- Musical Chairs (1955 TV series)
Musical Chairs was a short-lived NBC game show that ran from July 9 to September 17, 1955; The host was Bill Leyden and the series featured voice actor Mel Blanc, composer Johnny Mercer, and orchestra leader Bobby Troup as regular panelists.
Troup's band, the Troup Group, provided the music for the series, often with the assistance of the Cheerleaders singing group or members of the panel itself.
The show was a Summer replacement series on NBC after a successful two-year run in Los Angeles.
The program followed a format that was pioneered by the long-running radio program Information Please (which itself became a Summer replacement TV series for CBS in 1952). Viewers were encouraged to mail questions about music to the network in an attempt to challenge the knowledge of a four-person panel (the three regular panelists plus a guest). The questions that Leyden read on the air to the panel could involve any aspect of music, from composing to performing to words, music, and arrangement. Individual panelists may be called to imitate the singing or playing style of well-known performers.
No score was kept in Musical Chairs as the panelists were not in competition with each other (in fact, collaborations between panelists were not uncommon); Viewers who submitted questions that stumped the panel were awarded 21-inch televisions from RCA, the parent company of NBC at the time.
Musical Chairs disappeared from the airwaves after the airing of its eleventh episode on September 17. Host Bill Leyden moved on from his first television network series to the game show that established him as a household name in America for the latter half of the 1950s: It Could Be You.
Only one episode is known to exist - Episode #6 (August 13), featuring Helen O'Connell as a guest panelist.
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present (2003) ISBN 0-345-45542-6
- TV Guide Guide to TV 2006 (2006) ISBN 0-7607-7572-9
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Musical Chairs (1975 TV series) — This article is about the 1975 CBS TV game show Musical Chairs. For the 1955 NBC game show of the same name hosted by Bill Leyden, see Musical Chairs (1955 TV series). Musical Chairs Title card for the 1975 Musical Chairs … Wikipedia
Musical chairs (disambiguation) — Musical chairs is a children s game. Musical Chairs may also refer to: Musical Chairs (1955 TV series), a 1955 NBC game show hosted by Bill Leyden Musical Chairs (1975 TV series), a 1975 CBS game show hosted by Adam Wade Musical Chairs (Sammy… … Wikipedia
1955 in television — The year 1955 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television related events in 1955. TOC Events*January 22 Ozark Jubilee debuts on ABC, the frst national country music program and the first national television… … Wikipedia
Список американских телепрограмм по дате начала показа — Содержание 1 2010 е 1.1 2011 1.1.1 Январь 1.1.2 Февраль … Википедия
Bill Leyden — (died March 11, 1970) was a television game show host and announcer who emceed aix game shows, including It Could Be You (1956 62), Your First Impression (1962 64), and You re Putting Me On (1969). In addition, he hosted movies on KTTV, and in… … Wikipedia
performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical. The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains … Universalium
The Honeymooners — For the 2005 film, see The Honeymooners (film). The Honeymooners Title screen Genre Sitcom Directed by … Wikipedia
List of African-American firsts — see also|List of first African American mayors for most mayor listings African Americans are a demographic minority in the United States. African Americans initial achievements in various fields historically establish a foothold, providing a… … Wikipedia
1975 in television — The year 1975 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television related events in 1975. For the American TV schedule, see: 1975 76 American network television schedule. Events*January 6 Another World became the first… … Wikipedia
Bobby Troup — Infobox musical artist Name = Bobby Troup Img capt = Img size = Background = solo singer Birth name = Alias = Born = birth date|1918|10|18|mf=y Location = flagicon|USA Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. Died = death date and age|1999|02|07|1918|10|18 … Wikipedia