athleticism. Mikhail Baryshnikov declared the Nicholas Brothers to be, “the most amazing dancers I have ever seen in my life — ever … Those guys are perfect examples of pure genius.”
Don Ellis at Ellis Island (nightclub) on the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, California in 1967. The Don Ellis Band plays “In a Turkish Bath.” Ray Neapolitan is on sitar.
Sammy Davis Jr. Davis achieved success on stage, in films, on radio and television and as an author. He sang, danced, acted, told jokes, did impressions and charmed his way into America’s entertainment legacy. In this clip, from 1954, Davis performs to one of his biggest hits, “Birth of the Blues,” on the classic TV show, the Colgate Comedy Hour.