When Variety Was King

When Variety Was King

Memoir of A TV Pioneer : Featuring Jackie Gleason, Sonny and Cher, Hee Haw, and More

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An anecdote-filled recollection of a bygone golden age He created Hee Haw, the number-one show on TV. He wrote and produced variety shows for Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. He invented the rock TV show Hullabaloo. He was the most popular producer of his time — a time when variety television was king. With his writing/producing partner John Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt developed dozens of TV shows but their career began on air in the initial days of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, alongside other talented newcomers like Norman Jewison and Arthur Hiller. Then came a call from New York to write for the Eydie Gorme/Steve Lawrence show in 1958, and quickly “A & P” became the most in-demand writing and producing team around. Peppiatt, a man who spent his life behind the scenes writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names, now recounts his own remarkable life story: a humble Canadian boy who grew up to create iconic American TV shows amid a cast of Hollywood celebrities. When Variety Was King captures the early days of TV with humour and spice.



Independent Publishing Group

Frank Peppiatt, the most popular producer during an era when variety television reigned supreme, recounts his own remarkable life story, with beginnings as a humble Canadian boy who eventually grew up to create iconic American TV shows using a cast of Hollywood celebrities. Spending their lives behind the scenes writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names, Peppiatt and his partner John Aylesworth developed the rock TV show Hullabaloo, which led to them getting a call from New York to write for the Eydie Gorme/Steve Lawrence show. From there, the duo—known as A & P—went on to become the most in-demand writing and producing team around. They created Hee Haw, the number-one show on TV, and Peppiatt wrote and produced variety shows for Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. This anecdote-filled memoir of a bygone golden age will enthrall anyone interested in the early days of television with stories full of humor and spice. This insider’s look at some of the medium's most iconic shows and personalities will please television fans, nostalgia buffs, and cultural historians alike.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781770411579
1770411577
9781770410299
1770410295
Branch Call Number: 791.4502 PEPPIATT
Characteristics: 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

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rufus_red4 Sep 12, 2015

A thoroughly enjoyable, though very light, memoir from the man who co created Hee Haw and worked on many of the most successful and ground breaking variety shows including The Judy Garland Show and Hullabulo. I'd of wanted for him to go into a little bit more description of the legends he worked with but it's a fast read and Mr. Peppiatt is very much of his time. I see he passed away in 2012, he seemed like a great guy.

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HopeButterfly
Jul 06, 2013

Not what I expected. To be fair though, if I didn't already have so many books on the go, I probably would have enjoyed this book a lot better.

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