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Major Bowes and the Original Amateur Hour

Celebrity Performers

The 75 names listed below are potential celebrity performers. The list is in no way complete and has been compiled based on pre-existing flags in the collection and independent research. Names that are listed as “unconfirmed” should be seriously researched. While the Library of Congress holds a more or less complete set of Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour broadcasts, the Ted Mack collection is more limited. It is possible to independently confirm dozens of celebrity performances during the Ted Mack years, but only those few that are actually held by the Library have been listed here.

Alexander, John. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/13/1939. [unconfirmed].

actor, Arsenic and Old Lace, Fancy Pants

Anthony, Charles. aka Charles Anthony Caruso. Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. 3/2/1950. [unconfirmed].

operatic tenor, most performances (2,958) with the Met Opera

Benzell, Mimi. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 11/21/1940. [confirmed].

Metropolitan Opera singer, Ed Sullivan Show, To Tell the Truth panelist

Birch, Sammy. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 11/11/1937. [confirmed].

actor, The Honeymooners, The Jackie Gleason Show

Bishop, Adelaide. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/31/1940. [unconfirmed].

New York City Opera, Broadway, vocal instructor, vocal director, TV : Griffelkin 1955

Breen, Bobby. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 7/13/1944. [unconfirmed].

child star, vaudevillian, RKO Pictures, The Eddie Cantor Show

Brewer, Teresa. aka Theresa Breuer. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/20/1938. [confirmed].

pop singer, 6 Top 5 Billboard singles, over 600 recordings

Bullman, Morton. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 8/20/1942. [unconfirmed].

recording artist, worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong

Calm Callas. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Caiola, Al.  Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 11/4/1943. [confirmed].

guitarist, recording artist, worked with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett

Callas, Maria. aka Nina Foresti. aka Anita Duval. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/7/1935. [unconfirmed]. (Pictured at right)

opera singer, best-selling classical musician

Carpenter, Thelma. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 8/5/1937. [unconfirmed].

Broadway : Hello Dolly, Pippin, The Wiz, radio: Eddie Cantor Show, recording artist

Carter, Jack. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3/27/1941. [unconfirmed].

stand-up comedian, TV: Cavalcade of Stars, Jack Carter Show, Broadway: Mr. Wonderful

Chase, Rhoda. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/27/1935. [confirmed].

nightclub singer, USO singer, radio performer

Clark Sisters. aka The Sentimentalists. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 2/12/1942. [confirmed].

singers, recording artists

Clements, Stanley. aka Stosh Clements. aka Stash Clements. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 6/3/1937, 4/21/1938, 6/3/1939, 1/25/1940, 7/10/1941. [confirmed].

East Side Kids, Bowery Boys, Going My Way, vaudeville, television

Collins, Dorothy. aka Marjorie Chandler. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3/21/1940. [confirmed].

recording artist, TV : Your Hit Parade, Candid Camera, Broadway : Follies, Lucky Strike

Denning, Wade. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 7/20/1944. [confirmed].

composer, arranger, recording artist, Charlie Barnet Orchestra, advertising jingle: Maxwell Coffee Pot

DiGirolamo, Orlando. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3/25/1943. [confirmed].

jazz accordionist, recording artist, composer

Farrar, Eugenia. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/6/1939. [confirmed].

singer, first voice heard over radio in 1907 Lee De Forest experiment

Fields, Irving. aka Irving Schwartz. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/19/1936. [unconfirmed].

pianist, composer, recording artist, nightclub performer, Ilona Massey Show

Fontaine, Frank. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3/30/1934. [confirmed].

The Jackie Gleason Show, The Jack Benny Show, The Tonight Show

Foxx, Redd. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 7/27/1939. [confirmed].

comedian, recording artist, TV: Sanford and Son

Francis, Connie. aka Concetta Franconero. Ted Mack Amateur Hour 12/15/1949. [confirmed]

singer, recording artist, Top 40 Billboard 7 times

Gaillard, Slim. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/12/1936. [unconfirmed].

recording artist, jazz musician, composer : “Down By the Station,” Hellzapoppin', Birdland

Guerrero, Lalo. Los Carlistos. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 5/18/1939. [confirmed].

singer, guitarist, recording artist, activist

Gunty, Morty. Ted Mack Amateur Hour 11/17/1948 and 12/15/1949. [confirmed].

comedian, actor, TV : That Girl, The Ed Sullivan Show, film: Broadway Danny Rose

Hambro, Leonid. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/22/1942 and 4/29/1943. [confirmed].

concert pianist, composer, WQXR New York, recording artist

Harrison, Wesley. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3/18/1943. [confirmed].

“Mr. Sound Effects,” comedian, voice actor

Hinton, Sam. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 2/18/1937. [confirmed].

folk singer, recording artist, marine biologist

Hobin, Bill. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 9/19/1940. [unconfirmed].

director : Three's Company, Maude, Red Skelton Hour, TV specials

Irwin, Stan. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/23/1941. [unconfirmed].

Producer: Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Kaye, Stubby. aka Stubby Kay. Ted Mack  Amateur Hour 2/16/1950. [unconfirmed].

Broadway : Guys and Dolls, Li’l Abner, The Cool Mikado, TV : Love and Marriage, My Sister Eileen

Kelly, Paula. aka Paula Dickinson. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 6/15/1944. [confirmed].

Singer, recording artist, The Modernaires, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra

Winners in the annual award of the Original Amateur Hours Left to right: Nancy Cirillo, 16, (second prize), Gladys Knight, 8, (first prize) and Helen Hess, 35, (third prize). New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Kelley, Norman. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/16/1941. [confirmed].

opera singer, Metropolitan Opera, Broadway

Knight, Gladys. Ted Mack Amateur Hour 5/8/1952, 6/12/192, 6/26/1952 and 7/3/1952. [confirmed]. (Pictured at 8 years old with Original Amateur Hour trophy, center of photograph at right)

singer, recording artist

Kordae, Pearl. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/29/1936. [confirmed].

Vaudeville, singer, dancer

Lawrence, Eddie. aka Lawrence Eisler. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 5/6/1937, 6/30/1938, 5/4/1939, 1/25/1940 and 5/21/1942. confirmed].

Comedian – “The Old Philosopher,” film: The Wild Party, The Night They Raided Minsky’s

Lehrer, Murray. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/2/1941. [unconfirmed].

recording artist

Liberace, George. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 8/3/1934. [unconfirmed].

pianist, TV performer, business partner of brother Walter Liberace

Lund, Art. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 12/23/1943. [unconfirmed].

recording artist, Billboard #1, gold album, Broadway: The Most Happy Fella

Macchiaverna, Joseph. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 9/30/1943. [confirmed].

violinist, Las Vegas restauranteur, professional poker player

MacWatters, Virginia. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 2/4/1937. [confirmed].

coloratura soprano, Broadway : Rosalinda, New York City Opera

Malone, Ray. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/29/1937 and 7/13/1944. [confirmed].

dancer, TV : Ed Sullivan Show, Garry Moore Show, Dagmar's Canteen, Cavalcade of Stars

Manna, Charles. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/23/1942. [confirmed].

stand-up comedian, Ed Sullivan Show, Garry Moore Show, Tonight Show, record : Manna Overboard

Mozart, Mickey. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/16/1941. [confirmed].

composer, harpist, “Shangri-La,” “Ebb Tide,”Solfeggio” - Ernie Kovacs Nairobi Trio Theme

Opera stars Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill deliver an aria at topping-out ceremonies for the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center... New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Mearns, Harvey I. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3/31/1935. [confirmed].

recording artist, organ player

Merrill, Robert. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 2/3/1944. [unconfirmed]. (Pictured at right with Leontyne Price in 1964)

tenor, Metropolitan Opera

Mills, Harry. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 12/30/1943. [unconfirmed].

recording artist, The Mills Brothers

Mimoso, Veronica. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 5/19/1935 and 2/10/1944. [confirmed].

concert pianist, composer, “wonder child,” international tour at age 3, 2000 piano pieces by memory

Mizzy, Vic.  Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 6/29/1944. [confirmed].

composer : Addams Family Theme, Green Acres Theme, movie soundtracks, 1930s pop music

Montenegro, Hugo. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour  4/6/1944 and 10/26/1944. [confirmed].

electronic musician, composer I Dream of Jeannie theme music, cover of Morricone's theme from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Moreno, Buddy. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 8/17/1944. [unconfirmed].

band leader, pop singer : The Buddy Moreno Orchestra

Newman, Phyllis. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/18/1940. [unconfirmed].

Tony Award, child star, television, film

Osterwold, Margaret. aka Bibi Osterwald. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/27/1938 [confirmed].

Broadway: 42nd Street, Hello Dolly, TV : Three's Company, Newhart, St. Elsewhere 

Oswald, Virginia. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3/6/1941 [unconfirmed].

Broadway: Oklahoma!, Brigadoon

Paris, Jackie. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/19/1939. [confirmed].

recording artist, jazz singer, guitarist, tap dancer, child vaudevillian

Parks, Bert. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/1/1937. [confirmed].

Host, Miss American Pageant 1955-79, various game shows

Parrish, Robert. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 5/17/1936. [unconfirmed].

child actor : Our Gang shorts, City Lights, Academy Award for Film Editing 1947

Payne, Sonny. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 4/20/1939. [unconfirmed].

jazz drummer

Phelps-Hall, Julie. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 3 /4/1937. [confirmed].

nightclub singer, wife of Martin Revson of Revlon Corporation

Randolph, John. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 2/16/1936. [unconfirmed].

Hollywood blacklist, 1987 Tony Award, Broadway : The Sound of Music, Film : Prizzi's Honor

Raymond, Sid. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 11/3/1935, 12/22/1938 and 3/9/1944. [confirmed].

voice actor (Baby Huey, Heckle and Jeckle, Katnip the Cat), radio actor Duffy's Tavern

Resnik, Regina. aka Regina Resnick. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 11/25/1937, 12/23/1937, 12/28/1939 and 3/2/1944. [confirmed].

opera singer, recording artist, Broadway, director

Ribla, Gertrude. aka Gertrude Ribler. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 9/22/1935. [confirmed].

opera singer

Rosselli, Jimmy. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 9/21/1944. [confirmed].

pop singer, recording artist

Frank Sinatra (right) was a member of 'The Hoboken Four' when the quartet appeared on the 'Original Amateur Hour.' The late Major Bowes was then emcee of the long-running program. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Rowan Summers, Andrew. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/20/1938. [confirmed].

dulcimer player, recording artist

Sills, Beverly. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 10/26/1939 and 6/26/1941. [confirmed].

opera singer, recording artist

Sinatra, Frank. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 9/8/1935 and 12/3/1936. [confirmed]. (Pictured with Bowes and the Hoboken Four, on the far right of photograph at right)

singer, recording artist, actor

Smith, Faye Elizabeth. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 7/25/1940. [unconfirmed].

Broadway : Brigadoon

Smith, Muriel. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 9/22/1938 and 4/27/1944. [confirmed].

singer, recording artist, Broadway, film

Stabile, Dick. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 6/3/1943. [confirmed].

bandleader, recording artist, jazz saxophonist

Storch, Larry. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 5/1/1941 and 10/14/1943. [confirmed].

character actor – TV, film, Broadway, voice actor

Vale, Jerry. Ted Mack Amateur Hour 1/4/1951. [confirmed].

pop singer, recording artist

West, Bernie. aka Rovinsky, Isadore. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 11/25/1943. [confirmed]

Emmy Award winning writer: All In the Family, The Jeffersons, Three's Company

Winchell, Paul. Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour 1/20/1938. [confirmed].

ventriloquist, Disney and Hanna-Barbera voice actor, inventor of the artificial heart


List compiled by Recorded Sound Section 2013 Junior Fellow Laura LaPlaca.