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Solid Gold

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Solid Gold was an syndicated television series which ran from 1980 to 1988. From 1987 to 1988 it was retitled "Solid Gold in Concert".

The first episode of the show in January 1980 would become a yearly tradition, as they counted down the Top 40 of 1979 in an epic 2-hour premiere. The show was called "Solid Gold '79" for that one episode. Every year thereafter through 1986, they would host a 2-hour year-end Top 40 countdown show.

The premiere and much of the first season was hosted by Dionne Warwick. At the beginning of the 1981 - 1982 season, Marilyn McCoo of The Fifth Dimension and Andy Gibb took over hosting duties. In the 1982 - 1983 season Rex Smith replaced Andy Gibb as Marilyn McCoo's co-host and in the 1983/1984 season Marilyn McCoo hosted alone. In September, 1984, Rick Dees hosted the show with comedy bits added to the format. Dionne Warwick returned to the show as host in the 1985 - 1986 season before Marilyn McCoo would return as host in the 1986 - 1987 season along with Arsenio Hall and Nina Blackwood as co-hosts which would last until the end of the series in 1988.

The weekly one-hour show played segments from the Top 10 charting songs accompanied by the Solid Gold Dancers. At times, artists who had a single among the week's Top 10 appeared guest performers, although the songs were lip-synced, and not performed live. Celebrities also occasionally served duty as guest hosts. During the 1986 - 1987 season, the Top 10 was no longer danced to by the Solid Gold Dancers, and instead was just simply listed halfway through the show.

In the summer of 1984, a weekday half-hour format called Solid Gold Hits went into syndication, hosted by Grant Goodeve showcasing just a general grouping of the hits of the time. The main Solid Gold format was still airing on weekends.

Trivia

  • The Solid Gold Dancers were featured in the holiday movie Scrooged, though by the time the movie opened, the show had already been cancelled for a few months.
  • Green Day quotes ironically this program on their song I want to be on TV from their B-Side album: Shenanigans.
  • Los Angeles radio personalities Robert W. Morgan and Charlie O'Donnell were the off-screen announcers during the duration of this series.
  • Solid Gold was produced by Brad Lachman and Bob Banner in association with Operation Prime Time and Paramount Television.

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TV TIDBITS

Aired: September 13, 1980 - July 23, 1988

Cast: Andy Gibb, Dionne Warwick, Marilyn McCoo, Rick Dees, Rex Smith, The Solid Gold Dancers

Network: (Syndicated)

Genre: Music

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