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.
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Classic TV sitcoms can be seen endlessly on reruns. Hunt down the titles of famous TV sitcoms in this free Word Search puzzle from Past Entertainment.
The comic book heroes born in the Golden Age of Comics endure today. Can you locate their names in this free Word Search Puzzle from Past Entertainment?
An exciting old time radio adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s short story, The Red Wind, starring detective Philip Marlowe.
Audio Theatre Presents Pulp-Pourri Theater doing a Play adapted from a Dime Mystery Magazine Story, A Monster of His Making. Audio Theatre presents the best in audio comedy, drama and entertainment available for the ear.