CTVA US Music Variety - "The Pearl Bailey Show" (ABC)(1971)

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The Pearl Bailey Show (1971)
  Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
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THE PEARL BAILEY SHOW
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a Cooper-Finkel Company production
with the Pearl Bailey Production Corp
Videotaped at The Hollywood Palace
for
ABC Saturdays (23Jan71 - 8May71)

Producer Bob Finkel
Writers Buz Kohan, Bill Angelos, Pearl Bailey
Director Dean Whitmore
Editor Mike Wenig

US Music Variety series 1971 15 episodes x 60 min

Hostess Pearl Bailey

Recurring:
Louis Bellson Orchestra (Pearl Bailey's husband)
The Robert (Bob) Sidney Dancers
Allan Davies Singers


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ABC Saturdays (23Jan71 - 8May71)

[01] The Pearl Bailey Show
23Jan71 ABC Sat
Guests
Louis Armstrong
Bing Crosby
Andy Williams

Highlights:
Louis Armstrong sings "Blueberry Hill".
Pearl & Louis duet with a jazz session of "Exactly Like You" with special lyrics of "Didn't We".
Pearl & Bing sing a medley.
Bing, Louis and Andy each take turns singing the other's theme songs.
Pearl sings the ballad "Mama, a Rainbow".
Trivia:
During the closing ballad "Mama, a Rainbow" a momentary sound goof occured when Pearl accidently hit the mike
she was wearing when she made a spontaneous gesture. Louis Bellson, the musical director and her husband said,
"But the take was such perfect Pearl, we decided to let it go with the moment of bad sound".

[02] The Pearl Bailey Show
30Jan71 ABC Sat
Guests
Lucille Ball
George Kirby
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Highlights:
Lucille Ball (parodying Pearl’s elaborate entrance), impressionist George Kirby (imitating Pearl and John Wayne),
and Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66. Pearl, who entered show business as a dancer, does a tap number in the style of
Bill ’Bojangles’ Robinson. ...
Highlights:
Pearl sings "I've Gotta Be Me" & "Watch What Happens"
Lucille performs "Coming Up Roses" & "Lucy's March".
Pearl & Lucille duet with "Everything's Coming Up Roses".
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 perform "Lost in Paradise".
Pearl sings "Girl From Ipanema" backed by Sergio & Brasil '66.
George mimics John Wayne and Pearl Bailey.

Trivia: George Kirby was trying to outdo Flip Wilson's Geraldine impersonation, by doing Pearlie Mae.

Sergio Mendes forgot the Portuguese lyrics to "Girl From Ipanema" during rehearsal when he was performing with Pearl.
She told him, "Say anything honey, who'll know the difference?"

Lucille Ball, George Kirby, Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 deliver for Pearlie Mae. Miss Ball has a little fun imitating
Pearl's flamboyant entrances. She also stokes up energy for "Coming Up Roses" with her hostess, and a big finale,
"Lucy's March." Pearl is effective with "Girl From Ipanema" backed by Sergio Mendes, and impressionist Kirby mimics
John Wayne and Miss Bailey without being thrown out.

[03] The Pearl Bailey Show
06Feb71 ABC Sat
Guests
Liza Minnelli
Steve Lawrence
Cab Calloway

Highlights:
Cab Calloway sings "Minnie the Moocher".
Pearl & Cab duet on "Hello, Dolly!".
Pearl sings "It Only Takes A Minute".
Liza and Pearly duet "You Made Me Love You".
All join in for the finale "Cakewalk Your Lady".

[04] The Pearl Bailey Show
13Feb71 ABC Sat
Guests
Ethel Waters
Robert Goulet
Hines, Hines and Dad

Highlights:
Ethel Waters sings "His Eye Is on the Sparrow".
Robert Goulet sings "Side By Side".
All join in for a salute to Ethel with "Stormy Weather" and "Taking A Chance on Love".
Trivia At 71 years old Ethel Waters receives a standing ovation for her performance of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow".

[05] The Pearl Bailey Show
20Feb71 ABC Sat (rerun 08May71)
Guests
Phil Harris
Kate Smith
George Kirby

Highlights:
Phil & Pearl perform "Muskrat Ramble".
Pearl & George duet on "Ballin' the Jack".
Kate Smith booms out "God Bless America"
And the entire cast joins in for a big salute to "Americana".

[06] The Pearl Bailey Show
27Feb71 ABC Sat
Guests
Perry Como
B.B. King
Little Steps

Highlights:
Pearl & Perry duet with "Something".
Perry sings "You Stepped Out of a Dream".
Pearl sings "Here's That Rainy Day".
B.B. King & Pearl perform "Every Day I Have the Blues".

[07] The Pearl Bailey Show
06Mar71 ABC Sat
Guests
Jimmy Durante
Tony Bennett
The Supremes
Highlights:
Pearl sings "Lady Be Good" & "Sunny".
Pearl and the Supremes perform "Melancholy Baby".
Jimmy Durante does "September Song".
Tony Bennett sings "Let There Be Love".
Chief Gray Eagle whips on with an Indian Hoop dance.
The finale is performed by the entire cast with "One of Those Songs".

[08] The Pearl Bailey Show
13Mar71 ABC Sat
Guests
Wayne Newton
Joan Rivers
Moms Mabley
Highlights:
Wayne Newton sings "Me and Bobby McGee".
Pearl and Wayne duet on "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You".
Moms sings "Don't Sit on the Bed".
Pearl and the dancers perform to "Stompin' at the Savoy".

[09] The Pearl Bailey Show
20Mar71 ABC Sat
Guests
Debbie Reynolds
Jazz pianist Erroll Garner
Perle Mesta
Sarah Vaughan

with Louis Bellson Orchestra (regulars)
Bob Sidney Dancers  (regulars)
Allan Davies Singers 
 (regulars)
Highlights:
Perle Mesta famed "hostess with the mostess makes a rare TV appearance.
Pearl sings "Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree", "He Gives Me Love" and "I Never Met a Stranger".
Debbie performs a "Rain" medley.
Perle, Debbie, Sarah and Pearl sing "Star".
Sarah Vaughan sings "Body and Soul" and "I Want to Be Happy".
Erroll performs "For Once In My Life".
Perle & Pearl duet with "Soft Shoe Song".
Erroll, Pearl and Louis perform "Misty" and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good.

[10] The Pearl Bailey Show
27Mar71 ABC Sat
Guests
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
The Ike & Tina Turner Revue

"Hello, Dolly!" Producer David Merrick
Comedian George Kirby
Highlights:
Pearl sings "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Two by Two" and "A House Is Not a Home".
Ike and Tina perform "Higher" and "Proud Mary".
Douglas Fairbanks does "How to Handle a Woman".
George performs "Walkin' Happy".
Douglas & Pearl duet with "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face".
Pearl, George, Douglas sing "Save the Country."

[11] The Pearl Bailey Show
03Apr71 ABC Sat
Guests
Danny Thomas
Lola Falana
Carmen McRae
Orie Sasaki

Highlights:
Pearl and her guests acknowledge the coming baseball season with a multi-language version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".
Lola Falana performs to "Fever".
Danny Thomas & Pearl duet with "Old Folks".
Carmen McRae sings "Bye Bye Blackbird".
Orie Sasaki strums a ukulele as Pearl sings.

[12] The Pearl Bailey Show
10Apr71 ABC Sat
Guests
Peggy Lee
Moms Mabley
Erroll Garner
The Pastor Brothers
 Ray Brown
(bassist)
Highlights:
Peggy Lee sings "I Was Born in Love With Your" and "My Sweet Lord".
Pearl sings "Rich Is" and "Supper Time".
Pearl, Erroll, Louis, Ray perform "I Love You", "Strangers in the Night" and "The Man I Love".
Erroll performs "Yesterday".
The Pastor Brothers perform "Put A Little Love in Your Heart".
Pearl & Moms Mabley perform "At the End of the Road" (also written by Moms).

[13] The Pearl Bailey Show
17Apr71 ABC Sat
Guests
Gregory Peck
Mike Douglas
Carol Lawrence
Phyllis Diller

Highlights:
Gregory Peck duets with Pearl on "Tea For Two".
Carol Lawrence sings songs from her starring role in "West Side Story".

Daily Kennebec Journal: There's a Mike Douglas reunion on The Pearl Bailey Show with Carol Lawrence, who has cohosted
Mike's show four times, and Pearlie Mae who cooks "macaroni for the masses," a dish she once cooked for Mike. Other
guests are Gregory Peck, who requested that be dance because he didn't want to stand around like a "bump on a log."
However his dancing wasn't too good so it was cut. You'll hear him sing.

Gregory Peck demonstrates that he can vocalize, Mike Douglas also sings, Carol Lawrence reprises the highlight of her
performance in "West Side Story" and Pearl Bailey demonstrates on stage how to cook what she calls "Macaroni for the
Masses." A hoe-down production number spotlights the show's singers and dancers.

Gregory Peck, who requested that be dance because he didn't want to stand around like a "bump on a log." However his
dancing wasn't too good so it was cut.

Anniston Star: There's a Mike Douglas reunion on The Pearl Bailey Show with Carol Lawrence, who has cohosted Mike's
show four times, and Pearlie Mae who cooks "macaroni for the masses," a dish she once cooked for Mike. Other guests
are Gregory Peck, who requested that be dance because he didn't want to stand around like a "bump on a log." However
his dancing wasn't too good so it was cut. You'll hear him sing "Tea For Two" however, and Phyllis Diller who says she
is down to 10 writers which, for her, is practically ad libbing. When Pearlie Mae is cooking she calls for a dish cloth
and Phyllis appears saying she's wearing it.

Dunkirk Evening Observer
Gregory Peck sings "Tea For Two" with Pearl; Carol Lawrence sings selections from her starring role in "West Side Story."
Other guests include Mike Douglas and Phyllis Diller.
Saturday, April 17, 1971 Dunkirk-Fredonia, New York

Fresno Bee Republican, The
Gregory Peck is on Pearlie Mae's guest list tonight, joining Phyllis Diller, Carol Lawrence, and Mike Douglas for the hour.
Peck and Miss Bailey dig into "Tea for Two"; Mike Douglas croons a tune and duets with his hostess; Carol Lawrence goes
back to those great numbers from "West Side Story"; home maker Phyllis trades recipes vith Pearl; and the guests perform
in a big finale to honor the coming of spring.
Saturday, April 17, 1971 Fresno, California

Albuquerque Journal
Gregory Peck is on Pearlie Mae's guest list tonight, joining Phyllis Diller, Carol Lawrence, and Mike Douglas for hour.
Mr. Peck and Miss Bailey dig into "Tea for Two"; Mike Douglas croons a tune and duets with his hostess; Carol Lawrence
goes back to those great numbers from "West Side Story"; homemaker Phyllis trades recipes with Pearl; and the guests
perform in a big finale to honor the coming of spring.
Saturday, April 17, 1971 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Charleston Daily Mail
Gregory Peck demonstrates that he can vocalize, Mike Douglas also sings, Carol Lawrence reprises the highlight of her
performance in "West Side Story" and Pearl Bailey demonstrates on stage how to cook what she calls "Macaroni for the Masses."
A hoe-down production number spotlights the show's singers and cancers.
Saturday, April 17, 1971 Charleston, West Virginia
Note: "the show's ...cancers"????? My guess is that they're referring to the astrological sign. Or possibly it's a
misprint!

[14] The Pearl Bailey Show
24Apr71 ABC Sat
Guests
Ella Fitzgerald
Donna McKechnie

American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer
Highlights:
Pearl sings "In My Solitude"
Ella sings "Judy".
Donna performs a number from her hit Broadway show "Company".
Trivia:
Pearl and Ella entered amateur contests back in the day. Pearl entered the Harlem Opera House for their contest but
Pearl was too late so she went to the Apollo and won. Ella won at the Harlem.

[15] The Pearl Bailey Show
01May71 ABC Sat
Guests
Liberace
Leontyne Price

Highlights:
Leontyne sings "Io Sono L'Umile Ancella" from "Andrea Lecouvreur."
Pearl & Leontyne duet with "I Love You Truly".
Liberace performs "The Old Piano Roll Blues" & "Love Story".
Pearl sings "Raindrops", "I Gotta Be Me" and "He'll Understand".
Trivia: Miss Leontyne Price sung "I Love You Truly" at Pearl's wedding to Louis Bellson many year ago.

[--] The Pearl Bailey Show
08May71 [final episode]
repeat of February 20, 1971

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