Music Hop

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Music Hop
Genre music
Presented by Alex Trebek (1963-1964)
Dave Mickie (1964-1967)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
Production
Producer(s) Stan Jacobson (1963-1964)
Allan Angus
Pierre Desjardins
Ray McConnell
Manny Pitson
Ain Soodor
Release
Original network CBC Television
Original release 3 October 1963 – 28 June 1967

Music Hop is a Canadian music television series which aired on CBC Television from 1963 to 1967.

Premise[edit]

Pop and rock music was featured in this series for youth, essentially a Canadian version of American Bandstand.[1]

Production[edit]

The first season (1963–1964) was a Toronto production with host Alex Trebek who welcomed visiting musicians and introduced songs from the house musicians before a studio audience of dancing teenagers. He was replaced in following seasons by Dave Mickie, a disc jockey for CKEY in that time. Series musicians were Norm Amadio and the Rhythm Rockers, joined by The Girlfriends who were a female vocal trio. The producer of this season was Stan Jacobson.

The second season's schedule expanded to all weekdays with other Canadian cities contributing to the production of Music Hop:

  • Mondays: Let's Go originated from Vancouver with producer Ain Soodor
  • Tuesdays: Jeunesse Oblige originated from Montreal with producer Pierre Desjardins
  • Wednesdays: Hootenanny originated from Winnipeg with producer Ray McConnell
  • Thursdays: Music Hop originated from Toronto with producer Allan Angus
  • Fridays: Frank's Bandstand originated from Halifax with producer Manny Pitson

Scheduling[edit]

The first season of this half-hour series was broadcast Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) from its debut 3 October 1963. In the following two seasons, it was seen every weekday, also at 5:30 p.m., since 28 September 1964. In its final season, the Friday episode was omitted from 3 October 1966 until its final broadcast on 28 June 1967.

Reception[edit]

Music Hop attracted approximately one million weekly viewers according to CBC estimates, mostly under age 20, with an estimated one-third of those viewers adults.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corcelli, John (April 2002). "Music Hop". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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