CTVA US Music Variety - "The Bell Telephone Hour" (NBC) Season 7 (1964-65)

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Season 7 (NBC) (1964-65)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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NBC Tuesdays 10:00-11:00pm ET

7.01 [74] SHOW #1
Prod. no. 64-1993
06-Oct-1964
Written by Charles Andrews & Marshall Barer
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Charles Andrews
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography by Matt Mattox
Announcer, Frank Barton
Hosted by Burl Ives
with performances by
Bing Crosby
The McGuire Sisters
pianist Grant Johannesen
and the Buddy Cole Group.

Highlights:
Burl Ives performs "Old Blue", "Leather Winged Bat", "Go Tell Aunt Rhody", "Little White Duck", "Funny Way of Laughing" and "A Little Bitty Tear".
The McGuire Sisters perform "All My Love", "Do Re Mi", "Alphabet Song", "I Love You", "Alabama Jubilee" and "One Fine Day".
Grant Johannesen plays Greig's Piano Concerto in A Minor.
Bing Crosby sings "I'm Confessin'", "Grey Day", "Avalon", "Chicago" and "Alabama Bound".

7.02 [75] LYRICS BY OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Prod. no. 64-2183
10-Nov-1964
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by William Hammerstein
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, John Butler
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Henry Fonda
with performances by
Florence Henderson
John Raitt
John Reardon
Gretchen Wyler
Barbara McNair
Susan Watson
and Johnny Harmon.

Highlights:
Henry Fonda speaks the lyrics of "Old Man River" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris".
The company sings "A Cockeyed Optimist". The chorus performs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'".
Susan Watson and Johnny Harmon sing "June Is Bustin' Out All Over".
Florence Henderson sings "Something Wonderful".
Barbara McNair sings "What's the Use of Wonderin'.
John Raitt, John Reardon, Johnny Harmon and the male chorus perform "There Is Nothing Like a Dame".
Barbara McNair sings "The Last Time I Saw Paris".
Susan Watson and Johnny Harmon sing and dance to "Happy Talk".
John Raitt sings "If I Loved You".
John Reardon and Florence Henderson sing "Make Believe".
John Raitt performs "Soliloquy" from Carousel.
Gretchen Wyler sings and dances to "Life Upon the Wicked Stage".
John Raitt sings "Some Enchanted Evening".
John Reardon does "The Folks Who Live on the Hill".
Florence Henderson sings "We Kiss in a Shadow".
John Raitt sings "Rose-Marie".
John Reardon does "Younger Than Springtime".
John Raitt and Florence Henderson duet on "When I Grow Too Old to Dream".
The program closes with a tape of Hammerstein receiting the lines of "Hello Young Lovers"
and the company singing "This Was a Real Nice Clambake".

7.03 [76] SHOW #3
Prod. no. 64-2260
24-Nov-1964
Written by Bernard Rothman
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Gary Smith
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreographer, Kevin Carlisle
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Robert Young
with performances by
pianist André Previn
singers Lainie Kazan
Earl Wrightson
and Lois Hunt
ballet dancers Edward Villella
and Patricia McBride
and The Brothers Four.

Highlights:
Andre Previn performs overture to Bernstein's "West Side Story" with a jazz group and his performance of Gershwin's "Concerto in F".
Ballet dancers Edward Villella and Patricia McBride perform "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue".
Earl Wrightson and Lois Hunt sing love songs.
Lainie Kazan sings "People".
The Brothers Four sing a medley from "Porgy and Bess".
Robert Young reads "The First Thanksgiving".

7.04 [77] Bell Telephone Hour: SHOW #4 (Live, tape)
Prod. no. 64-2332
08-Dec-1964
Written by Burt Shevelove
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Burt Shevelove
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Maurice Chevalier
with performances by
musical comedy star Stanley Holloway
jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain
Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza
and the puppet cast of Les Poupées de Paris.

Highlights:
Chevalier reminisces about some of the songs and the performers he has known in his long career.
Holloway offers a medley of British music-hall tunes.
Teresa Berganza sings "Nacqui all'affanno, al Pianto" from Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola".
Maurice Chevalier performs "Hello Dolly!", "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me", "Mimi", "I Remember It Well", "Under the Bridges of Paris", "C'est Si Bon", "Poor People of Paris", "Valentine" and "Au Revoir".
"Thank Heaven for Little Girls" .... Chevalier, Poupees
Maurice & Stanley duet on "Teasin'".
Pete Fountain performs "Dixie" and "Swing Low, Sweet Clarinet".
Maurice and Pete do "When You're Smiling".

7.05 [78] SHOW #5
Prod. no. 64-2402
22-Dec-1964
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, John Butler
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Maureen O'Hara
with performances by
singers Howard Keel
and Martha Wright
Opera singer Phyllis Curtin
ballet dancers Sonia Arova, Violette Verdy and Edmund Novak
and The Columbus Boys' Choir.

Highlights:
Maureen O'Hara narrates the story of the Nativity as told in the Gospel according to St. Luke.
Sonia Arova and Edmund Novak perform a Pas De Deux from the toy shop scene of the ballet "Coppelia".
Phyllis Curtin and the Columbus Boys' Choir sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing?", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Now We Come A-Wassailing".
Other songs include, "White Christmas", "Be A Santa" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

*Note: This was the 24th annual Christmas program.

7.06 [79] LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
Prod. no. 65-24
05Jan1965
Written by Charles Andrews & Ed Scott
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Charles Andrews
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreographer, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Barbara Cook
with performances by
Metropolitan opera star Richard Tucker
singer-actress Dolores Gray
singer-actor Jack Cassidy
musician Duke Ellington
jazz artist Ethel Ennis
and Soprano Lucine Amara.

Highlights:
Barbara Cook with The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus perform "Love Makes the World Go" from Carnival.
Jack Cassidy and Dolores Gray sing a medley of Gershwin love songs "Of Thee I Sing", "Somebody Loves Me", "They All Laughed", "Love Walked In" and "Love is Sweeping the Country".
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra play a medley of his love songs "Satin Doll", "Sophisticated Lady", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light".
Ethel Ennis sings "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Here's That Rainy Day" and joins Duke Ellington for "Love You Madly".
The Ellington Orchestra plays "Mood Indigo".
Richard Tucker performs excerpts from Leoncavallo's tragic opera, "I Pagliacci".
Duke Ellington with a piano solo of "Dancers In Love".
Barbara Cook does a spoof on American love songs.
Barbara, Jack and Dolores close with a short medley "Buffalo Gals", "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair", "In My Merry Oldsmobile", "Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine", "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon"", "If I Had a Talking Picture of You", "Pettin' in the Park", "By a Waterfall", "Shuffle off to Buffalo" and "Indian Love Call".

7.07 [80] THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Prod. no. 65-87
19-Jan-1965
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by William Hammerstein
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreographer, John Butler
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Lena Horne
with performances by
baritone Robert Merrill
mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik
bandleader Guy Lombardo
singer Kenny Gardner
double bassist Gary Karr
and Peter, Paul and Mary.

Highlights:
Robert Merrill and Regina Resnik perform "Les tringles des sistres tintaient" (Gypsy Song) from Bizet's Carmen, "Votre toast" (Toreador Song) and "Si tu m'aimes, Carmen".
Gary Kerr plays Bottesini's "Fantasy on Themes from La Sonnambula".
Peter, Paul and Mary sing folksongs.
Guy Lombardo and his orchestra perform "Sweet Georgia Brown".

7.08 [81] THE AMERICAN SONG
Prod. no. 65-169
02-Feb-1965
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Jane Powell
with performances by
Country star Roy Rogers
and his wife singer-actress Dale Evans
singer Jack Haskell
Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars
and Max Morath and His Original Rag Quartet

Highlights:
A melodic hour of American regional music.
Jane Powell and Jack Haskell sing a passel of popular tunes like "Oklahoma", "I'm Alabamy Bound", "Ohio" and others.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans perform "Home on the Range" and a square dance call.
Max Morath and his Original Rag Quartet perform "Hello My Baby".

7.09 [82] THE MASQUES OF MUSIC
Prod. no. 65-250
16-Feb-1965
Written by Charles Andrews
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Charles Andrews
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Ray Bolger
with performances by
singer-actress Carol Lawrence
singer-actor Harve Presnell
Opera singer Régine Crespin
tenor Sandor Konya
and pianist Lorin Hollander.

Highlights:
Ray Bolger sings "If I Only Had a Brain".
Carol Lawrence sings "Blow Wind Blow" and "Long Face".
Lorin Hollander performs First Movement, Second Concerto from Rachmaninoff.
Harve Presnell sings "I Love Thee" and "Skip To My Loo".
Régine Crespin performs "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's Tosca.
Régine Crespin and Sándor Kónya perform "E lucevan le stelle" and "Amaro sol per te" from Puccini's Tosca.
Ray Bolger and company conclude with "We're Off to See the Wizard".

7.10 [83] THE AMERICAN GIRL
Prod. no. 65-338
02Mar1965
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Sid Smith
Produced by Norman Campbell
Executive producer, Barry Wood
Conductor, Donald Voorhees
Choreography, Matt Mattox
Announcer, Mel Brandt.
Hosted by Robert Goulet
with performances by
singers Barbara Cook
Mildred Miller
Eydie Gorme
and Susan Watson.

Highlights:
Robert Goulet sings "Jumbo" and "Most Beautiful Girl in the World".
Barbara Cook with Robert Goulet and The Bell Telephone Hour Chorus: "A Bird in a Gilded Cage", "It was Good Enough for Grandma", "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair" and "Housewife's Lament".
Other songs include, "Nothing Is as I Wish It To Be", "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better", "Mr. Snow", "Try a Little Tenderness", "It Ain't Good Enough For Us", "I Wanna Be Bad", "A Brighter Day", "You Ought To Be", "My Quiet Girl", "I Feel Pretty", "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm" and "A Enjoy Being a Girl".
Robert Goulet performs the closing with "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody".

7.11 [84] WAYFARER ON THE MISSISSIPPI
Prod. no. 65-417
16Mar1965
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by William Hammerstein
Hosted by Burl Ives
with performances by
actor James Daly
singer Patti Page
Metropolitan Opera stars Rosalind Elias
and William Walker
dancer Matt Mattox
ragtime piano player Bob Darch
Red Nichols and the Five Pennies

Highlights:
James Daly reads tales of Mark Twain.
Burl Ives sings "Fare Thee Well, My Honey".
Patti Page sings "The Birth of the Blues".
Rosalind Elias and William Walker sings "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life".
Other songs include, "Timber", "I'm Going Down the Road", "Maple Leaf Rage", "Cake Walk", "Poor River Boy", "Soft Summer Day", "Hard Time Country Girls", "Goodbye Dixie Goodbye", "Old Careless Love", "Wake Up Little Girl" and "Style of the Blues".

7.12 [85] FESTIVAL OF SPRING
Prod. no. 65-587
13Apr1965
Written by Jim Bishop
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Dan Lounsbery
Hosted by Olivia de Havilland
with performances by
tenor Richard Tucker
singer-actress Dorothy Collins
actor Ron Husmann
actress Anita Gillette
ballet dancers Patricia McBride
and Edward Villella
The Sholom Secunda Chorale
Morman Tabernacle Choir
and the Buster Davis Singers.

Highlights:
Olivia de Havilland officiates over this ode to the varied faces of Spring brought to life by the talents of a host of stars.
Ron Husmann and Anita Gillette sing love songs.
A ballet from Edward Villella and Patricia McBride to the music by Debussy and Ravel.
Dorothy Collins sings "Spring Is Here" from the Broadway musical "I Married An Angel" and "Button Up Your Overcoat" and an Easter Hat Medley.
Selections from the Passover Service from opera tenor Richard Tucker
and the Sholom Secunda Chorale.
Songs celebrating the Easter service from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
and a filmed essay on the wonder of Spring written by author-columnist Jim Bishop.

7.13 [86] GREAT MOMENTS
Prod. no. 65-662
27-Apr-1965
Written by Robert Herridge
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Robert Herridge
Hosted by Mel Brandt & Donald Voorhees
with performances by
entertainer Maurice Chevalier
ballet dancers Rudolf Nureyev
and Maria Tallchief
singer-actor Robert Preston
coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland
pianist Clifford Curzon
and singer Harry Belafonte.

Highlights:
Maurice Chevalier sings "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "Les Hommes".
Robert Preston performs "76 Trombones" River City.
Joan Sutherland performs an aria from Ophelia
Clifford Curzon performs the final movement of "Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4".
Harry Belafonte sings "Try to Remember", "Who's Gonna Be Your Man" and "Amen".

*All performances are repeats from earlier shows.

7.14 [87] A MUSICAL TOUR OF TIN PAN ALLEY
65-756
11-May-1965
Written by Lucille Kallen
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by William Hammerstein
Hosted by Hoagy Carmichael
with performances by
singer Gordon MacRae
songstress Leslie Uggams
singer-actor Bill Hayes
singer-actress Carol Lawrence
pianist Peter Nero
choreographer-dancer Matt Mattox and his dancers.
with Donald Voorhees and the Bell Telephone Orchestra.

Highlights:
A tour through the songs of Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Berlin, Loesser and Carmichael.
Songs performed include "Tea For Two” from No, No, Nanette (Youmans/Caesar), “Shall We Dance” (G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin), and “The Continental” (Conrad/Magidson).
"Shine On, Harvest Moon, "Nora Bayes", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "He's My Bill", "The Girl of My Vagabond Dream", "I'd Rather Be Lonely" and "Someone Waits For Me" (Vincent Youmans)
"You've Chosen Me", "Lady, Be Good!", "Fascinating Rhythm", "Girl crazy" and Embraceable You" (George Gershwin),
"Always", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Play a Simple Melody", "White Christmas", "Follow the Fleet" and "Let Yourself Go" (Irving Berlin)
The company joins in for the finale with "There's No Business Like Show Business".

7.15 [88] THE MANY FACETS OF COLE PORTER
65-831
25-May-1965
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Clark Jones
Produced by Dan Lounsberg
Hosted by Donald O'Connor
with performances by
Dolores Gray
Opera singers George London
and Jean Fenn
pianist Erroll Garner
Nancy Dussault
John Davidson
and Doug Crosley.

Highlights:
Donald O'Connor sings "Just One of Those Things" and "Easy to Love".
Donald, Dolores, Doug and Nancy perform "It's Delovely".
George London and Jean Fenn perform "Wunderbar!".
Erroll Garner plays "It's All Right With Me".
Other songs include, "Night and Day", "Why Can't You Behave?", "Let's Face It, You Irritate Me", "So In Love", "Do I Love You?", "In the Still of the Night", "Supermarket in Old Peking", "Take Me Back to Manhattan", "Begin the Beguine", "You're the Top" and "Don't Fence Me In".
Finale "Let's Say, It's Friendship".


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