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Your Hit Parade is an American radio and television music program that was broadcast from to on radio, and seen from to on television. It was sponsored by American Tobacco 's Lucky Strike cigarettes. Happy Nation - Various - Hit Parade this year run, the show had Happy Nation - Various - Hit Parade orchestra leaders and 52 singers or groups. Many listeners and viewers casually referred to the show with the incorrect title The Hit Parade.
When the show debuted, there was no agreement as to what it should be called. Each Saturday evening, the program offered the most popular and bestselling songs of the week. The earliest format involved a presentation of the top 15 songs. 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 the " 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.
Some believe song choices were often arbitrary due to various performance and production factors. They made a general statement that it was based mainly on "readings of radio requests, sheet music sales, dance-hall favorites and jukebox tabulations"; Radio Guide claimed "an endless popularity poll on a nationwide scale.
The origins of the format can be traced back to the Lucky Strike Dance Orchestra aka Lucky Strike Orchestrawhich aired from to sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. Rolfe the show was heard on the NBC Red network for an hour at 10 p. Rolfe and his Lucky Strike Orchestra.
Script continuity in the late s and early s was written by Alan Jay Lerner before he found fame as a lyricist. The first number one song on the first episode was "Soon" by Bing Crosby. Bruce C. Some years passed before the countdown format was introduced, with the number of songs varying from seven to Frank Sinatra joined the show inand was fired for messing up the No. One source says his contract was not renewed due to demanding a raise and the show being moved to the West Coast. DeSylva, Stephen W.
Ballantine and Lew Brown. The chorus was led by musical director Lyn Murray. Boone of Lexington, Kentucky. From the summer of to the start of summer of the first year of the Hit Parade television showthe stars of the TV show--Eileen Wilson, Snooky Lanson, and Dorothy Collins--also starred on the Hit Parade radio show.
Wilson had sung on the radio show since Beginning in the fall ofthe radio show and the TV show both aired on Saturdays; the radio program was heard from p. In the fall ofthe radio show moved to Thursday nights, and its personnel and format were changed.
Vocalists from Lombardo's orchestra sang on the new version of the radio show, which also featured a guest female vocalist each week; the guest vocalist was called the "Lucky Star of the Week. The success of the radio show spawned a spin-off series, Your All-Time Hit ParadeHappy Nation - Various - Hit Parade by Lucky Strike and devoted to all-time favorites and standards mixed with Menuet - Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Émile Waldteufel*, Jean Sibelius, Pyotr Ilyic current hits.
The program began on NBC February 12,airing Fridays at pm until June 2,and then Sundays at 7pm as a summer replacement for Jack Benny, continuing until September 24, Lyn Murray led the chorus, and the orchestra was Happy Nation - Various - Hit Parade by Mark Warnow. This minute show, airing weekdays at pm et on CBS, was a talent competition with little-known and unknown professional vocalists, backed by Al De Crescent on organ or Bill Wardell on piano.
The performers were judged by a trio of random housewives casting votes via long distance phone calls. Winners were booked into the Mocambo, Earl Carroll's or other night clubs. Produced by Bernard Schubert and directed by Harlan Dunning, this show also featured auctioneer Riggs. It went off the air March 4, Nichols, and produced, in its first years, by both Dan Lounsbery and Ted Fetter. Tony Charmoli won a Emmy for his choreography, and the show's other dance directors were Tom Hansen —58Peter Gennaro —59 and Ernie Flatt uncredited.
Paul Barnes won an Emmy in for his art direction. Inthe show won a Peabody Award "for consistent good taste, technical perfection and unerring choice of performers. The seven top-rated songs of the week were Ego Fum Papa - Kiss Thy Goat - Ego Fum Papa in elaborate TV production numbers requiring constant set and costume changes.
However, because the top songs sometimes stayed on the charts for many weeks, it was necessary to continually find ways of devising a new and different production number of the same song week after week.
After the show was revamped in Septemberthe top songs were reduced to five, while "extras" were increased. During this time, MacKenzie had her own hit record in with "Hard to Get" which climbed to the 5 ranking in June and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks.
All were performers of standards Happy Nation - Various - Hit Parade , show tunes or big band numbers. Featured prominently were the Hit Parade dancers and the Hit Paraders, the program's choral singers, who sang the opening commercial jingle composed by Raymond Scott :.
During the season Bob Fosse appeared as a guest dancer on several episodes, with partner Mary Ann Niles. From untilthe orchestra was led by well-known bandleader and musician Raymond Scott who married Dorothy Collins in ; the show's other music supervisors were Dick Jacobs —58 and Harry Sosnik — Your Hit Parade finished in the Nielsen ratings at 29 in the season, 30 in15 in and 23 in The show faded with the rise of rock and roll when the performance became more important than the song.
It is said that big band singer Snooky Lanson's weekly attempts to perform Elvis Presley 's " Hound Dog " hit in hastened the end of the series. While Your Hit Parade was unable to deal with the rock revolution, the show's Happy Nation - Various - Hit Parade production concepts had an obvious influence on the wave of music videos that began in the decade that followed. CBS also brought Underground - Men At Work - Business As Usual back for a brief summer revival in The version of Your Hit Parade also featured hit songs from a designated week in the s or s.
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