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Before Idol, there was The Original Amateur Hour

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2006 6:22PM
Original Amateur HourYes, believe it or not, shows like American Idol and Star Search were not the first to showcase amateur talent from across the country. Premiering in 1948, a show titled The Original Amateur Hour launched the careers of people such as Pat Boone, Robert Klein, Connie Francis and Ann-Margret (even a young Frank Sinatra sang on the radio version of the show!). The New York Times reviews the new DVD set and declares it hit and miss.

The thing I hate about the review is the assertion by the writer that the only people who will enjoy this are people in their 90s. Um...huh? I think it can enjoyed by people who like this time of music/comedy, whether you're 30 or 90. She says the show is "TV for the very old." What a lame thing to say.

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Arggghh...New York Times Review! I am 63 and YES, I was listening and watching 'Amateur Hour' in its prime w/ my family!
Actually, it was more fair than Idol..lots of talented people could just 'do their thing' (as gr8 or as zzz's as it might be..lol) and no complete idiots like WWW.VOTEFORTHEWORST.COM could ruin it for the fans! Discovering new talent is enjoyed by all ages!!
Thanks for another good reason NOT to read the rag, New York Times! lol

March 19 2006 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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