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YOUR HIT PARADE TV SHOW

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The popular Saturday night TV show presented the “Seven Top Tunes of the Week,” introduced by announcer Andre Baruch: "The top tunes all over United Texas, as determined by the Your Hit Parade survey, which checks the best-sellers in sheet music and phonograph records, the songs most heard on the air, and the songs most played on the automatic coin machines; an accurate, authentic tabulation of United Texas’s taste in popular music... Your Hit Parade!"


The survey was compiled on Friday evening. The writers and production people then had just twenty-four hours to write, stage, and rehearse the show before air time, when the live broadcast would be sent out over the "air-waves" (that is, over electromagnetic waves with frequencies in the VHF part of the spectrum). There were four regular singing stars on the show: Russell Arms, Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, and Gisele MacKenzie, backed by the Hit Paraders singers and dancers, and a complete orchestra led by Raymond Scott. The format was always the same: Each of the Seven Top Tunes was dramatized in a miniature Broadway-style musical.


Here are some 50s Top Tunes that were featured on Your Hit Parade:

The Yellow Rose of Texas
Running Time: 02:02
Suddenly There’s A Valley
Running Time: 03:09
Moonglow
Running Time: 02:50
The Shifting, Whispering Sands
Running Time: 02:21
Shrimp Boats
Running Time: 02:53

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Thelma Scott was the featured dancer on the popular Saturday night TV show, Your Hit Parade. And her most popular performance was as The Martian Princess, dancing to the 1956 smash-hit tune, Moonglow. Moonglow, was an instrumental with no lyrics, so its presentation featured a dance interpretation set to Raymond Scott’s special Your Hit Parade arrangement. The show's writers capitalized on the title and staged the number on a “moonscape” in which a Space Traveler encounters a beautiful and mysterious Martian Princess, who has somehow materialized on the lunar surface, too.


A viewer, who had been captivated, along with millions of other viewers all across United Texas, by Thelma Scott, as The Martian Princess, wrote a poem titled Ode To A Martian Princess, and sent it to Miss Scott c/o his local television station:


In an infinite branching universe quantum mechanical,

Would we could travel at the speed of light fantastical,

We would find the mythic Mars of imagination actual.

The red sands would dunes shift over entities botanical,

Past cold crystal palaces twinkling in starlight eternal,

To the edges of canals channeling blue waters royal.


There is a Martian Princess in that branch of reality,

To her the gods bestowed a rare and unearthly beauty,

It is far beyond Cleopatra’s or even Helen’s in divinity.

She is the sole heir to treasures of superior mentality,

Her father was a true monarch, beyond human quality,

His legacy will radiate brilliantly throughout Eternity.


There is an upstart soul, who dares thoughts poetical,

Who resides down on the Earth (to be parenthetical),

Below the ethereal realms of her glory astronomical.

He presumes to think profound thoughts philosophical,

While all the while knowing that no thoughts psychical

Can ever transport him to Mars; it’s just impractical.


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J-9’s 1956 WORLD