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Old 07-16-2013, 08:05 PM
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In the 70s, everybody had their own variety show. Let's list 'em.

This thread got me to thinking. In the 70s, it seemed like everybody had a variety show on TV. The networks were handing them out like candy. Hell, I'm pretty sure I had a variety show for a couple of episodes.

Anyway, let's see if we can come up with a list of all the celebrities (often B-and C-listers) who hosted variety shows in the 70s. (60s and 80s bleed-over is OK.)

I'll start with The Jim Stafford Show, hosted by Jim Stafford, best known for a handful of novelty hits ("Spiders and Snakes," "Wildwood Weed," e.g.)

Others?
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Jim Stafford started as a regular guest on another show, though - what was it? Carol Burnett? Flip Wilson? (to sneakily list two others).
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Maybe I'm checking the thread earlier enough to pick some low-hanging fruit, but I personally remember seeing Donny and Marie Osmond, and The Captain and Tennille. Also The Muppet Show.
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The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
The Pat Paulsen Half-a-Comedy Hour
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Show
The Red Skelton Show
The Jackie Gleason Show
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:18 PM
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Maybe I'm checking the thread earlier enough to pick some low-hanging fruit, but I personally remember seeing Donny and Marie Osmond, and The Captain and Tennille. Also The Muppet Show.
These are the three I remember watching.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:25 PM
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Tony Orlando and Dawn, probably the signature 70s show other than Donnie and Marie.

The horribly derivative Pink Lady and Jeff, which I'd forgotten until it was mentioned in the other thread.

Bobby Vinton? Was he the one that sang some opening or closing signature song in Polish? "Blah-blah-blah means that I Love You So?"

And who closed out the show with a line or two from "Tie a Yellow Ribbon"?

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Old 07-16-2013, 08:28 PM
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Okay let's go to the lesser known ones:
Keane Brothers (11 year olds famous for, uh, being 11)
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis (from the Fifth Dimension)
Starlight Vocal Band
Manhattan Transfer
Gladys Knight
Most of these were summer replacement shows. Wonder why the networks liked variety shows in that season.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:29 PM
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Bill Cosby (most people forget he had a variety show among his many others. Groucho Marx was a guest!)

Flip Wilson

Sonny and Cher
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:32 PM
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Rowan and Martin (Laugh In)

The Smothers Brothers

Dean Martin
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:32 PM
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Here are two variety shows (forgot their actual show names). One great, one best left in the vaults:

1975 [B]Manhatten Transfer[B]

1976 Starland Vocal Band

I watched MT's show when it first aired back in 1975. Great stuff almost entirely consisting of the quartet's singing. I avoided SVB show like the plague.

(btw, i'm a "longtime listener, first time caller". this is my first post. hope it was done correctly.)
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:33 PM
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Most of these were summer replacement shows. Wonder why the networks liked variety shows in that season.
Cheap and fast to produce.

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Sonny and Cher
Can't think how I missed them in my first list.
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This Is Tom Jones ran from 1969 - 1971.
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Andy Williams
Dean Martin
Jim Nabors
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btw, i'm a "longtime listener, first time caller". this is my first post. hope it was done correctly.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:44 PM
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The Rosemary Clooney Show
The Nat King Cole Show
The Kraft Music Hall
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:46 PM
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Howard Cosell actually hosted the "first" Saturday Night Live, which was on ABC. It was a completely different show from the NBC icon, which came shortly afterwards.
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I don't know if I never saw it, or just repressed it, but The Brady Bunch Hour. From Wikipedia, it seems to have been a show where the Bradys had a variety show, so it was kind of meta, but had the variety show skits, so i think it counts.

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I'm sure that no one will be surprised that Wikipedia has a list of American variety shows although they're not all from the 1970s. (Remember The Don Knotts Show? I didn't, but then I was about five when it aired in 1970-71.)
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I watched and enjoyed The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show on Saturday mornings in the mid-seventies, though I can only remember one bit (and truth be told, I can't absolutely guarantee it was actually from that show - the seventies are a bit of a blur):

The Hudsons are singing a pseudo-Latin love song, with Brett (or whoever was the "zany" one) directly singing to a hot Latina with his brothers as backup:

Brett: I like your eyes.
Backup: I like your eyes.
Brett: I like your lips.
Backup: I like your lips.
Brett: Would you like my teeth? [shows her one of those novelty clacking-teeth toys, she walks away in disgust, he shrugs and puts the teeth back in his pocket, sings the rest of the song with his brothers]
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I'm sure that no one will be surprised that Wikipedia has a list of American variety shows although they're not all from the 1970s. (Remember The Don Knotts Show? I didn't, but then I was about five when it aired in 1970-71.)
Why can't people resist cheating in these threads? Remember back when people used to remember things?

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I watched and enjoyed The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show on Saturday mornings in the mid-seventies, though I can only remember one bit (and truth be told, I can't absolutely guarantee it was actually from that show - the seventies are a bit of a blur):
My almost 50-year-old daughter still plays her Hudson Brothers records, and Friended one of them on FB awhile back. Their show was a lot of fun.

I remember watching these "name" variety shows but won't swear it was in the 70's:

Smothers Brothers
Sonny & Cher
Johnny Cash
Dean Martin
Jimmy Dean
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I watched and enjoyed The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show on Saturday mornings in the mid-seventies, though I can only remember one bit (and truth be told, I can't absolutely guarantee it was actually from that show - the seventies are a bit of a blur):

The Hudsons are singing a pseudo-Latin love song, with Brett (or whoever was the "zany" one) directly singing to a hot Latina with his brothers as backup:

Brett: I like your eyes.
Backup: I like your eyes.
Brett: I like your lips.
Backup: I like your lips.
Brett: Would you like my teeth? [shows her one of those novelty clacking-teeth toys, she walks away in disgust, he shrugs and puts the teeth back in his pocket, sings the rest of the song with his brothers]
Ah, and the guy with the attack emu puppet! Loved it!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:16 PM
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Remember The Jacksons variety show?
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The Barbara Mandrell show with all of her sisters. Corny but we loved it.
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Shields and Yarnell

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Old 07-16-2013, 09:26 PM
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The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine
The Jimmy Dean Show (which gave Jim Henson his start)
The Richard Pryor Show
Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca; writers Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner
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I watched and enjoyed The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show on Saturday mornings in the mid-seventies...
Do they count as two since they had the Saturday morning show, and an evening hour at one point?
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Tom Jones was on ABC Friday nights from 8:00 to 9:00, CT, just before The Avengers came on. This had to be well before 1969, since I used to hurry home on my bike each week to watch them in the summertime.

My favorite variety show in the late '60s and early '70s was Dean Martin's. Loved him, loved his guests, loved the Golddiggers. The clips from his show on YouTube still send me into hysterics!

Jimmy Dean? My God, he was on when I was in third grade, well before the '70s.

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Cher
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Tony Orlando and Dawn, probably the signature 70s show other than Donnie and Marie.

The horribly derivative Pink Lady and Jeff, which I'd forgotten until it was mentioned in the other thread.

Bobby Vinton? Was he the one that sang some opening or closing signature song in Polish? "Blah-blah-blah means that I Love You So?"

And who closed out the show with a line or two from "Tie a Yellow Ribbon"?
That was your aforementioned Tony Orlando and Dawn.
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The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour!
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Ah, and the guy with the attack emu puppet! Loved it!
Ah, the emu... totally forgot about that.
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Sonny and Cher
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Cher
Not to mention the Sonny Comedy Review.
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Speaking of Saturday morning variety shows, there was also the Bay City Rollers Show.
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Howard Cosell actually hosted the "first" Saturday Night Live, which was on ABC. It was a completely different show from the NBC icon, which came shortly afterwards.
I remember my babysitter insisted on watching an episode of it (while she was sitting us one Saturday night) because Howard was hyping an appearance by "Chicago", which was her favorite band. Finally, late in the show, it turned out it was actually a number by the cast of the Broadway musical. Man, was my babysitter pissed.

From what I remember, it was a lot like (and probably was meant to be a lot like) the Ed Sullivan Show.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:15 PM
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The Jimmy Dean Show (which gave Jim Henson his start)
Was that where I first saw The Mighty Favahd (sp?) sketches? Those were hysterical.
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Was that where I first saw The Mighty Favahd (sp?) sketches? Those were hysterical.
The Mighty Favog was on the first season of SNL—which early in its run had more of the feel of a classic variety show than what it later evolved into.
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The Original Amateur Hour (1948 - 1970) just cause it did it early.

Hee Haw (1969 -1970) Buck Owens and Roy Clark.
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I vaguely remember the Orlando Music Show, with the guy who voiced Carlton ( your doorman)
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I remember watching a show with Mac Davis, but I don't know why.
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I remember watching a show with Mac Davis, but I don't know why.
Mac Davis! I had repressed that one!
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Mary with Mary Tyler Moore only lasted three episodes in 1978. It was revamped as The Marty Tyler Moore Hour, which was a variety show within a sitcom: Mary played Mary McKinnon, star of the variety show, and the show would have McKinnon doing sketches and musical numbers.

Dick van Dyke was a guest star at one point, and they commented how much Mary McKinnon looked like the woman who played his wife in his sitcom, and did a couple of sketches with Rob and Laura. At the end, McKinnon said how she nearly got a role on The Dick van Dyke Show, but at the last minute, Rose Marie got the part.
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Ah, and the guy with the attack emu puppet!
That was Rod Hull.

Britain had a lot of variety shows as well (like magician David Nixon, and singer Paul Squire), as did most other countries like Australia and New Zealand.
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I remember watching a show with Mac Davis, but I don't know why.
Why he had a show? He had a couple hit songs and a good agent.

Why you were watching? Maybe you wanted to see the guest star; maybe you just felt like watching some TV, and, hey, there weren't that many channels.
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That was Rod Hull.

Britain had a lot of variety shows as well (like magician David Nixon, and singer Paul Squire), as did most other countries like Australia and New Zealand.
I learned a lot from watching Mr. Hull, and now, in my grandfather years, having hand puppets attack me seldom fails to produce laughs from the younger crowd.
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Dolly Parton had a syndicated variety show that was successful in the '70s. She had a network variety show in the '80s that tanked immediately.
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Bobby Goldsboro also had a country variety show in the '70s that I remember watching mainly for the dog puppet.

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That was Rod Hull.
I watched a documentary about him recently. At his height he owned (and was largely financially ruined by) a centuries old mansion, which I thought was amazing for an act that was essentially always the same. He supposedly hated Emu in his later years.

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Bobby Vinton? Was he the one that sang some opening or closing signature song in Polish? "Blah-blah-blah means that I Love You So?"
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