The Liberace Show

The Liberace Show


Born on May 16, 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin

Died on February 4, 1987 in Palm Springs, California of AIDS


SYN, 1954-1955

A 30-minute musical program hosted by well-known pianist Liberace with the George Liberace orchestra.

Liberace mostly bypassed radio before trying a television career, thinking radio unsuitable given his act's dependency on the visual. Despite his enthusiasm about the possibilities of television, Liberace was disappointed after his early guest appearances on CBS's The Kate Smith Show, starring Kate Smith, and DuMont's Cavalcade of Stars, with Jackie Gleason. Liberace was particularly displeased with the frenetic camera work and his short appearance time. He soon wanted his own show where he could control his presentation as he did with his club shows. His first show on local television in Los Angeles was a smash hit, earning the highest ratings of any local show, which he parlayed into a sold out appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. That led to a summer replacement program for Dinah Shore. And as they say, the rest is history.