CTVA US Music Variety - "The Jo Stafford Show" (CBS 1954-55)(ATV-ITC 1961-62)

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The Jo Stafford Show (1954-55)
 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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THE JO STAFFORD SHOW
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CBS (1954-55) (2Feb54-28Jun55) (From Hollywood)
 
US Music Variety series 1954-55   

Hosted by Jo Stafford

Regulars: (1954-55)
The Paul Weston Orchestra &  The Starlighters

Background:
Jo Stafford began her recording career in the 1944, originally a member of Tommy Dorsey's
vocal group The Pied Pipers, her hit recordings included:

Jo Stafford (Playlist)

"Long Ago and Far Away"
"You Belong To Me" (See the Pyramids ...)(1952 UK hit)
"Jambalaya" (1952 UK hit)
"Make Love To Me" (1954 UK hit)
"Suddenly There's a Valley" (1955)
"It's Almost Tomorrow" (1955)
"On London Bridge" (1956)

############# The Jo Stafford Show ###########
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CBS Tuesdays 7:45-8:00pm Eastern (15 min) (after the network news) (from 2Feb54)
From Hollywood
Regulars:
Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters
Took over the Tuesday slot formally occupied by  The Jane Froman Show - USA Canteen

[01] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min) [Debut]
02Feb1954 CBS Tue

[02] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
09Feb1954 CBS Tue

[03] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
16Feb1954 CBS Tue
Highlights:
Jo sings "Temptation".

[04] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
23Feb1954 CBS Tue
Highlights:
Jo sings "Jones Boy" and "If I Loved You".

[05] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
02Mar1954 CBS Tue

[06] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
09Mar1954 CBS Tue

[07] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
16Mar1954 CBS Tue

[08] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
23Mar1954 CBS Tue

[09] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
30Mar1954 CBS Tue
Highlights:
Jo sings "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe". [RF]

[10] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
06Apr1954 CBS Tue

[11] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
13Apr1954 CBS Tue

[12] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
20Apr1954 CBS Tue

[13] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
27Apr1954 CBS Tue

[14] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
04May1954 CBS Tue

[15] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
11May1954 CBS Tue

[16] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
18May1954 CBS Tue

[17] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
25May1954 CBS Tue
Highlights:
Jo sings "Wanted" and "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms". [RF]

[18] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
01Jun1954 CBS Tue

[19] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
08Jun1954 CBS Tue
Highlights:
Jo sings "Exactly Like You", "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose", "I Get So Lonely" and "Begin the Beguine". [RF]

[20] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
15Jun1954 CBS Tue

[21] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
22Jun1954 CBS Tue

[22] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min) (Last episode)
29Jun1954 CBS Tue

*NOTE: Last episode of "The Jo Stafford Show",
Merv Griffin's "Summer Holiday" Summer Replacement variety show with Betty Ann Grove premieres on July 6, 1954.

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CBS Tuesdays 7:45-8:00pm Eastern (15 min) (after the network news) (ending 28 Jun55)
From Hollywood
Regulars:
Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters

2.01 [23] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
07Sep1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo sings "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart", "Nearer My Love to Thee", "Little Old Shoemaker"
and closes with "The Man Who Got Away". [RF]

2.02 [24] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
14Sep1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo sings "September in the Rain".
Jo and the Starlighters sing "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair".
Jo solos with "I Could Have Told You." [RF]

2.03 [25] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
21Sep1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.04 [26] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
28Sep1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.05 [27] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
05Oct1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.06 [28] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
12Oct1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.07 [29] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
19Oct1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.08 [30] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
26Oct1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.09 [31] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
02Nov1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.10 [32] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
09Nov1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.11 [33] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
16Nov1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.12 [34] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
23Nov1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.13 [35] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
30Nov1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.14 [36] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
07Dec1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.15 [37] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
14Dec1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.16 [38] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
21Dec1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.17 [39] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
28Dec1954 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.18 [40] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
04Jan1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.19 [41] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
11Jan1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.20 [42] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
18Jan1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.21 [43] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
25Jan1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.22 [44] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
01Feb1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.23 [45] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
08Feb1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
In a toy shop Jo and the Starlighters sing "Darling, Darling".
Jo sings "I Can't Get Started with You" from a penthouse, whereupon the Starlighters join her for
"How About You?"
The show closes with a tribute to Lincoln with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". [RF]

2.24 [46] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
15Feb1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo sings "I've Got the World on a String", "Vera Cruz" and "Cuanta-le-Gusta". [RF]

2.25 [47] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
22Feb1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.26 [48] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
01Mar1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.27 [49] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
08Mar1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.28 [50] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
15Mar1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.29 [51] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
22Mar1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.30 [52] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
29Mar1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.31 [53] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
05Apr1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo and the Starlighters sing "Breezing Along with the Breeze", "Red Rosy Bush", "Davy Crockett"
and "Sunday Kind of Love". [RF]

2.32 [54] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
12Apr1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo and the Starlighters sing about Baseball and romance, "They All Laughed", "Take Me Out to the Ball Game",
"I'll Remember April" and "Young and Foolish". [RF]

2.33 [55] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
19Apr1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo and the Starlighters open the program with "I Love Paris".
The Orchestra does "The River Seine".
Jo and the group sings "Paris in the Spring".
An instrmental number "The Paris Sky".
Jo sings in French, "Au Claire de la Lune" and closes with "April in Paris". [RF]

2.34 [56] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
26Apr1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Songs include "The Lady is in Love with You", "Rain" and "Singin' in the Rain". [RF]

2.35 [57] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
03May1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.36 [58] The Jo Stafford Show
10May1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo and the Starlighters offer "Sunday", "John Anderson, My Jo", "Ballad of Davy Crockett"
and "How Important Can It Be?" [RF]

2.37 [59] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
17May1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo sings "Brazil" and "Young and Foolish".
The Starlighters join her for "Love" and "Coffee Song".
Ray Fitzell dances. [RF]

2.38 [60] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
24May1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
Jo sings "Dance With Me, Henry", "Love is Here to Stay", "Bidin' My Time" and "The Man I Love". [RF]

2.39 [61] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
31May1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
Highlights:
In a nightclub setting Jo and the Starlighters present "S'Wonderful".
Jo solos with "Whatever Lola Wants" and "It's the Talk of the Town". [RF]

2.40 [62] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
07Jun1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.41 [63] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
14Jun1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.42 [64] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min)
21Jun1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.

2.43 [65] The Jo Stafford Show (15 min) (Final show of the 15 min. series)
28Jun1955 CBS Tue
with the Paul Weston Orchestra and The Starlighters.
*NOTE: Final show of the series.

 The Jo Stafford Show(UK) (1961-62)
 ATV-ITC Production (Taped at Elstree Studios, London) Produced by Bill Ward 

Music Variety series 1961-62   pilot + 8 episodes x 60min  

Hosted by Jo Stafford
 
Regulars: (1961-62) (UK)
The Polka Dots
Joyce and Lionel Blair &  The Lionel Blair Dancers
Jack Parnell and his Orchestra

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Taped in London, England by ATV-ITC (1961) for US Syndication (1962)

[00] The Jo Stafford Show: (ATV-ITC) (Taped in London)
UK airdate: 11Jul59 ITV Sat 8:00-9:00pm
(Possibly not part of the US syndication package - but may have acted as a pilot)
Guests:
Peggy Lee
Roy Castle

Summary:
Peggy Lee and song-and-dance man Roy Castle are featured in a toast to swing music of the Thirties and Forties.
Included: "I'll Never Smile Again," "Marie," "Juke Box Saturday Night," "I'm Not the Guy". [RF]

[01] The Jo Stafford Show: (ATV-ITC) (60 min) (Taped in London) (first of new series-fortnightly)
UK airdate: 09Sep61 ITV Sat 7:55-8:55pm
Guests:
Peter Sellers
Patricia Hayes
Graham Stark

Summary:
Peter Sellers and Graham Starke detail mishaps brought on by a simple misunderstanding. Jo sings "A Foggy Day,"
"Isn't It a Lovely Day?" "Thingamajig." Polka Dots, Jack Parnell orchestra. [RF]

[02] The Jo Stafford Show: TRANSPORTATION (ATV-ITC) (60 min)(Taped in London)
UK airdate: 23Sep61 ITV Sat 7:25-8:25pm
Guests:
Kenneth More
Roy Castle

Summary:
Actor Kenneth More and song-and-dance man Roy Castle sing and swing on the issue of transportation.
Musical selections include: Breezing Along with the Breeze," "Travel On" "Genevieve,"and "Skylark" Polka Dots,
Lionel Blair dancers. [RF]

[03] The Jo Stafford Show: THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE (ATV-ITC) (60 min) (Taped in London)
UK airdate:07Oct61 ITV Sat 7:25-8:25pm
Guests:
Ella Fitzgerald
Claire Bloom
George Benson
Summary:
Ella Fitzgerald and Claire Bloom, in a salute to love in song, dance and poetry. Jo and Ella team for "Hooray for Love."
Ella sings "Man That Got Away" and "Right to Sing the Blues." [RF]

[04] The Jo Stafford Show: THE GREAT ALL-STAR SHOW (ATV-ITC) (60 min)(Taped in London)
UK airdate: 04Nov61 ITV Sat 7:25-8:25pm
Guests:
Robert Morley
Stanley Holloway

Summary:
Robert Morley and Stanley Holloway take Jo to London's Palladium for a vaudeville show. Songs include "Sam Small,"
"Small Talk" and "History of the Palladium." Polka Dots, Lionel Blair dancers, Jack Parnell orchestra. [RF]

[05] The Jo Stafford Show: THE GREAT ALL-STAR SHOW (ATV-ITC) (60 min)(Taped in London)
UK airdate: 02Dec61, ITV Sat 7:25-8:25pm
starring
Jo Stafford
with her special guests:
Bob Hope
James Darren
The Polka Dots
Joyce and Lionel Blair
The Lionel Blair Dancers
Jack Parnell and his Orchestra

Produced by Bill Ward
ATV Production

[06] The Jo Stafford Show: RING OUT THE BELLS: (Christmas Special) (ATV-ITC) (60 min) (Taped in London)
UK airdate: 24Dec61 Sun 8:25-9:25pm
ATV Christmas Special
Starring:
Jo Stafford
Guest:
Harry Secombe (Welsh Tenor/ Comic)
Summary:
A Christmas show features Jo's two children, the Westminster Abbey Choir, the George Mitchell Singers,
the Corona Stage School Children's Chorus, the Lionel Blair Dancers and comic Harry Secombe. [RF]

[07] The Jo Stafford Show : THE AGE OF CHIVALRY (ATV-ITC) (60 min) (Taped in London)
UK airdate: not known
US Syndicated airdate: 21Nov64 ABC-WNHC New York City , Saturday 9:30 pm
Starring
Jo Stafford
Guests:
Peter Lawford
Benny Hill (British comedian)
Kenneth Connor (British comedian)
The Polka Dots
The Lionel Blair Dancers
Jack Parnell and his Orchestra

Highlights
Jo Stafford and Actor Peter Lawford recreate "The Age of Chivalry" as they tour Warwick Castle outside of London.
Joining them on this costumed jaunt are comedians Benny Hill and Kenneth Connor, the Singing Polka Dots,
the Lionel Blair Dancers & Jack Parnell and his Orchestra.

[08] The Jo Stafford Show: (ATV-ITC) (60 min) (Taped in London)
Starring:
Jo Stafford
Guests:
Rosemary Clooney
Mel Torme
Edd Byrnes
(Kookie in "77 Sunset Strip")
Summary:
Rosemary Clooney ("Singin' in the Rain"), Mel Torme ("Winter Wonderland") and Edd Byrnes ("Falling Leaves").
Jo sings "Good Ole Summertime" and "Lovely Day Today." Filmed in England. [RF]
 
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