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Happy Gang

The Happy Gang was a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio lunchtime variety show that ran from 1937 to 1959. The show began on CRCT, a CBC affiliate in Toronto, moved to the CBC network four months later, and ran for 22 years, totalling nearly 4900 broadcasts.

The series also served as the template for CBC's French language service, Les Joyeux Troubadours, which was broadcast in Quebec from 1941 to 1977.

In 1937, CBC Regional Program Director George Taggart was given the assignment to come up with a Monday-through-Friday half-hour variety program that would fill the period 1.00 to 1.30 PM E.S.T. His tight budget permitted only four musicians. To “lead the band”, and as Master of Ceremonies, Taggart’s choice was Bert Pearl. His fellow musicians were trumpeter Robert (Bob) Farnon, violinist Blain Mathe and organist Kathleen (Kay) Stokes. Herb May, who served his apprenticeship with CBO Ottawa and had been moved to Toronto, became the show’s first regular announcer. George Temple was appointed producer. Singer-accordionist Eddie Allen joined in 1938 and remained with the Gang for the remainder of their history, along with Mathé and Stokes.

Episode Title [Total of: 10]CategoryRating
1 - Happy Gang - Christmas Show First Half
Episode date: N/A
Canadian Radio
2 - Happy Gang - Ep.1
Episode date: 1945-2-16
Canadian Radio
3 - Happy Gang - Ep.2
Episode date: 1945-2-21
Canadian Radio
4 - Happy Gang - Ep.3
Episode date: 1949-3-8
Canadian Radio
5 - Happy Gang - Ep.4
Episode date: 1956-4-13
Canadian Radio
6 - Happy Gang - From Royal Winter Fair No End
Episode date: N/A
Canadian Radio
7 - Happy Gang - Music From Their Shows
Episode date: N/A
Canadian Radio
8 - Happy Gang - No Opening, 5 Minutes Of Clicks
Episode date: 1945-2-23
Canadian Radio
9 - Happy Gang - Title Unknown
Episode date: 1947-11-19
Canadian Radio
10 - Happy Gang - Tribute To Cbk
Episode date: 1939-7-29
Canadian Radio

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