Arthur Godfrey and His Friends

January 12, 1949 - April 28, 1959
CBS Musical Variety Program

Host:
Arthur Godfrey


Announcer:
Tony Marvin

Substitute Hosts:
Robert Q. Lewis
Herb Shriner

Regulars:
Pat Boone, The McGuire Sisters, Marion Marlowe,
Janette Davis, Julius LaRosa, Johnny Nash, Allen Case,
Lu Ann Simms, Frank Parker, Bill Lawrence, The Mariners,
Haleloke, Carmel Quinn, Stan Noonan, The Chordettes,
Tony Marvin, The Toppers, Miyoshi Umeki,
and The Frank Westbrook Dancers.

Orchestra:
Archie Bleyer (1949-1954)
Jerry Bresler (1954-1955)
Will Roland (1955-1957)
Bernie Green (1958-1959)

Both Arthur Godfrey and His Friends and its companion
show, Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, shot to the top
of the TV ratings and stayed there for several years.
Part of the appeal was in Godfrey's repertory company
of singers, all of them good clean kids who had been
lifted out of obscurity by Godfrey (he never hired an
established performer as a regualr). But mostly it was
"the old redhead" himself that the viewers adored.
The show itself was a variety hour built
around Godfrey and his "Friends."







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