Dick Stewart (TV host)

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Dick Stewart
Born (1927-02-11) February 11, 1927 (age 92)
OccupationMusician, author, television host
Years active1953–present
Known forThe 1st Host of "The Dream Girl of 1967 (December 19, 1966-June 23, 1967: ABC-TV)"
Spouse(s)
Anne Randall (m. 1967)

Dick Stewart (born February 11, 1927) is a former singer, bandleader, actor and television host. He is also an author. From 1959 to 1963, he hosted the popular televised music show, KPIX Dance Party.

Background[edit]

In addition to being a television show host, Stewart was a singer, and had led his own band. He was also an actor.[1] He was also a radio DJ for KFSO on Sundays with an hour show.[2]

Actor[edit]

Stewart had a few acting roles. One was as Everett in the 1953 film The Glass Web which was directed by Jack Arnold.[3] Other films include Good Morning, Miss Dove in 1955 and That's the Way of the World in 1975. He was the first host of the ABC-TV & Chuck Barris Game Show Beauty Pageant called The Dream Girl of 1967 from Monday December 19, 1966 to Friday June 23, 1967 except Bob Barker (Future Ex-Host of "The Price is Right" Guest Host for Monday-Friday June 12–16, 1967 for promoting Chuck Barris' New Game Show THE FAMILY GAME also on ABC-TV before Wink Martindale Hosted and his 2 Hostess are Beverly Adams (December 19–23, 1966) & Karen Valentine (December 26, 1966 – August 25, 1967.)

KPIX Dance Party[edit]

Stewart took over the show on February 23, 1959, filling the position of the previous host Ted Randall who had resigned. Stewart got the position after being the winner in a series of auditions which were broadcast live.[1] For the show Stewart would make his own choice and pick which records would be played. Usually about a dozen for days play list. Rather than have a computerized auto selection system picking the material, he said he would rather pick records that were wrong than be right dull. One of his aims was to give the youngsters a more exciting, literate type of music. He would occasionally slip in some big band type music such as Lionel Hampton or Henry Mancini. Sometimes he would play the flip sides of singles which had local viewers playing both sides of the record.[4]

He hosted the show from 1959 to 1963.

Singer[edit]

As a singer, he performed at venues like the Off Broadway.[5] In early 1962 he had a single out on the Penthouse label. It was "I Believe" bw "Without You". It was produced by George Motola.[6][7] Around 1963, he recorded "I'll Change", which was produced by Al Hazan. The song was possibly intended for release on the Ava label but was rejected.[8][9]

Discography[edit]

Singles
Title Release info Year Notes
"C'est La Guerre" / "Roses, Roses, Roses" HiFi Records R-503-45 1958 Credited to Dick Stewart and the Page Cavanaugh Trio
"I Believe" / "Without You" Penthouse 1000 1962 [10]
"I Believe" / "Without You" Ava C-117 1963 [10][11]
"The Summer's Over" / "Why Don't You Believe Me" Gold Span 923 1963 [10]
"The In-Between Years" / "Counting The Pieces" Ava C-132 1963 [12]
Albums
Title Release info Year F Notes
Dick Stewart Sings HiFi Records R-401 1957 LP [13]
Dick Stewart Sings Essential Media Group 2009 CD-R

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TV Jockey Profile". Billboard Music Week. March 20, 1961. p. 110. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ "Talent Topics–San Francisco". Billboard. February 9, 1963. p. 12. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ The Glass Web (1953 film) at the TCM Movie Database
  4. ^ "Coast Kids Not Dancing In Streets Over Bossa". Billboard. November 16, 1962. p. 36. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "Talent Topics". Billboard. September 21, 1963. p. 20. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ "I Believe" at Discogs
  7. ^ "Regional Breakouts: I Believe". Billboard. January 5, 1963. p. 1. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ "Sessions Produced by Al Hazan". Al Hazan. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Ruppli, Michel (1998). The MGM Labels. Greenwood Press. p. 361.
  10. ^ a b c Dick Stewart discography at Discogs
  11. ^ "Make Room at the Top!! Five Big Ones From MGM Are On Their Way Up!!!". Billboard. January 19, 1963. p. 39. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ "Dick Stewart Discography". 45Cat. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "New Releases–Popular LP's". Billboard. October 28, 1957. p. 10. ISSN 0006-2510.

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