The Billy Daniels Show (musical variety)

    (ABC Primetime, 1952)

    [The 1950s may have been a "Classic" period of television music,
     remembered fondly by many; but socially it was a backward time;
     for those entertainers who were not white there was a struggle
     for acceptance in television that seemed to take longer than 
     in other entertainment mediums such as night clubs, vaudeville, 
     Broadway musical theatre or even radio;

     The first network TV variety show hosted by an African American
     was this short-lived series by the energetic entertainer Billy
     Daniels; the brave effort was a 15 minute show on Sunday nights
     which only lasted half a season (13 weeks) but it was historic;

     Four years later the recording star Nat "King" Cole was to 
     be given a half-hour NBC series that lasted 64 weeks, but 
     Madison Avenue advertisers failed to show interest and the 
     network couldn't justify continuing to air it without revenues...]

Theme: "That Old Black Magic" from the 1942 film "Star Spangled Rhythm"

    [THEME verified as seen on excerpt broadcast on the "TVLand"
     cable network 2/24/2002; The THEME which was introduced in
     the film by Johnny Johnston, was Billy Daniels signature song...]

     Composers: music by Harold Arlen (ASCAP)
                        [professional name of Hyman Arluck], and
                lyric by Johnny Mercer (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP)
                        of Los Angeles, CA

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