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Bob Crosby – destined to be best remembered as Bing Crosby’s brother – became the only bandleader to successfully transition to daytime television when he brought his band and a few other singers to this daily CBS show in 1953.
The show became more of a family affair during later years with Bob’s 16-year-old daughter Cathy appearing three times a week during the summer of 1955 (to replace singer Joan O’Brien who was on leave), and his nephew Gary Crosby appearing roughly once a week during that period.
Steve Dunne served as announcer and hosted a game segment involving the audience.
The Bob Crosby Show ended after four years, but not due to poor ratings. Crosby wanted to take his daytime show to a nighttime slot, but CBS declined.
Crosby then claimed to have spent $30,000 to buy out his contract with the network and leave the show – but the best he could do with his increasingly out-of-fashion music style was to land a similarly titled Saturday evening show on NBC from June to September in 1958.
Rarely seen on television after the show ended, Bob Crosby died in 1993 at the age of 79.