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Bing Crosby, born May 2, 1903, was 61 years old when he hosted this (taped in August-1963) 1964 musical television variety CBS color special, "The Bing Crosby Show". When his show-producers Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach were called by ABC TV in November of 1963 to produce a new variety series replacing the network's cancellation of their "Jerry Lewis Show", Vanoff proposed Bing Crosby as the permanent rotating host for "The Hollywood Palace". Headlining Bing Crosby as the TV series host qualified the variety series to engage Hollywood movie star talent for guest appearances. Bing Crosby Productions became a silent partner in the seven year series success from January 1964 through January of 1970. The Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street Studio-Theatre had been renovated at an enormous expense during the Summer of 1963, preparing the facility for the Jerry Lewis series. ABC had to utilize the renovated studio property, deciding to mount a Saturday night variety series in direct competition to CBS Television's "Sunday night The Ed Sullivan Show." ABC wanted a prestigious counter in programing content with the other two networks, NBC and CBS. Bing Crosby's star power established a Hollywood based variety format featuring movie stars as guest performers, much like the CBS "Bing Crosby Show" color special, which presented a pilot concept. See more