Video of the Week: March 24, 2014


On this date in 1935, the godfather of all broadcast talent shows, Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour, moves from a New York show to national prominence with a new slot on the NBC radio network. The show moved to NBC’s television network in 1952, running on several networks until 1970.  The show is responsible for the first television appearance of many major performers, including Ann-Margret (in 1958), Irene Cara (in 1967) and Tanya Tucker (in 1969).  Probably the two most significant artists were Pat Boone and a seven-year old Gladys Knight, featured in the video above in her 1951 appearance.

Here’s Gladys along with the Pips performing two of her more popular hits…

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