Best known as the original host of The Hollywood Squares, Peter Marshall’s career in entertainment spans the worlds of big band music, Broadway musicals, comedy, movies, live performances, and radio. Early in his career Peter partnered with comedian Tommy Noonan, appearing in major nightclubs, films and theatres across the country, as well as numerous times on The Ed Sullivan Show, while his stage credits include the London production of Bye Bye Birdie and the Broadway production of Skyscraper with Julie Harris and Charles Nelson Reilly.
Today Peter is heard every day on the Music of Your Life radio network, where he plays the music of the Big Band era and draws on his vast knowledge of The Great American Songbook and the artists of that era. We’ll talk to him about his background in music, as well as ask a few questions about his movie career, stage work, and his years on The Hollywood Squares. Peter Marshall will join us in our second hour.
Joining us in our first hour will be Bruce Jenkins, award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and the author of such books as Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins. Though he grew up in a house surrounded by music and musicians ― his father, Gordon Jenkins, was a composer and arranger who worked with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash and (most notably) Frank Sinatra, while his mother, Beverly Mahr, was a blues singer known for such iconic songs as “Crescent City Blues” ― Bruce became drawn to R&B music as a youngster in 1960 after first hearing “Shop Around” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
Bruce’s latest book, Shop Around: Growing Up with Motown in a Sinatra Household, is a musical memoir that not only provides the back story of “Shop Around” and the early days of Motown Records, but shares Bruce’s own personal story about his lifelong passion for the music from the Motown era, and how that led to lasting friendships with the likes of Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News, and Emilio Castillo and Steve “Doc” Kupka of Tower of Power. Shop Around is the second volume in the “Music That Changed My Life” series published by Wellstone Books, a series of short books that reminds us of the many ways in which music brings us together. Bruce Jenkins will join us in our first hour.
For our listeners in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bruce Jenkins will be appearing at Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Avenue in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 10 beginning at 7:30pm.
Also on this week’s program: Carl Glass will join us as we pay tribute to Noel Neill, the actress known to three generations of Adventures of Superman fans, and the first actress ever to play Lois Lane on film. For many years, Carl was the publisher of Glass House Presents, a website dedicated to preserving the memory of actor George Reeves. As a result of Glass House Presents, as well as his active involvement in several other Superman projects, Carl met Noel Neill, and remained good friends with her until she died. Carl Glass will also join us in our first hour.
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