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Kraft Music Hall

The Kraft Music Hall was a popular variety program, featuring top show business entertainers, which aired on NBC radio and television from 1933 to 1971.

The Kraft Program debuted June 26, 1933 as a musical-variety program featuring orchestra leader Paul Whiteman and served to supplement print advertising and in-store displays promoting Kraft products. During its first year the show went through a series of name changes, including Kraft Musical Revue, until it finally settled on Kraft Music Hall in 1934. Paul Whiteman remained the host until December 6, 1935. Ford Bond was the announcer.

Billed as “The King of Jazz”, Paul Whiteman was arguably America’s first popular music superstar. Whiteman’s foresight regarding the coming of the jazz age and his decisions to hire the best jazz musicians was a powerful boost for jazz, swing and blues. Though he was prohibited from hiring black performers, he hired arrangers and composers.

Bing Crosby took over as master of ceremonies January 2, 1936. Crosby was the longest-running Kraft Music Hall host, from 1936 through 1946. His casual style and humorous easy-going banter made the show tops with the young “country club” set.

Episode Title [Total of: 107]CategoryRating
1 - Kraft Music Hall - Andrews Sisters
Episode date: 1945-1-25
Variety
2 - Kraft Music Hall - Bambalina
Episode date: 1933-12-14
Variety
3 - Kraft Music Hall - Barbara Jo Allen
Episode date: 1948-4-8
Variety
4 - Kraft Music Hall - Bert Lahr
Episode date: 1943-3-25
Variety
5 - Kraft Music Hall - Bing Crosby
Episode date: 1948-1-15
Variety
6 - Kraft Music Hall - Bob Hope 1
Episode date: 1944-4-13
Variety
7 - Kraft Music Hall - Bob Hope 2
Episode date: 1944-6-15
Variety
8 - Kraft Music Hall - Boris Karloff
Episode date: 1947-12-25
Variety
9 - Kraft Music Hall - Burl Ives, Les Paul
Episode date: 1947-4-21
Variety
10 - Kraft Music Hall - Cary Grant
Episode date: 1948-3-4
Variety

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