Best Of All

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


86866. Best Of All. June 14, 1954. Program #1. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of Vincent Youmans, starting with "Drums In My Heart." The first show of the series. Robert Merrill, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Elizabeth Doubleday (soprano), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director). 29:41. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86867. Best Of All. June 21, 1954. Program #2. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, starting with, "Manhattan." The program switches to a one-hour format next week. Jack Haskell, Elizabeth Doubleday, Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Fred Collins (announcer), Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director). 29:45. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

86868. Best Of All. June 28, 1954. Program #3. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, starting with, "Oklahmoma." The program is now one-hour in length. Donald Graham, The Textor Singers, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Clark Dennis, Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Sara Flemming, Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director). 59:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86869. Best Of All. July 5, 1954. Program #4. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of Cole Porter, starting with, "Rosalie." Sara Flemming, Jack Haskell, The Textor Singers, Sylvia Michaels, Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director), Donald Graham, Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 59:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86870. Best Of All. July 12, 1954. Program #5. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of George Gershwin, starting with, "Love Is Sweeping The Country." The program features the first radio performance of Gershwin's one-act operetta, "Blue Monday" (also called, "135th Street"). Donald Graham, Sylvia Michaels, The Textor Singers, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director), Artie Malvin, Keith Textor, Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Sara Flemming, Clyde Sickler. 59:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86871. Best Of All. July 19, 1954. Program #6. NBC net. Sustaining. Skitch points out that he missed a cue during the opening theme (it's hardly noticeable). The first selection is, "The Great Lover's Theme." An announcement is made that the program will be going off the air for the next eight weeks. Faye Emerson, Earl Wrightson, Sylvia Michaels, The Textor Singers, Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 59:43. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86872. Best Of All. September 27, 1954. Program #7. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to Jerome Kern and "Brigadoon," with portions of the film's soundtrack. The first tune is, "They Didn't Believe Me." Clark Dennis, Elizabeth Doubleday, Gene Kelly, Earl Wrightson, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Roy Shield and His Orchestra, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson, Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director). 59:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86873. Best Of All. October 4, 1954. Program #8. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of Irving Berlin. The first tune is, "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Irving recalls the lower east side and promotes his new picture, "White Christmas." Rosemary Clooney, Polly Bergen, The Textor Singers, Irving Berlin, Jack Haskell, Sylvia Michaels, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Bing Crosby. 59:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86460. Best Of All. October 11, 1954. Program #9. NBC net. Sustaining. 8:30 P.M. A salute to Judy Garland, who is "returning" tonight to New York's Paramount Theatre, for the premier of, "A Star Is Born." The first tune is, "If You Feel Like Singing, Sing." Jinx Falkenburg reports from the lobby of the theatre. She chats with celebrities and Judy Garland. Judy says, "The Palace isn't far away from here, you know." She advises her daughter Liza to stay away from show business until she finishes school. Milton Berle muses about his show business failures. Elsa Maxwell seems obsessed (and pleased) that Judy doesn't flaunt sex. From the film soundtrack, Judy sings, "Gotta Have Me Go With You." The first 28:59 of the program only. Kenneth Banghart (host), Skitch Henderson (music director), Clark Dennis, Sylvia Michaels, Judy Garland, Jinx Falkenburg, Keith Textor, The Textor Singers, Kitty Carlisle, Moss Hart, Milton Berle, Johnny Ray, Georgia Gibbs, Elsa Maxwell, Sid Luft (briefly), Sara Flemming, Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director). 59:47. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86876. Best Of All. October 18, 1954. Program #10. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of David Rose, and other composers. The first tune is, "Manhattan Square Dance." Parker Gibbs (director), Sylvia Michaels, The Textor Singers, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Robert Cenedella (continuity). 59:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86877. Best Of All. October 25, 1954. Program #11. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to American musical comedies, starting with, "Love Is Sweeping The Country." Annamary Dickey, Jack Haskell, Sylvia Michaels, The Textor Singers, Robert Cenedella (continuity), Parker Gibbs (director), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 59:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86878. Best Of All. November 1, 1954. Program #12. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the new movie, "Carmen Jones." The first selection is the overture from the motion picture. Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Preminger, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Marilyn Horne, Laverne Hutchinson, Robert Cenedella (continuity), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Parker Gibbs (director). 59:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86879. Best Of All. November 8, 1954. Program #13. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to, "Fanny," starting with, "Restless Heart." Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Harold Rome, Florence Henderson, Ezio Pinza, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Earl Wrightson, Clark Dennis, Elizabeth Doubleday, Sylvia Michaels, Keith Textor, Bill Tabbard, Robert Cenedella (continuity), George Voutsas (director). 59:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86880. Best Of All. November 15, 1954. Program #14. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to, "The Last Time I Saw Paris," starting with, "That's What Makes Paris Paree." George Voutsas (director), Robert Cenedella (continuity), Bob Carroll, Jacqueline Francois, The Textor Singers, Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Odette Myrtil (billed as "Odette"), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 59:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86881. Best Of All. November 22, 1954. Program #15. NBC net. Sustaining. The first tune is, "Who Cares?" Annamary Dickey, Clark Dennis, Art Small (continuity), Sylvia Michaels, The Textor Singers, Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), George Voutsas (director). 59:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86882. Best Of All. November 29, 1954. Program #16. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to Sigmund Romberg and his new film biography, "Deep In My Heart." Recordings from the soundtrack of the film and interviews with some of the cast. Skitch Henderson (host), Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Jose Ferrer (guest), Helen Traubel (guest), Rosemary Clooney, Jane Powell, Vic Damone, Gene Kelly, Fred Kelly, Ann Miller, Tony Martin, Howard Keel, William Aldis, George Voutsas (director). 59:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86883. Best Of All. December 6, 1954. Program #17. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to ASCAP on its fortieth anniversary. The first tune is a 4000 year old Chinese melody! The Textor Singers, Richard Rodgers, Otto Harbach, John Golden, Irving Berlin, Eddie Fisher, Radcliff Hall (announcer), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Shirley Harmer. 58:46. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

86884. Best Of All. December 13, 1954. Program #18. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the new film, "There's No Business Like Show Business," starting with the tune of the same name. Excerpts from the film soundtrack are played. Skitch Henderson (host), Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey (guest), Irving Berlin (guest), Mitzi Gaynor, Donald O'Connor, Johnny Ray, Gene Hamilton (announcer), George Voutsas (director). 43:18. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

86885. Best Of All. December 20, 1954. Program #19. NBC net. Sustaining. A program of Christmas music and a reading by Bing Crosby of, "The Small One." Shannon Bolin, Jack Haskell, The Textor Singers, Radcliff Hall (announcer), Charles Tazewell (author), Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Bing Crosby. 43:53. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

86886. Best Of All. December 27, 1954. Program #20. NBC net. Sustaining. A program of the best of, "The Best Of All." Highlights from programs of the past year. Gershwin's "Blue Monday," heard on radio for the first time during the program of July 12, 1954 (see cat. #86870), is repeated. Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Sara Flemming, Donald Graham, Keith Textor, Sylvia Michaels, Lou Anderson, Bob Bollinger, George Voutsas (director), Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 44:47. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86887. Best Of All. January 3, 1955. Program #21. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of Victor Herbert, starting with, "I Want What I Want When I Want It." Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Annamary Dickey, Thomas Haywood, Earl Wrightson, George Voutsas (director). 44:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86888. Best Of All. January 10, 1955. Program #22. NBC net. Sustaining. A tribute to Rudolph Friml, starting with, "Rose Marie." No mention is made of Skitch Henderson's absence. Roy Shield and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Annamary Dickey, Clark Dennis, Earl Wrightson, George Voutsas (director). 44:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86889. Best Of All. January 17, 1955. Program #23. NBC net. Sustaining. The music of Eddie Sauter and Bill Finegan, starting with, "Moonlight On The Ganges." The music of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra is recorded. Skitch Henderson (host), Eddie Sauter (guest), Bill Finegan (guest), Kenneth Banghart (announcer). 44:49. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86890. Best Of All. January 24, 1955. Program #24. NBC net. Sustaining. The music of Gian Carlo Menotti, starting with, "The Hello Aria," from "The Telephone." Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Gian Carlo Menotti (guest), Evelyn Lear, Cornell McNeil (?), Gloria Lane, Jean Grant, Virginia Copeland, Andrew McKinley, Parker Gibbs (director). 48:27. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

86891. Best Of All. January 31, 1955. Program #25. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the music of Jerome Kern, starting with, "Just The Way You Look Tonight." Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Mimi Benzell, Robert Merrill, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Thomas Hayward. 43:28. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

86892. Best Of All. February 7, 1955. Program #26. NBC net. Sustaining. The salute to the newly opened film, "Cinerama Holiday." Lowell Thomas explains what Cinerama is. Excerpts from the sound track are played. Lowell Thomas, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), Louis de Rochemont, Morton Gould, The Cinerama Orchestra, John Marsh, Betty Marsh, Fred Troeller, Beatrice Troeller, Jack Shaidlin (conductor), Ben Grauer, George Voutsas (director). 44:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86893. Best Of All. February 14, 1955. Program #27. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to, "The National Asociation Of Negro Musicians" during "National Negro History Week." Skitch Henderson (conductor), The NBC Concert Orchestra, Marian Anderson, Fred Thomas, Grace Bumbry (contralto, the second time her name is said, it's pronounced "Dumbry), Rosco Polen (? president of The National Association Of Negro Musicians"), Lillian Scott (pianist). 43:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86894. Best Of All. February 21, 1955. Program #28. NBC net. Sustaining. The first selection is a medley of songs by Irving Berlin. Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Annamary Dickey, Clark Dennis, Earl Wrightson, George Voutsas (producer), Bill Rippe (announcer). 44:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86895. Best Of All. February 28, 1955. Program #29. NBC net. Sustaining. The first tune is, " A preview of an album by Henry Rene; "Passion In Pink." Musical impressions of famous paintings. Ben Grauer (host), Emily Jenour (? art critic of The New York Herald Tribune), Robert Bigar (former music critic of The New York World Telegram), Henry Rene and His Orchestra (by recording), Parker Gibbs (director). 44:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86896. Best Of All. March 7, 1955. Program #30. NBC net. Sustaining. The music of "Hit The Deck" is featured. The first tune is, "Hallelujah." Excerpts from the sound track are played. Howard Reig (announcer), Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Joseph Pasternak, Kay Armen (host), George Voutsas (director). 44:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86897. Best Of All. March 14, 1955. Program #31. NBC net. Sustaining. The music of "Plain and Fancy" is featured. Music from the original cast album. Kenneth Banghart (host), James Gardiner (co-producer), Richard Derr, Shirl Conway, George Voutsas (producer), David Daniels, Gloria Marlowe, Barbara Cook, Doug Rogers, Nancy Andrews. 44:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86898. Best Of All. March 21, 1955. Program #32. NBC net. Sustaining. The music of spring on the first day of the season. The first tune is, "Portrait Of A Flirt." Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Kay Armen, David Ross, Jack Haskell, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), George Voutsas (director). 44:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86899. Best Of All. March 28, 1955. Program #33. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to the new film, "The Seven Little Foys." Music from the original soundtrack album is heard. Bob Hope (guest, from Hollywood), Eddie Foy Jr. (guest), Kenneth Banghart (host), Parker Gibbs (producer). 44:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86900. Best Of All. April 18, 1955. Program #34. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to "A Television Star," the host of "Tonight," Steve Allen. The first tune is, "Cuevas Hidonis." Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Kenneth Banghart (announcer), George Voutsas (director). 44:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86901. Best Of All. April 25, 1955. Program #35. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to Lionel Barrymore's music on his birth date. The first tune is, "Fantasy Of Love," written by Barrymore. A scene from the sound track of, "Camille" is heard. Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Elizabeth Doubleday, Greta Garbo (by recording), Lionel Barrymore (by recording), Kenneth Banghart (host), George Voutsas (director). 29:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86902. Best Of All. May 2, 1955. Program #36. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to "Fifty Years Of Operatic Singing," with music from the RCA Victor album. The first selection is a 1906 recording of Adelina Patti. The program is announced as the last of the series (although therfe was another broadcast on May 9, 1955, see cat. #86901). Irving Kolodin (host). 44:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

86903. Best Of All. May 9, 1955. Program #37. NBC net. Sustaining. A salute to, "National Music Week." The first selection is "a short overture by Don Gillis." The closing announcement invites listeners to tune in again next week, despite last week's program being announced as the last in the series. Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra, Van Cliburn, Karen Tuttle (viola), Harold Feldman (oboe), Bidu Sayao (by recording), Bill Rippe (announcer), George Voutsas (director). 44:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 37 programs.