+ Phil Harris (born Wonga Philip Harris; June 24, 1904 – August 11, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter, jazz musician, actor and comedian. Though successful as an orchestra leader, Harris is remembered today for his recordings as a vocalist, his voice work in animation and as a pioneer in radio situation comedy, first with Jack Benny, and then in a series in which he co-starred with his wife, singer-actress Alice Faye, for eight years. In time, Harris's comic persona made such an impression that it was inevitable he would go further with the character. Though he remained loyal to Benny and continued as a key member of the Benny cast for several years, Harris got his chance in 1946 when he and wife Alice Faye began co-hosting The Fitch Bandwagon, a comedy-variety program that followed the Benny show on Sunday nights. It was sponsored by hair products manufacturer F.W. Fitch Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. Originally a vehicle for big bands, including Harris' own, The Fitch Bandwagon became something else entirely when Harris and Faye's family skits made them the show's breakout stars. Coinciding with their desire to settle in southern California and raise their children—Phil Jr. (born 1935 and whom Harris had adopted while previously married), Alice (born 1942) and Phyllis (born 1944), The Fitch Bandwagon name disappeared when Rexall became the program's sponsor in 1948; the show was renamed The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. By that time, it had become a full-fledged situation comedy featuring one music spot each for Harris and Faye.-WikiPedia
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 26 old time radio episodes:
+ Red net. Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Quinoil. Red Net Pearl Harbor Coverage. Part 13. 7...
|12.20.1942||fitch bandwagon w chico marx orchestra||
+ Program #8. Blue net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. The first tune is, "Abraham." Seventeen-year-o...
|09.24.1944||fitch bandwagon dick powell benny goodman|
|10.21.1945||fitch bandwagon w glenn gray||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Fitch Hair Tonic. The program is also referred to as, "The New Fitch...
|02.03.1946||fitch bandwagon cass daley and pat obrien||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo. Cass has been made famous by Time Magazine, she was named "outstandi...
|07.10.1946||fitch bandwagon audition show||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch's Shampoo, Fitch's Ideal Hair Tonic. An audition program, comedy show format....
|10.26.1946||fitch bandwagon a tutor for the girls||
+ It’s late morning out at the Harris residence and Alice has been up for some time but the master...
|11.10.1946||fitch bandwagon a movie for alice||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Fitch Hair Tonic. Phil sings, "They've Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In...
|12.01.1946||fitch bandwagon phil's self improvement||
+ As you may know Phil Harris as recently embarked on a program of self-betterment. The first eviden...
|12.08.1946||fitch bandwagon emery's musicalle||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo. Phil and Alice are invited to an evening musicale. A good example of...
|12.15.1946||fitch bandwagon present for phil|
|12.29.1946||fitch bandwagon cassanova rides again|
|01.05.1947||fitch bandwagon analytical psychoanalysis|
|03.09.1947||fitch bandwagon phil's contract||
+ Jack Benny visits Phil to negotiate next year's contract. Jack also appeared on his own program ...
|10.12.1947||fitch bandwagon stockholder phil||
+ Last Monday a decision was reached at a board of director’s meeting of the FW Fitch Company, whi...
|10.19.1947||fitch bandwagon selling house||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Fitch Hair Tonic (Kaiser-Frazer contest). Will Phil buy a mansion in...
|10.26.1947||fitch bandwagon a day with phil harris||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Fitch Hair Tonic (Kaiser-Frazer contest). There's an article publish...
|11.02.1947||fitch bandwagon phil's band at high school||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Fitch Hair Tonic (Kaiser-Frazer contest). Phil's band has been invit...
|11.23.1947||fitch bandwagon phil sees the doctor||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Fitch Hair Tonic. Phil has been acting strangely and goes to the doc...
|11.30.1947||fitch bandwagon phil's hobby||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo, Fitch Hair Tonic. Phil's new hobby is crochetting! Phil sings, "Hone...
|12.07.1947||fitch bandwagon a dog for the kids|
|12.21.1947||fitch bandwagon annual christmas show||
+ Sponsored by: Fitch Shampoo. Phil sings, "Jingle Bells." Alice sings, "Santa Claus Is Coming To T...
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|N/A||fitch bandwagon circus broadcast madison sq garden|
|N/A||fitch bandwagon freddy martin orch, dick powell, andy devine [16 min]|