Dave Garroway Show was not renewed after one season.
However, after a year on national television Jill was sufficiently well
known to insure that she did not remain unemployed for long. Jill
was signed by CBS to be the female singer on Stop the Music
in its final year on network radio. Jack Haskell, who was also on
the Garroway show with Jill, was the male singer on the program, while
perennial radio and television favorite Bill Cullen was host. Click
below to hear a brief excerpt from the broadcast of August 11, 1954.
Jill also returned to her roots in southwestern Pennsylvania that summer to appear in an extended engagement at the area's own version of the Copa, as documented in the July 9-16, 1954 Pittsburgh edition of TV Guide shown below.
during the summer of of '54, Jill began touring with a company called Star
Night, playing the major league ball parks in Chicago, Detroit and
Cleveland. The cast included emerging talent like Jill, together
with established stars such as Perry Como and Nat King Cole. Jill
tells a short but poignant story of how Perry Como, after both had performed
late the previous evening at one of the venues, knocked on her hotel room
door early the following Sunday morning to make sure that Jill got to church
To see what Jill was doing just a month before the summer of '54 began, while still singing every Friday night on the Dave Garroway Show, just click here.
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