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Alan Freed on "To Tell The Truth" - 1957

Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:41 am

A couple of days ago, I posted a topic on Leiber & Stoller appearing as unknowns in national US TV in 1958, and I mentioned a similar video with Alan Freed.

Here it is.

This is from the "To Tell The Truth" TV Show (CBS). It was originally aired on March 5, 1957.

From Wikipedia :

To Tell the Truth is an American television panel game show created by Bob Stewart and produced by Goodson-Todman Productions that has aired in various forms since 1956 both on networks and in syndication. Along with The Price Is Right, Let's Make a Deal, The Newlywed Game, and Jeopardy!, it is one of five game shows in the United States to have aired at least one new episode in at least six consecutive decades. A total of 25 seasons of the various versions of To Tell The Truth have been produced, tying that of What's My Line? and surpassing the 20 of I've Got a Secret.

The show features a panel of four celebrities attempting to correctly identify a described contestant who has an unusual occupation or experience. This central character is accompanied by two impostors who pretend to be the central character. The celebrity panelists question the three contestants; the impostors are allowed to lie but the central character is sworn "to tell the truth". After questioning, the panel attempts to identify which of the three challengers is telling the truth and is thus the central character.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Tell_the_Truth

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Most of what I said about the L&S video could be said here. Here's Alan Freed, the most important disc-jockey in rock and roll, appearing on national US TV in 1957, at the very height of the rock and roll craze, as a complete unknown for most of the audience, not to mention the know-it-alls in the studio.

It's really embarrassing to watch mediocre singer and actress Polly Bergen ask one of the fake-Freeds : "Don't you feel a little guilty sometimes ?". The guy is surprised : "About what ?". Bergen strikes back, playing smart-gal : "About bringing about this whole terrible thing".

Among the other panelists is journalist Hy Gardner (sounds familiar ?), also playing smart-guy trying to spell Tchaikovsky's surname. We're in BIG company here, y'all ! Also, for some unknown reason, Gardner asks one of the fake-Freeds, "Where did Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, get his commission, what branch of the Army ?".

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it !

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In case you missed it, this is the above mentioned topic on Leiber & Stoller :

** Leiber & Stoller on "What's My Line?" - 1958 : viewtopic.php?f=65&t=79514

Re: Alan Freed on "To Tell The Truth" - 1957

Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:56 am

Any unscoped radio broadcasts complete with full songs nothing cut?

Re: Alan Freed on "To Tell The Truth" - 1957

Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:47 pm

Thanks Mister moon

Re: Alan Freed on "To Tell The Truth" - 1957

Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:34 pm

ritchie valens wrote:Any unscoped radio broadcasts complete with full songs nothing cut?


There are a lot of records containing Alan Freed radio broadcasts and / or live recordings from his shows, but most of them, I'm afraid, are edited. One of my favorites is one of several issued by Silhouette Music in the 80s, "Alan Freed / ...And This Is Rock'n'Roll" (SM 10016):

http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/alan_freed/___and_this_is_rock_n_roll/

More information here :

http://rateyourmusic.com/label/silhouette_music

http://www.alanfreed.com/wp/archives/archives-rocknroll-1951-1959/records-lps/

And here's some audio :

http://www.alanfreed.com/wp/on-the-air-audio-2/

Re: Alan Freed on "To Tell The Truth" - 1957

Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:34 pm

keninlincs wrote:Thanks Mister moon


You're welcome, keninlincs.

You have a very nice avatar photo !

Re: Alan Freed on "To Tell The Truth" - 1957

Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:25 pm

Mister Moon wrote:
keninlincs wrote:Thanks Mister moon


You're welcome, keninlincs.

You have a very nice avatar photo !

Thanks

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Re: Alan Freed on "To Tell The Truth" - 1957

Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:21 am

Wonder if unscoped broadcasts exist in the radio and tv museum?Someone should piece the songs back into the broadcasts if it can be done.