THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET: Ricky the Drummer, April 10, 1957

Ricky Nelson had pleaded for months with his father Ozzie to let him sing on their television show. Ozzie Nelson, the famous bandleader leader in the swing era, was thoroughly knowledgeable of the music industry. Ultimately, he decided it was smart business to market the character Ricky Nelson as a rock and roll singer. With […]

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Producer’s Showcase, March 7, 1955

NBC chief Pat Weaver called them Spectaculars! These were lavish, big budget specials from the 1950s. Most were broadcast live and in color, and associated with select producers. Broadway star Mary Martin had just won her 4th Tony award, and Weaver spared no expense mounting Peter Pan. The Washington Post predicted it “to be the TV accomplishment […]

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