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Worst TV Show Ever - Turn-On Turn-On is generally regarded as the worst television show ever to grace the airwaves of American TV. Created by Laugh-In producers George Schlatter and Ed Friendly, Turn-On lasted just one broadcast: Wednesday, February 5, 1969. At some ABC afiliates, as Tim Conway explains in this clip, it was yanked off the air before it was finished. Turn-On was similar to Laugh-In. It was 30 minutes of skits and backouts bridged together by weird electronic music. Most of the skits were overly suggestive by 1969 standards. (One featured a comely blonde about to be executed by a firing squad. The head of the squad said, 'This might sound unusual but WE have one final request!' Another skit featured a vending machine that dispensed birth control pills.) Good luck finding clips of this turkey. Apparently the master tape is locked away in a vault somewhere never to be aired again.
Tags: Turn-On  ABC  worst  TV  show  Tim  Conway 
Added: 25th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rodney  Dangerfield He Got No Respect It's been three years since we last saw that famous mug of his, and laughed as he made himself the brunt of his own jokes. Rodney left this world on October 5, 2004, and the world lost a brilliant comedian with a big, big heart.
Tags: rodney  dangerfield  standup  comedy  the  tonight  show 
Added: 5th October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Oh My Erica Susan Lucci is best known for playing the larger-than-life diva Erica Kane on the ABC television soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN, on which she has appeared since the show's inception on January 5, 1970. She was nominated for the "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy" for her work on ALL MY CHILDREN almost every year since 1978. When Lucci didn't win the award after several consecutive nominations, her image in the media began to be lampooned, as she became notoriously synonymous with never winning an Emmy. NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE exploited this by asking her to host an episode (unusual for a daytime serial actor), where her monologue parodied the cast, crew, and even stagehands carrying Emmys of their own in her presence...
Tags: susan  lucci  modeling  photo 
Added: 6th October 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
American Bandstand 1952 to 1989 October 6th marks the first televised appearance of American Bandstand. I found some interesting trivia concerning the show. It was customary on AB to have Clark perform a mini-interview with the guest band members. Clark says the most difficult interview he performed was with Prince, an unknown at the time of his appearance. Prince was unresponsive and would generally answer his questions with only a hand gesture or a single word. Clark in fact asked Prince how many instruments he played, Prince responded with, "A thousand." Another famous mini-interview Clark is famous for is one with Madonna, who, when asked what she would like to do 20 years from now, answered coyly, "To rule the world!" B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis were the only recording artists to actually sing on the program. They were uncomfortable with miming their performances and requested that they just perform the songs live on the set. In 1961, Tony Orlando performed his then-hit song "Bless You" with his trousers zipper open!
Tags: american  bandstand  dick  clark  abc 
Added: 6th October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
WW II Hero Tony Stein Tony Stein was born in Dayton, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 22 Sep 1942. At Iwo Jima, manned with a light machine gun that he had previously taken from an aircraft, he fired while standing upright amidst heavy enemy fire to provide his fellow Marines time to get into position. He then charged nearby Japanese pillboxes alone, killing about 20 Japanese soldiers in close range. He ran out of ammunition eight times; each time, he ran back to the beach with a wounded Marine on his shoulders, resupplied himself, and ran right back into combat. On 1 Mar 1945, he was killed in action. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and now rests in peace at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.
Tags: WW  II  Hero  Tony  Stein 
Added: 24th March 2009
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Posted By: Old Fart
Your Hit Parade  Opening Opening Intro for the 50's Television show "Your Hit Parade". Your Hit Parade was a popular radio and television program, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes and broadcast from 1935 to 1955 on radio and telecast from 1950 to 1959. During this 24-year run, the show had 19 orchestra leaders and 52 singers or groups. Each Saturday evening at 8pm, a hit parade of the more popular and bestselling songs of the week were presented. The original format involved a presentation of the top 15 tunes. Later, a countdown with fanfares led to the top three finalists, with the number one song for the finale. Occasional performances of standards and other favorite songs from the past were known as "Lucky Strike Extras." Listeners were informed that "Your Hit Parade survey checks the best sellers on sheet music and phonograph records, the songs most heard on the air and most played on the automatic coin machines, an accurate, authentic tabulation of America's taste in popular music." However, the exact procedure of this "authentic tabulation" remained a secret. Some believe song choices were often arbitrary due to various performance and production factors. The show's ad agencies never revealed the specific sources or the methods that were used to determine the top hits.
Tags: your  hit  parade  50s  television  music 
Added: 11th October 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Del Shannon Runaway Del Shannon was born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 30, 1934. The son of Bert and Leone, Westover grew up in nearby Coopersville, a small farming town. Taught to play the ukulele by his mother as a child, young Charles soon flowered into guitar picking at 14 years of age. The song Runaway, was a number one hit in 1961 in both the US and the UK. Runaway was featured in the following television shows: Beverly Hills 90210: Episodes: Mexican Stand Off, Sweating It Out, Laverne & Shirley (Episode: Diner) CHiPs (The old 70s TV show with Erik Estrada) WKRP In Cincinnati (starring Howard Hessman): Filthy Pictures Episode, Benny Hill Show (Episode 28), South Of Sunset: Dream Girl Runaway is featured in the following movies: Good Will Hunting (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams), Christine (Bonnie Raitt's version), Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Kids Of Degrassi Street, Running Scared (Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal), That ll Be The Day, Catch Me If You Can, Buddy System, Children Of The Corn, Born On The Fourth of July (Tom Cruise), Roseaux Sauvages (French Film) Runaway was also used as the theme to Crime Story, the hit U.S. television series from '86 to '88.
Tags: del  shannon  runaway  pop  music   
Added: 15th October 2007
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Posted By: Tony
     Telly Savalas     Who Loves Ya Baby Beginning in 1973 Telly Savalas used his considerable charisma to breathe a little life into this look at a New York detective. Helped by some good location filming in the Big Apple and fairly realistic plots, not to mention that "New York" attitude, Kojak will always stand as an above average 70's cop show.
Tags: kojak  telly  savalas  police  drama 
Added: 16th October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Ben E King     Stand By Me In 1960, a singer named Ben Nelson left the Drifters after failing to gain a salary increase and what he felt to be a fairer share of the group's royalties. He then assumed the more memorable stage name Ben E. King in preparation for a solo career. Remaining on Atlantic Records, King scored his first solo hit with the stylish, Latin-tinged ballad "Spanish Harlem" (1961). "Stand by Me" was his next recording. Written by King along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Stand by Me" was voted one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Stand by Me" and "Spanish Harlem" were named as two of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and were both also given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 1986, Stand By Me was re-issued following its use as the theme music to the movie of the same name. This video was made in the late 80's, with Ben E King and two of the stars of the film, River Phoenix and Will Wheaton.
Tags: stand  by  me  ben  e  king  river  phoenix  will  wheaton 
Added: 28th October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
GI Joe going PC The show biz newspaper Variety reports: "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer." See: http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/10849526.html
Tags: GI  Joe  going  PC 
Added: 29th October 2007
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Posted By: Old Fart

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