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WILLSON-NESBITT SUMMER SHOW
ALSO KNOWN AS
THE JOHNSON WAX PROGRAM

 Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show

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"The Johnson Was Program present Brilliant Conductor/Composer Meredith Willson and MGM's Noted young Commentator Star, John Nesbitt", Tuesday nights on NBC during the summer of 1942.

Meredith WillsonThe 1941-42 season of Fibber McGee and Molly ended with the McGees packing for vacation. Harlow Wilcox and the Johnson Wax Company were not about to let us spend the summer forgetting the wonders of Johnson's Wax, Johnson's CarNu, or Johnson's Glo-Coat. With Fibber and Molly out of town they turned Willson and Nesbitt.

Meredith Willson is best known for writing the classic American musical, The Music Man, which gave us such classic tunes as "Seventy Six Trombones", "Gary, Indiana", and "Till There Was You." Willson had been part of John Philip Sousa's Band during the 1920's, and became a music director in radio during the 30's. He was nominated two academy awards for the scores of The Great Dictator(1940) and Little Foxes(1941).

John Nesbitt was an actor, narrator, announcer, producer and screenwriter from Vancouver B.C. He claimed that his father had left him a trunk full of newspaper clippings and strange stories. These would become the basis for his program Headlines of the Past, John Nesbittwhich would evolve into John Nesbitt's Passing Parade, premiering in 1937. MGM produced a series of short films featuring Nesbitt's Passing Parade stories from 1938 through 1949. The films were re-edited for television syndication, and eventually shown in their original from on Turner Classic Movies.

The Summer Program of 1942 was the result of discussions between long time friends Willson and Nesbitt. "For several years Meredith Willson and I have been discussing just such a program" explains Nesbitt, "No formality, no fanfare, no hoopla, just as if you were having a musical party in your own home, heaven help you…" The music is layered around one of Nesbitt's stories. In reflection of the war effort, the story will have a patriotic theme, and the music will be full of Joy.

This collection is also part of the John Nesbitt Collection. Fans of Fibber McGee and Molly will be gratified to hear Harlow Wilcox staying gainfully employed…

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
11 shows - total playtime 5 hours 20 minutes

Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420630 01 Passing Parade
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420707 02
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420714 03
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420721 04
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420728 05
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420804 06
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420811 07 Wings On High
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420818 08 Yankee Doodle Dandy March
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420901 10 Manhattan Beach March
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420908 11
Willson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420922 12 A Letter To Adolf Hitler

 


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