When Variety Was King, Frank Peppiatt
Frank Peppiatt

When Variety Was King

320 printed pages
A television producer’s “fascinating” memoir of the golden age of the variety show (Kirkus Reviews).
A humble Canadian boy who grew up to create iconic American TV shows featuring the Hollywood celebrities of the day, Frank Peppiatt made his breakthrough by developing the rock TV show Hullabuloo with his partner, John Aylesworth. That led to a writing gig for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé—and then to the long-running smash hit Hee-Haw.
In this autobiography, he recounts a career that spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s, writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names on variety shows hosted by Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. This anecdote-filled memoir of a bygone era will enthrall anyone interested in the early decades of television.
“Full of behind-the-scenes stories . . . For fans of TV history, there’s a gold mine here.” —Booklist
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