Swing this way if you please and behold the ball of it all…
In 1959 Hugh Hefner produced Playboy’s Penthouse T.V. show which proved to be
the first of its kind. The format was modeled on a hip swinging bachelor party
and the guests included the kings and queens of the world of entertainment who
were all gathered in an impromptu style party.
There was Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Cy Coleman rubbing shoulders with
Lenny Bruce, Sammy Davis, Jr. and a host of party goers. These T.V. shows were
produced in black and white and lasted two seasons and made history.
In 1969 Hugh Hefner was back on television with Playboy After Dark. This time in
living color. The penthouse shows featured jazz. This time Playboy After Dark
added rock ‘n’ roll and the cream of the crop in the world of entertainment. It
was one swinging 60’s style party featuring Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Mort
Sahl, Sid Caesar, Sonny and Cher, Canned Heat, Ike and Tina Turner, Jerry Lewis
and a host of celebrities and party goers.
The 12 page booklet was written by Bill Zehme and the cover of the booklet
features one-of-a-kind artwork by Leroy Neiman. This is a 3 DVD box collection
featuring television shows from the '50s and the '60s. Every show has been
remastered to bring back the glorious quality of it’s original flavor. Each DVD
contains 2 complete shows capturing a party only Hugh Hefner could have thrown.
This time, you are invited!
October 1959: Featuring Lenny Bruce, Cy Coleman, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King
November 1960: Featuring Sammy Davis, Jr., Kirby Stone Four, and Teddy King
Bonus: 2006 interview with Hugh Hefner
1. Playboy’s Theme - Cy Coleman
2. Witchcraft – Cy Coleman
3. The Best is Yet To Come – Cy Coleman
4. You Fascinate Me So – Cy Coleman
5. But Not For Me – Ella Fitzgerald
6. Like Young – Ella Fitzgerald
7. Get Out Of Town – Ella Fitzgerald
8. Am I Blue – Teddy King
9. Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Kirby Stone Four
10. S Wonderful – Kirby Stone Four
11. Lazy River - Kirby Stone Four
12. Gal That Got Away – Sammy Davis, Jr.
13. Lady Is A Tramp – Sammy Davis, Jr.
14. Something’s Gotta Give – Sammy Davis, Jr.
15. All Of You – Sammy Davis, Jr.
16. My Funny Valentine – Sammy Davis, Jr.
October 1969: Featuring Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Billy Eckstine, Mort Sahl,
and Sid Caesar
November 1969: Featuring Sonny and Cher, Canned Heat, Vic Damone, Dick Shawn,
and Larry Storch
1. Walkin’ Down the Line – Linda Ronstadt
2. Living Like a Fool – Linda Ronstadt
3. God Bless the Child – Linda Ronstadt and Billy Eckstine
4. Hitchcock Railway – Joe Cocker
5. Didn’t We – Billy Eckstine
6. Everything I Have Is Yours – Billy Eckstine
7. For Once In My Life – Cher
8. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Sonny and Cher
9. Take Me For A Little While – Cher
10. Here’s That Rainy Day – Vic Damone
11. This Is My Life – Vic Damone
12. My Time Ain’t Long – Canned Heat
13. Future Blues – Canned Heat Disc
December 1969: Featuring Ike and Tina Turner Review, Doug Kershaw, Rex Reed, and
December 1968: Featuring Sammy Davis, Jr., The Checkmates, Jerry Lewis and,
1. I Want To Take You Higher – Ike and Tina Turner
2. Come Together – Ike and Tina Turner
3. Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
4. Diggy Diggy Lo – Doug Kershaw
5. Louisiana Man – Doug Kershaw
6. Honky Tonk Woman – Ike and Tina Turner and Doug Kershaw
7. Wear It On Our Face – Checkmates
8. I’ve Gotta Be Me – Sammy Davis, Jr.
9. Sweet Beginning – Sammy Davis, Jr.
10. Someone Nice Like You – Sammy Davis, Jr.
11. Who Can I Turn To – Sammy Davis, Jr.
12. Joker – Sammy Davis, Jr.
13. Feeling Good – Sammy Davis, Jr.
14. Gonna Build A Mountain – Sammy Davis, Jr.
15. This Dream – Sammy Davis, Jr.
16. What Kind Of Fool Am I – Sammy Davis, Jr
17. Once In A Lifetime – Anthony Newley and Sammy Davis, Jr.
18. The More I See You – Sammy Davis, Jr.
19. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody – Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis, Jr.
20. Hey Jude – The Checkmates