Name That Tune (1950s throughout to 1985)
Name That Tune has been off and on television since it premiered on NBC Radio in 1952. The best remembered version of Name That Tune aired from 1974 to 1981 with host Tom Kennedy and announcer John Harlan. This version was a Ralph Edwards production in association with distributor Sandy Frank Productions.
Name That Tune pitted two contestants against each other. An orchestra would play a song for the contestants to guess. The orchestra always featured a vocalist as well. (The first vocalist was Kathie Lee Johnson who would become Kathie Lee Gifford.) The 1974 version was the first to bring in background dancers. That lasted one season. They also took out the orchestra to replace them with The Sound System, a rock music ensemble.
Name That Tune has, at times, had a UK, German, Russian, Brazilian, Italian, Polish, Vietnamese, Australian, Armenian, (French) Canadian, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Turkish versions.