Old Time Music and Variety Shows

Early music and variety shows broadcast on Australian TV, featuring both local and international guest stars.

Roy Acuff’s “Open House” – Part 2

“Open House” was the first Australian-produced TV show made for overseas. In 1959 Roy Acuff “The King of Country Music” toured Australia with the “Grand Ole’ Opry” company which had started 29 years earlier in America as a commercial radio show in Nashville, Tennessee. Featuring both American and Australian performers “Open House” was produced by Marketing Services (Aust.) and TCN-9 Sydney while Roy Acuff was on tour. Continue Reading →

Roy Acuff’s “Open House” – Part 1

“Open House” was the first Australian-produced TV show made for overseas. In 1959 Roy Acuff “The King of Country Music” toured Australia with the “Grand Ole’ Opry” company which had started 29 years earlier in America as a commercial radio show in Nashville, Tennessee. Featuring both American and Australian performers “Open House” was produced by Marketing Services (Aust.) and TCN-9 Sydney while Roy Acuff was on tour. Continue Reading →

Jack Benny in Australia, March 1964

The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades America. Jack Benny had been a familiar figure in Australia since the mid-to-late 1930s with his radio show, and after a successful tour of Sydney and Melbourne he made a special program, filmed at the The Theatre Royal in Sydney, for ATN-7 in March 1964. Continue Reading →

The Grahame Kennedy Show – 19 February 1960

Following the success of ‘In Melbourne Tonight’ hosted by Graham Kennedy, from 1960, a Friday night national broadcast based on the same theme aired under the title The Graham Kennedy Show (later The Graham Kennedy Channel Nine Show). This episode includes: Graham Kennedy, comedian Joff Ellen, singer Peggy Hayama, clown Don Saunders, dancer/singer Arthur Duncan, vocal group The Starr Sisters, singer Elaine McKenna, singer Johnny Rohan, hostess Panda Lisner, actress Rosie Sturgess and Bert Newton. Continue Reading →

In Melbourne Tonight New Year’s Special, 29 December 1961

In Melbourne Tonight, also known as “IMT”, was a highly popular nightly Logie award-winning variety television show produced at GTV-9 Melbourne from 6 May 1957 to 1970. Most episodes of this series are lost, and surviving editions are usually incomplete such as this episode. This particular episode departs from a typical broadcast as Grahame Kennedy, Bert Newton and other regulars play a News Years Eve joke by having the dancers sing, the announcer play the violin, etc. Continue Reading →