1 9 6 1 – 1 9 6 4 (USA)
73 x 60 minute episodes
Home viewers were able to participate in this hour-long musical series from NBC, as the lyrics to the songs were superimposed at the bottom of their screens. Viewers were invited to “follow the bouncing ball” as it moved from one lyric to the next.
Goateed composer/arranger/oboe player Mitch Miller led the Sing-Along Gang, an on-stage aggregation of about two dozen.
Among the featured vocalists were Leslie Uggams, Diana Trask, Barbara McNair, and Gloria Lambert. Guest stars included Wally Cox, Johnny Carson, Joe E Ross, Milton Berle, Shirley Temple, Sebastian Cabot, and George Burns.
Sing Along with Mitch was introduced as a single episode on Ford Startime in 1960 and had a limited run in the spring of 1961, alternating every other Friday night with The Bell Telephone Hour, before going weekly in the fall of that year.
Reruns were exhumed in the spring of 1966 to replace the faltering Sammy Davis Jr. Show.
Miller died on 31 July 2010 – four weeks after his 99th birthday – following a short illness.