Updated:- June 22, 2007

1)

SUGAR HILL TIMES

Musical Variety Show, CBS
Sept 1949 : 3 one-hour shows
First called Uptown Jubilee, then Harlem Jubilee, and finally Sugar Hill Times
Oct 1949 : 2 half-hour shows 
Both under the Sugar Hill Times banner

Co-stars:

Willie Brant, Timmie Rogers, The Jubileers, Don Redman and His Orchestra

Belafonte:

A Regular on program. No record of songs performed.

Background:

Sugar Hill Times was one of network television’s first attempts at showcasing

black talent. All performers in the live weekly show were blacks.

Source:

"The Complete Directory to Primetime National & Cable TV, 

1946-Present, 6th Edition".

Notes:-

These 5 shows are presently lumped together as we have no program information.

2)

CAVALCADE OF STARS

 

Network:

 

 

 

 

Date:

Nov 16, 1951

 

 

 

Belafonte:

 

3) TOAST OF THE TOWN (THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW)
Category: Music Show
Network: CBS
Date: Oct 11, 1953
Belafonte sings: Scarlet Ribbons, Matilda
Background:
From 1948 until 1955, "The Ed Sullivan Show" was  known as
"Toast Of The Town." On Oct 11, 1953 Harry Belafonte made 
his very first  appearance on the show following the Tony Award 
for Almanac. He was sometimes referred  to as a "regular", and 
other times called a "most frequent guest." We have verified 5 
appearances (1953, '54, '55, '56 & '62). 

4)

THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN) 

Category:

Music Show

Network:

CBS

Date:

Sept 26, 1954
Belafonte sings: Hold 'Em Joe, Mark Twain
Outline: Belafonte's 2nd appearance.

5)

THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN) 

Category:

Music Show

Network:

CBS

Date:

April 24, 1955
Belafonte sings: Water Boy, Melba Massey (Lemme Go, Melda Marcy?)
Outline: Belafonte's 3rd appearance.

6)

THREE FOR TONIGHT

Category: Music and Dance Special
Network: NBC
Date: June 22, 1955
Producers: Paul Gregory & Charles Laughton

Staged, Directed:

Gower Champion

Arrangements:

Nathan Scott

Directed for TV:

Bill Colleran

Gowns:

Beatrice Carlisle

Lyrics, Spec Mtl:

Robert Wells

Set Designer:

Richard Jackson

Original Music:

Walter Schumann

Technical Director:

Hal Warner

TV Adaptation:

William Nichols

Lighting Director:

Sal Bonsignore

Conducted by:

Richard Pribor

Set Decorator:

Gene Callahan

Guitarist for Mr. B:

Millard Thomas

Costumes:

Bill Griffin

Co-stars:

Marge & Gower Champion, The Voices Of Walter Schumann

Belafonte sings:

Sylvie, Matilda, Noah, Take My Mother Home,

When The Saints Go Marching In (as old English madrigal and traditional)

Outline:

A selection of numbers from the Broadway musical play of the same name.

See "Theatre" for the complete Broadway show.

Duration:

60 minutes

7) THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR
  Network: NBC
  Date: Aug 21, 1955
  Belafonte:  

8) THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "HOLIDAY IN TRINIDAD"
Category: Music Show
Network: NBC
Date: Oct 2, 1955
Co-stars: Mel Allen, Martha Scott, The Dodgers Baseball Team
Belafonte sings: Banana Boat (Day-O), The Jack-Ass Song,

Come Back Liza, Hosanna

Update: See Guest Book entry for July 25, 2002.

9) THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR
  Network: NBC
  Date: Nov 20, 1955
  Belafonte:  

10)

WINNER BY DECISION

Category:
Venue: Filmed from "The General Electric Theatre"
Network: CBS
Date: Dec 1955
Director: William Attaway
Co-stars: Ethel Waters

Belafonte:

11)

THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW


Category:

Music Show

Network:

CBS

Date:

June 24, 1956

Belafonte sings:

Take My Mother Home, Jamaica Farewell

Special Occasion:

8th anniversary, Belafonte's 4th appearance.

12)

THE NAT KING COLE SHOW

Category: Music Show
Network: NBC
Date: Aug 6, 1957

Belafonte sings:

Did You Hear About Jerry?, Scarlet Ribbons

Island In The Sun (with Nat), Send For Me (with Nat, brief),

Mama Look At Boo-Boo (with Nat)

Sketches:

Straighten Up And Fly Right (Nat, intro only),

Swabbing the Deck (Nat & Harry - see photo),

Nature Boy (Nat, intro only),

Drama School Graduation (Nat & Harry),

Drum and Piano Set (Nat & Harry)

Background:

The "Nat King Cole Show" premiered in 1956 and went off the air in 1958.

Anthology Video:

The Nat King Cole Collection, Volume 3

Released in the Pal format by Castle Music Pictures in 1989 it brings 

together footage from shows that aired from 1956 to 1958. Fortunately it

takes in all of the Belafonte segments.

Other artists featured:

Nat King Cole, Johnny Mercer, Mahalia Jackson, Nelson Riddle,

Van Horne Singers, Cheerleaders

13)

THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW

 
Category: Music Show
Network: NBC
Date: Nov 9, 1958
Guests: Harry Belafonte, Johnny Carson, Martha Raye, Belafonte Singers
Martha Raye:  It’s A Good Day From Morning Til Night, My Funny Valentine
Johnny Carson: Poker game sketch - mimics Brett Maverick, Steve Allen, Ed Sullivan.
Raye, Don Knotts: Sketch
Belafonte:

Darling Cora, Hush Little Baby, Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

God Bless The Child – small combo including Millard Thomas on guitar
When The Saints Go Marching In – first as old English madrigal, then 
traditional, with Harry throwing in a little Louis Armstrong "gravelly" ...
just for good measure.
Outline: Belafonte is given a landmark 20 minute uninterrupted segment.

Background:

The "Steve Allen Show" ran from 1956 to 1961.

Anthology Video:

Man Smart appears on "Steve Allen's Golden Age Of Comedy" video.

It was released by Media Home Entertainment in 1987 and draws from film

footage for shows aired over the period from 1956 to 1961.

It features the following acts: Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Mel Brooks, 

Abbott and Costello, Jimmy Durante, Carl Reiner, Henry Fonda, Tony 

Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Knotts, John Byner, Bill Dana, Louis Nye, 

Tom Poston, Esther Williams, The Muppets

Synopsis:

Steve Allen's early shows captured all the wit and spontaneous hilarity of

live-broadcast TV. It's a laughter-filled look at the pioneering of the late-night

TV high jinks that blazed a path for such later comedy hits as Saturday

Night Live.

Runtime: 

49 minutes

14)

CHRISTMAS WITH BELAFONTE

Category:

Music Spectacular

Network:

BBC (U.K.)

Date:

Dec 24, 1958
Belafonte sings:

The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Silent Night, The Son Of Mary,

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, The Gifts They Gave,

Mary's Boy Child, Where The Little Jesus Sleeps,
A Star In The East, Christmas Is Coming,
Jehovah, The Lord Will Provide, Mary, Mary

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