The Bobby Vinton Show
|The Bobby Vinton Show|
|Created by||Chris Bearde|
|Directed by||Michael Steele|
|Presented by||Bobby Vinton|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Executive producer(s)||Alan Blye and Chris Bearde|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Chuck Barris Productions|
|Original release||September 9, 1975 – 1978|
The Bobby Vinton Show was a Canadian musical variety television series produced for the CTV Television Network between 1975 and 1978, with a total of 52 episodes broadcast. Featuring Bobby Vinton, a best-selling popular music singer since the early 1960s, the series mixed comedy skits with musical interludes. Appearing on the series as a regular was comedian Billy Van. The series often satirized Vinton's Polish heritage, and its theme song was an "umpah band" rendition of his 1974 song "My Melody of Love" (Vinton also ended each episode by performing the song himself). The series was created by Chris Bearde and packaged by Chuck Barris.
The series was syndicated to local stations in the United States, although the program's entry in the user-edited Internet Movie Database suggests it may also have been broadcast by CBS during 1975 (CBS did broadcast his one-hour special, Bobby Vinton's Rock N' Rollers, during 1978).
Guests appearing on the show included: Ethel Merman, Ted Knight, Barbara Walters, Phyllis Diller, O.J. Simpson, The Spinners, Donna Summer, Petula Clark, Laine Kazan, Foster Brooks, Anne Murray, Jessica Walter, John Byner, Arte Johnson, Loretta Swit, Tanya Tucker, Clifton Davis, Adrienne Barbeau, Charlie Callas, Hank Garcia and Henny Youngman.
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