A Hatful of Music

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A Hatful of Music
Genre musical variety
Presented by Ernie Prentice
Starring Bob Switzer
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Producer(s) Jim Winter
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBC Television
Original release 24 July – 25 September 1960

A Hatful of Music was a Canadian musical variety television series which aired on CBC Television in 1960.


The series was a mid-year substitute for The Joan Fairfax Show, presenting several styles of popular music including jazz, folk and Broadway. Ernie Prentice hosted the series, while Bob Switzer was its announcer. Ricky Hyslop directed the programme's band while Pat Trudell led the show's chorus.

Lorraine Foreman, Tommy Vickers with dancers Sherrill Morton, Peggy Rae Norman, and Mitch Hrushwy regularly performed on the series. Guests included Eleanor Collins, Dolores Claman, The Coronados, Phil Ford, The Four Lads, Tom Hill, Mimi Hines, Susan Johnston, Juliette, Jan Rubes, Bud Spencer and Heather Thomson.


The series was produced by Jim Winter in Vancouver and recorded before a live audience.[1]


The half-hour series aired Sundays at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern).


  1. ^ Corcelli, John (May 2005). "A Hatful of Music". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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