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The Friars Club In Association With The Heart Fund Presents The Jack Benny Testimonial Dinner

1957 Friars Club

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3-LP set recorded at the Beverly Hilton: February 14, 1957 (Jack Benny's 63rd birthday).

In order of appearance on this 3-LP set:

Barry Mirkin
George Jessel
Admiral J.B. Pearson, Jr.
Irene Dunne
Ronald Reagan
Isaac Stern
George Burns
Deborah Kerr
Governor Goodwin J. Knight
Edgar Bergen
Dean Martin
Frank Sinatra
Tony Martin
Bob Hope
Art Linkletter
Jack Benny

The then-forthcoming event served as the subject of a sketch on "The Jack Benny Program" for the February 10, 1957 episode, "George Jessel/Goodwin Knight Show" (Season 7, Episode 11).

According to tv.com: "In the sketch, George Jessel visits Jack at home to discuss details of the Friars Club banquet honoring Benny. Jessel, who will be toastmaster, reads Jack the text of his speech. When a reporter calls asking for details of the event, George ends up talking only about himself."

FS Tracks:

Record 2, Side 2:
2. Intro by George Jessel
3. FS reads a poem to Jack Benny

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