Name That Tune (1953–1959)

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The original version of the popular and long-running quiz show, hosted by Red Butler. Contestants competed to see who had the more comprehensive knowledge of popular songs by trying to be ... See full summary »

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Norman 'Red' Benson ...
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1953-1954)
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The original version of the popular and long-running quiz show, hosted by Red Butler. Contestants competed to see who had the more comprehensive knowledge of popular songs by trying to be the first to identify pieces of music. Additional challenges included contestants bidding to see who could "name that tune" in as few notes as possible. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A blast from the past
9 February 2008 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

Benny Reynolds was a champion rodeo cowboy with a goofy manner who appeared on this show "in the late 50's" according to Wikipedia. There is a mention that he is currently second in the standing for best "All-Around Cowboy" and, per prorodeo.org, Benny finished 3rd in 1958 and 6th in 1959. Name that Tune, an apparently rather innocent victim of the quiz show scandals, went off the air in 1959 as producers turned to other types of programming, so I assume that this episode, which appears on the "Classic Television" DVD available on PBS, is probably from 1958. The show was the simplest of concepts. Two contestants sit in chairs on one side of the studio and listen to a clip of music. When they remember the name of the tune they get up and race to the other end of the studio and pull a rope that rings a bell. If they get there first and name the tune correctly, they win some money. Amazingly, Bennie does not seem any quicker than his much shorter rival, a young English woman visiting the states. She seems fascinated by him and one wonders if a romance was developing. But it may be all for the camera. Later a couple of precocious children come on and are interviewed, (saying things that sound a bit too clever to be spontaneous) and sing a song. There's more talk than music and it's the personalities that carry the show, not unlike "You Bet Your Life". Host George Dewitt is no Groucho Marx but he's pleasant enough, as is the show.


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