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|Stop the Music|
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Stop the Music was introduced on radio in 1948, where it was an overnight sensation. The following year ABC brought it to TV, complete with Bert Parks and Harry Salter's orchestra, and it was a major hit there. It continued on radio as well.
The format was a mixture of musical entertainment and quiz. Bert, a cast of regular singers, and the orchestra would perform parts of songs, which contestants from the audience would be asked to identify for cash prizes. Viewers at home could get into the act by sending in official entry blanks with their names and phone numbers. Three lovely operators on stage would begin placing calls as Bert crooned a tune, and as soon as a connection was made, someone would yell, "Stop the music!" The home viewer would then be given a chance to identify the tune. It could be worth knowing, too, as correct answer might be worth a jackpot of $20,000 or more. Mink coats and trips to Paris were also frequent prizes.
Various modifications in the basic format took place from time to time, such as a "mystery medley" and a competition between a contestant in the studio and a viewer at home on the telephone. There was also a good deal of turnover among vocalists on the show, with Betty Ann Grove having the longest run. Guest singers also appeared, and there were segments with straight musical entertainment and comedy sketches and interviews.
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|Last Airing||Jun 14, 1956|
|Premiere||May 5, 1949|
|Format/Time||Black & White / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Betty Ann Grove....
Betty Ann Grove
Harry Salter.... Orchestra conductor
Estelle Loring.... Vocalist (1949-1950)
Jimmy Blaine.... Vocalist
June Valli.... Vocalist (1952)
Jaye P. Morgan.... Vocalist (1954-1955)
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