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  • Dec 17, 1948
    "The Morey Amsterdam Show" debuts on CBS-TV. The previous year, the sitcom's star earned a country hit as a songwriter with Dick Jurgens' "(Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave) Wyoming"
    Nov 13, 1949
    Bandleader Vaughn Monroe performs "Riders In The Sky" on the Ed Sullivan-hosted "Toast Of The Town"
    Dec 25, 1949
    With "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer" enjoying its first year as a holiday hit, composer Johnny Marks takes a bow from the audience on a Christmas edition of the Ed Sullivan-hosted CBS variety show "Toast Of The Town"
    Jul 23, 1950
    "The Gene Autry Show" debuts on CBS-TV, taking Autry, sidekick Pat Buttram and Champion from the big screen to the small screen. "Back In The Saddle Again" serves as the program's theme song
    Oct 12, 1950
    "The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show" debuts on CBS-TV. Some 30 years later, Burns scores a country hit with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again"
    Dec 25, 1950
    "The Steve Allen Show" begins airing daily on CBS-TV, just months after its host had a hit as a songwriter on the Margaret Whiting/Jimmy Wakely duet "Let's Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning)"
    Jan 21, 1951
    Jimmy Wakely performs from New York during the Ed Sullivan-hosted CBS variety show "Toast Of The Town." Among the other guests is singer Margaret Truman, the daughter of president Harry S. Truman
    Nov 14, 1951
    Hank Williams makes his first national TV appearance, on CBS-TV's "The Perry Como Show," performing "Hey, Good Lookin'"
    Feb 24, 1952
    Songwriter Cole Porter, who co-wrote Gene Autry's country hit "Don't Fence Me In," is honored with a two-hour tribute on CBS-TV's "Toast Of The Town," later known as "The Ed Sullivan Show"
    Jul 1, 1952
    CBS debuts the twice-a-week series "Music Hall," hosted by Patti Page

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