Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The Bell Telephone Hour originally aired on NBC between October 1959 and April 1968. A music program conceived and produced along the lines of ABC's Lawrence Welk Show (aka 'Toast of the Town'), Bell featured the best names in Hollywood, Nashville, and Broadway musical performance delivering songs in a vast range of musical styles (excising rock). Frequent guests included Mahalia Jackson, Robert Goulet, The Kingston Trio, Carol Lawrence, and Ray Bolger. The various volumes in the Bell Telephone Hour series of home releases feature highlights from the program of the title, with each volume collecting and presenting back-to-back the musical performances of a Bell Telephone Hour regular. Dolores Gray: Bell Telephone Hour Appearances, 1959-65 does the same for Gray. Though not as well known as many of her contemporaries, Gray demonstrated fine vocal gifts and tremendous versatility, carving out a name for herself in stage and film musicals, and in her frequent radio, nightclub, and television spots. Per its title, this release features performances that span Gray's entire tenure on the show, from 1959 through '65.