Very early television series from 1949, aired locally in Los Angeles. A pop music show featuring talented performers. A bit stilted, but not bad given the limitations of early live local television. Contains the original commercials. (per the reviewer, I have changed the date in the title).
October 8, 2015 Subject:
A must-see for Charles Lampkin, and for its vintage
This was a local LA series broadcast on KNBH (NBC network) that purported to depict a group of performers preparing for that week's show. In other words, it was something of a "backstage musical" setup, but with most of the non-performance backstage business consisting of in-line ad spots for Sealy Mattress.
At the beginning, singers Dottie Jo Coulter and Dick Vine are talking to each other, and one mentions to the other that the next day is the first day of fall. That sets up a program of autumn-themed songs performed by these singers, hoofers Priscilla Gates and Vivi Allen, and pianist Charles Lampkin. The announcer is Murray Wagner.
As noted by another reviewer, pianist Charles Lampkin is the real standout in this show. He plays skilfully, delivers his lines flawlessly, and in general looks like he's having a great time. Lampkin would go on to a long, distinguished career as a musician, actor, lecturer, musicologist and educator.
One "meta" note: I don't know what the provenance of the 9-21-49 date attached to this show is, but clues in the show itself indicate to me that the actual date of airing was 9-22-49. I have already mentioned the reference to the next day's being the first day of fall, and in 1949 fall began on 9-23. Furthermore, at the end of the show it is mentioned that next week's show would be on Wednesday, September 28, with the strong inference that this constitutes a move to a different day. 9-21-48 was a Wednesday.
In any event, regarding this show I would say: come for the historical interest, stay for the fine performance of Charles Lampkin.
May 30, 2015 Subject:
Who was the black piano player? He seemed to be the star of the show.
March 7, 2015 Subject:
I think the cast and the production values on this show were excellent. It is hard to believe that this is from 1949. Compared to other early TV episodes I have seen, the copy of this one is one of the best, even better than some network shows from that era.