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Song Parodies -> "The Greatest Night in Television History"

Original Song Title:

"Let’s Be Thankful"

Parody Song Title:

"The Greatest Night in Television History"

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The Lyrics

Let’s be thankful for that great TV night,
‘Way back in 1951,
Be thankful for that amazing sight,
300 Boy Scouts having fun,

A thousand words never can explain,
The joy they felt when seeing “Roxanne”,
With no other girl, is it the same,
On “Beat the Clock” they cheered as fans,

Remember that great man George Briant,
He saw this show with wife Germaine,
And they’d find, watching their TV set,
“I hope who’s behind that gets paid”,

Be hopeful, a kinescope is found,
Go look in your attic above,
Be quiet, and you might hear the sound,*
And let’s be thankful that was done!
*If you’re in a really quiet place, and you try to imagine 300 Boy Scouts cheering at the top of their lungs, you can actually “hear” what this broadcast might have sounded like.

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Overall Rating: 4.4

Total Votes: 10

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This was a real broadcast?? - July 27, 2022 - Report this comment
I read some of your parodies about this “broadcast”, and decided to look into it. Needless to say, I will never be able to forget it. Who decided to invite THREE HUNDRED Boy Scouts onto the same stage as a scantily clad woman, have her picture taken, and result in a line about cheesecake?? Can you imagine how loud that must have been? How would his parents have reacted? Good thing this broadcast is lost to history, so that no one will ever see it again. By the way, the song that is being parodied (“Let’s Be Thankful”) is really great. So why would this parody be about a “broadcast” that will never be seen again?
George&GermaineBriantFan - July 28, 2022 - Report this comment
I assure you, this WAS a real broadcast. I could not make this up if I tried. There are even pictures from this broadcast (see my Ben Pollack parody, “Got The Pictures”) Congratulations on learning about it! Now, to answer your questions: Possibly CBS decided to write to a scout troop inviting them to the program. The scout troop must have then rehearsed their line “Let’s take your picture, Roxanne!” and then they appeared on the actual program. This must have been done for a special anniversary week or something. Obviously it must have been very loud. And see my Ben Pollack parody “Here Goes (It’s Filled with Soap)” under “The Husband of Doris Robbins” if you want to know how the 11 year old boy who said that cheesecake line was dealt with by his parents. Furthermore, there is no known KINESCOPE (recording a broadcast with a film monitor) of this show “officially”, but there could always be a kinescope in someone’s attic, basement or even storage unit. This is why I wrote “Look For A Lost Kinescope In The Attic With Me” (another Ben Pollack parody) — people will never know if they have a kinescope of the show if they don’t check their attic. Of all the shows that aired during this period this is one that should theoretically have at least THREE kinescopes in existence, but no copies are known to exist yet. This is why people need to check their attics. Also, there are four other parodies of “Let’s Be Thankful” on this site, none of which appeared on the site until this year. I agree it’s a great song but a parody has to be made about this broadcast in order to spread the word about it. Lastly, I am going to say this: This broadcast could have never been attempted in any other circumstances. Only (and I mean ONLY) “Roxanne” could have attracted 300 Boy Scouts and get one of them to tell her that he liked her. Not Doris Robbins (who was modest compared to “Roxanne”) or any other woman in human history. You already know about the broadcast, so why keep it to yourself?
1930sfan - August 16, 2022 - Report this comment
This is a really great parody! “Let’s Be Thankful” was a great song and Dick Dixon was the perfect singer for it. Glad to know that this broadcast is not forgotten about. It really was the greatest night in television history.
George&GermaineBriantFan - August 18, 2022 - Report this comment
Thank you for your comment. Yes, this broadcast was really something. In my entire life, I have never come across anything else quite like it. It was aired once, and then never again, forgotten just as quickly as it had happened. One may try to imagine what it looked like, what quotes were said that were not recorded, or anything else, but with no kinescope located as of yet, we are just guessing things. Let us consider the fact that we know very, very little about this show...a show that happened almost three-quarters of a century ago. Had it not been for a July 1951 newspaper article that mentioned this broadcast (see my parody of Ben Pollack’s “My Little Grass Shack...etc) and several other sources, this broadcast would be even more forgotten than it is now. We should all be thankful that we have as much information on this broadcast as we already have. It is my hope that the majority of the population learns about this broadcast, leading to lots of discussion and imagining what else may have happened that night that wasn’t recorded. Not by the end of this year, or next year, or even this decade, but someday it would be great to see everyone on the planet connected in their knowledge of their broadcast. Has any other moment in human history been as great as this broadcast? I don’t think so.
George&GermaineBriantFan - August 22, 2022 - Report this comment
I have now created a page on the Internet Archive that has pictures and newspaper clippings about this broadcast. This is the first time that a single resource about this broadcast has been put on the Internet. Go to the Internet Archive, search “Beat the Clock Boy Scouts 1951” and the first thing that comes up should be a link to a page called “"Beat the Clock" show involving 300 Boy Scouts (1951) - Picture Gallery”. Click it and you will see it. There are six photos in the gallery as of today. The description also provides a brief synopsis of this broadcast. The files included are free to use and share. Be sure to visit it!
Dick Dickson - August 30, 2022 - Report this comment
Let’s be thankful! (For this great TV night.)
The Greatest Idea in Human History - October 08, 2022 - Report this comment
107 comments about this broadcast on this site so far and counting!
Shot Across Your Bow - October 09, 2022 - Report this comment
Thats an amazing number given that its clear that nobody else on this website cares in the slightest about this obscure event that happened over 70 years ago. So, the fact that you persist in talking about this means you are either a troll or mentally ill. At some point. we're gonna have to go full MIKE on you
What's full MIKE mean - October 09, 2022 - Report this comment
MIKE was most likely a certifiably psychotic kid who would post messages in ALL CAPS. At first, it was just slightly annoying, but then he started posting more and more of his ALL CAP crap, and then he was flooding the Comment sections with hundreds of his deranged comments, making our Comments Section look like the bulletin board to a lunatic asylum. And since MIKE wouldnt take any hints .... Well, you've never seen anything from MIKE, have you?
Agimorfee - October 10, 2022 - Report this comment
Maybe you should write a parody about the 2nd greatest moment in TV history--when Ed Ames tossed the tomahawk on Johnny Carson.
George&GermaineBriantFan - May 31, 2023 - Report this comment
I am leaving AmIRight permanently. Please do not forget my entries, and how they changed the site forever. Goodbye.
Porfle Popnecker - May 31, 2023 - Report this comment
Sad that this is the end. Your parodies were absolutely amazing. Good luck on your future endeavors, George&GermaineBriantFan. Your namesake couple would have been so happy for you.
Ghost of Freddy Mercury - June 01, 2023 - Report this comment
Is this the real Porf? ... Is this just fantasy ... Plagued by a dumb troll .... who's detached from reality
Phil Ossifer - June 01, 2023 - Report this comment
Good riddance to the absolute WORST “parodist” to ever grace this site.

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