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Music Scene 

"Music Scene" was presented by ABC TV in a 45 minute format, Monday evenings 7:30-8:15, a unique time slot that pitted it against CBS' "Gunsmoke" at 7:30PM and NBCs "Laugh In" at 8PM . The ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
David Steinberg ...  Himself - Host 14 episodes, 1969-1970
Lily Tomlin ...  Herself - Host / ... 8 episodes, 1969
Chris Bokeno Chris Bokeno ...  Herself - Host / ... 8 episodes, 1969
Paul Reid Roman Paul Reid Roman ...  Himself - Host / ... 8 episodes, 1969
Christopher Ross Christopher Ross ...  Himself - Host / ... 8 episodes, 1969
Larry Hankin ...  Himself - Host / ... 7 episodes, 1969


"Music Scene" was presented by ABC TV in a 45 minute format, Monday evenings 7:30-8:15, a unique time slot that pitted it against CBS' "Gunsmoke" at 7:30PM and NBCs "Laugh In" at 8PM . The series had several hosts including Paul Anka, Lily Tomlin, Groucho Marx and David Steinerg who often served as host, writer, and comedian. This series presented a wider variety of musical guests than did ABCs earlier series "Shindig(1964). The main theme, as with "Shindig" was the hits of the day. In that tradition, "Music Scene" featured such guests as Crosby Stills and Nash, Janis Joplin, James Brown, Judy Collins, and The Rascals as well as The Beatles' in the form of their 1969 video, "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" . Early Rock, Adult Contemporary , R n B and Country were also featured with the appearances of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers,Tony Bennett, Eydie Gorme , Lou Rawls, Jerry Butler, Sonny James and others Written by efffee@aol.com

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Release Date:

22 September 1969 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Black and White (early episodes)| Color (later episodes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The show began with six co-hosts (David Steinberg, Chris Bokeno, Larry Hankin, Paul Reid Roman, Christopher Ross and Lily Tomlin) who would also do comedic skits between musical numbers. This format lasted for 6 episodes. Beginning with the first episode in November, David Steinberg became the sole host with different special guest hosts. Unfortunately, this format change did not bring new viewers, and the show was canceled less than three months later. See more »


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A great show, too bad it didn't last too long!
23 September 2005 | by stalzz64See all my reviews

What a wonderful discovery on DVD! Two DVD's comprise the complete series, which was only on from September, 1969, to January, 1970. David Steinberg is great as the host, and was one of the writers of the show as well. What a great showcase of the talent of the late 60's! It's an interesting variety of artists, and a neat time capsule of pop culture.

One of the coolest episodes, in my opinion, is the very last one, co-hosted by Comedy Legend Groucho Marx!! They did a little 'chat' session with Groucho and David Steinberg which is a classic! Apparently this show was cancelled due to low ratings and competition from 'Laugh-In' And 'Gunsmoke', and I bet the producers/writers/performers never thought it'd ever see the light of day in any form, but HOORAY for the DVD's!!!! Some of the best things about the DVD's are all the Extra Bonus Material! It appears to be segments/songs cut from the original episodes! It's some killer stuff, and I'm amazed that all this material got the AXE during the original run of the show! This is a must-see for fans of pop culture and music of the late 60's! I highly recommend it!

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