The Vagabonds
(The Four Vagabonds)
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Elvis Presley (1st appearance) / Charles Laughton / Dorothy Sarnoff

First aired: 9/9/1956
Guest star: Elvis Presley (Himself), Amru Sani (Herself), The Vagabonds (Themselves), The Amin Brothers (Themselves) , Charles Laughton (Himself, guest host), Dorothy Sarnoff (Herself)
Global rating: 9.5

Elvis Presley (1st appearance) - "Don't be Cruel" (with the Jordanaires), "Love Me Tender," "Ready Teddy" and "Hound Dog."

--Charles Laughton (guest host) - reads limericks, poems & does stand-up comedy routine titled "Little Girl And Wolf" (about the sadistic side of Little Red Riding Hood).
--Dorothy Sarnoff - sings "Something Wonderful" (in a scene from the "King And I")
--Amru Sani (female singer from India wearing traditional Indian clothes) - "I'm In The Mood For Love" and "My Bolero"
--The Vagabonds (novelty quartet) - "The Queens Ruler," "I Wonder" & "How You Gonna Keep Em' Down on the Farm," followed by comedy routine.
--Conn And Mann (duo tap dances to "Tea For Two")
--Amin Brothers (acrobats)

Look Award winners: Sid Caesar; Edward R. Murrow; Walt Disney

First aired: 12/30/1956
Guest star: Sid Caesar (scheduled guest), Phil Silvers (scheduled guest), Rickie Layne (scheduled guest) , Perry Como (scheduled guest), Walt Disney (scheduled guest), Red Grange (scheduled guest), Garry Moore (scheduled guest), Edward R. Murrow (scheduled guest), Fulton J. Sheen (scheduled guest)
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Scheduled: --The Annual Look magazine TV awards including winners Sid Caesar, Perry Como, Walt Disney, Red Grange, Garry Moore, Edward R. Murrow, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and Phil Silvers.

Other scheduled guests:
--The Vagabonds (comedy singing group)
--LuAnn Simms (singer)
--Ernesto Lecuona (Cuban songwriter)
--Rickie Layne (ventriloquist, with his dummy Velvel)
--Piet Van Brecht (European comedy act)
--The Alcettys (novelty act)
--The Mills chimpanzees

Johnnie Ray / Walter Pidgeon / Sugar Ray Robinson

First aired: 5/5/1957
Guest star: Johnnie Ray (Himself), Sugar Ray Robinson (Himself), The Vagabonds (Themselves), Dewey 'Pigmeat' Markham (Himself) , Walter Pidgeon (Himself), Gene Fulmer (Himself), Ruth Mayyeson (Guest), James Melton (Himself)
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Guests: --Johnnie Ray - "All Of Me" and "Yes Tonight Josephine" --Johnnie Ray (later in show) - medley: "Cry," "Just Walking In The Rain" and "Should I Reveal?" --The Vagabonds (instrumental/comedy group) - "Lazy River" --James Melton (singer) - "Almost Like Being In Love" (with female violinists)

Other guests: --Boxers Sugar Ray Robinson and Gene Fulmer meet on stage. --Walter Pidgeon & Ruth Mayyeson - appear in scene from "The Happiest Millionaire" (Note: Ruth Mayyeson is listed as "Ruth Matteson" on the transcript.) --Walter Pidgeon joins Ed, Sugar Ray & Gene Fulmer on stage. They talk about Walter's boxing techniques. Then Ed interviews the boxers. -- Dewey Pigmeat Markham (comedian) - routine: Dewey & Shorty argue about mathematics. (Boy wonder Robert Strom who won $192,000 on "$64,000 Question" joins Pigmeat & Ed Sullivan in mathematics sketch) --Ballet performance choreographed by Nina Novak --Audience bows: Abba Eban; General Burnell; Governor Lane Dwynell; Dave Condon

Scheduled guests (not on transcript): --The Corps de Ballet of the ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, featuring Meredith Baylis and Eugene Slavin doing the "Czardas"

Lionel Hampton; Teresa Brewer; Jack Carter

First aired: 12/6/1959
Guest star: Lionel Hampton (scheduled guest), Teresa Brewer (scheduled guest), Jack Carter (scheduled guest), Wayne and Shuster (scheduled guests), The Vagabonds (scheduled guests) , Yehudi Menuhin (scheduled guest)
Global rating: 9.3

Scheduled guests: --Lionel Hampton (jazz musician) and his band --Teresa Brewer (singer) --Jack Carter (comedian) --Wayne and Shuster (comedy team) --Yehudi Menuhin (violinist) with his sister Hepzibah (pianist) --The Vagabonds (vocal-instrumental group) --The Coronados (vocal trio) --Atilina Segura (novelty act from Spain) --The Willers (roller-skating group) --The college football coach of the year

--Lionel Hampton (jazz musician) and his band
--Teresa Brewer (singer)
--Jack Carter (comedian)
--Wayne and Shuster (comedy team)
--Yehudi Menuhin (violinist) with his sister Hepzibah (pianist)
--The Vagabonds (vocal-instrumental group)
--The Coronados (vocal trio)
--Atilina Segura (novelty act from Spain)
--The Willers (roller-skating group)
--The college football coach of the year

James Cagney; Robert Montgomery; Jane Froman; Julie Wilson

First aired: 5/15/1960
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Director:
Guest star: The Vagabonds (scheduled guests), Julie Wilson (scheduled guest) , Robert Montgomery (scheduled guest), James Cagney (scheduled guest), Lorin Hollander (scheduled guest), Jane Froman (scheduled guest)
Global rating: 10.0

Scheduled guests: --James Cagney and Robert Montgomery - Ed interviews Cagney and Montgomery about their new movie based on the life story of Adm. William Halsey. --Jane Froman (singer) --Julie Wilson (singer) --The United States Naval Academy glee club --The American Legion Zouaves (drill team from Jackson, Michigan) --The Vagabonds (comedy-instrumental group) --Lorin Hollander (young concert pianist)
--James Cagney and Robert Montgomery - Ed interviews Cagney and Montgomery about their new movie based on the life story of Adm. William Halsey.
--Jane Froman (singer)
--Julie Wilson (singer)
--The United States Naval Academy glee club
--The American Legion Zouaves (drill team from Jackson, Michigan)
--The Vagabonds (comedy-instrumental group)
--Lorin Hollander (young concert pianist)

Sammy Davis Jr./ Stiller & Meara / JFK Library tour

First aired: 6/14/1964
Guest star: Sammy Davis Jr. (Himself), Jerry Stiller (Himself), Anne Meara (Herself), The Vagabonds (Themselves) , The Trio Hoganas (Themselves)
Global rating: 8.3

 

Guests:
--Sammy Davis Jr. - "My Kind of Town (Manhattan)," "Where Do I Belong?" "Gonna Build Me A Mountain" & "What Kind of Fool Am I"
--Stiller & Meara (comedy team)
--The Vagabonds - "It's a Good Day" & "Route 66"
--Trio Hoganas (high wire balance act)
--The Philippine Dance Company
--On film: a tour of the John F. Kennedy Library exhibit (then on display at the IBM Gallery in NYC)

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