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Merv Griffin Show, The

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Born in San Mateo, California, Merv Griffin became a band singer shortly after graduating from school, and his recording of I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts sold millions of copies.


In the late 1950s, Griffin hosted the game shows Play Your Hunch (1958 – 1962) and Keep Talking (1959 – 1960).

The Merv Griffin Show made its debut in 1962, soon becoming America’s favourite TV chat show.

Griffin also produced a series of shows that became long-running, financially successful enterprises, including Jeopardy! in 1964, Wheel Of Fortune in 1975, Dance Fever in 1979 and Ruckus in 1991.