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LH&R: 'Playboy's Penthouse,' '59

SOURCE: Published: 2014-01-02
In October 1959, Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross appeared on Hugh Hefner's new TV variety show, Playboy's Penthouse. The show, hosted by Hefner, actually was taped in the Chicago studios of WBKB-TV, with the set designed to appear as though the viewer were attending a hip, late-night adult party at Hefner's rooftop apartment with the brightest lights in music, comedy and song.

Here's Annie Ross singing Twisted alone and then—joined by Lambert, Hendricks and Joe Williams—singing Everyday I Have the Blues. They're accompanied by Count Basie and his rhythm section. Everyday first appeared on Lambert, Hendricks & Ross' album Sing a Song of Basie, released in 1958 on ABC-Paramount and produced by Creed Taylor. The album won a Grammy in 1959...


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