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You Bet Your Life - Bill Cosby Remake One of the most enduring game shows of all time was the original You Bet Your Life. It was hosted by Groucho Marx first on radio in 1947 and continued well into the television era until 1961. The quiz game was clearly secondary to the superbly ad-libbed interviews Marx had with the contestants. A new version of You Bet Your Life, hosted by Bill Cosby, aired from September 7, 1992 to June 4, 1993 in syndication. Cosby was joined on this show by a female announcer and sidekick, Robbi Chong; she was referred to as "Renfield." Organist Shirley Scott contributed the jazzy theme music. The program was taped in Philadelphia. Three couples competed, each couple playing the game individually. After the couple was introduced, they spent time chatting with Cosby. When the interview was done, the game began. Each couple was staked with $750 and were then asked three questions within a category presented at the start of the game. Before each question, the couple made a wager, which would be added to their winnings if they were correct or subtracted if they were incorrect. The secret word in this version, worth $500, was represented by a blackbird wearing a sweatshirt from Temple University, Cosby's alma mater. The couple with the most money played for an additional $10,000. Although Cosby was renowned for ad-libbing funny exchanges with audience members as part of his stand-up comedy routines, he was no Groucho Marx. (Who, besides Groucho, was?) Low ratings prompted the cancellation of the series after just one season.
Tags: remake  You  Bet  Your  Life  Bill  Cosby  syndicated 
Added: 21st August 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Concentration Final Episode - 1973 On March 23, 1973 the memory-based game show Concentration ended its hugely successful run of nearly 15 years as an NBC daytime program. In this clip host Bob Clayton bids a kind farewell to the show's loyal fans. Clayton hosted the show from 1969 to 1973. It had previously been hosted by Hugh Downs from 1958 through 1965. Clayton was the show's announcer when Downs was the host. Jack Barry, Art James, and Bill Mazer all hosted the show in the years between Downs' and Clayton's tenures. A few months into 1969, Ed McMahon replaced Clayton--which proved to be an extremely unpopular decision. When ratings started to tank, Clayton was brought back as host. Clayton died of cardiac arrest in 1979; he was only 57. Interesting bit of trivia: Concentration was the last game show to employ an organist to provide live music.
Tags: Concentration  game  show  last  episode 
Added: 9th October 2012
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John Kiley - Fenway Park Organist Remember when ballparks had organists? John Kiley was the organist at Boston's Fenway Park for nearly 40 years. He began his career providing musical accompaniment for silent movies. Eventually he became a fixture at Boston sports events, playing at Fenway Park and Boston Garden. Kiley was famous for his swift-moving renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner--as demonstrated here.
Tags: organist  John  Kiley  Boston 
Added: 21st October 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
National Anthem 1952 World Series A sound bite from the golden age of baseball: Mel Allen introduces organist Gladys Goodding, who plays and sings the national anthem before Game #7 of the 1952 World Series at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. Goodding was the organist at Ebbets Field from 1942 through 1957 and at all sporting events held at Madison Square Garden from 1937 to 1963. Goodding's last gig at MSG occurred shortly before her death from a heart attack on November 18, 1963.
Tags: organist  Gladys  Goodding  baseball  national  anthem 
Added: 7th January 2018
Views: 333
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Posted By: Lava1964

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