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What’s My Line? Ellington, Nat King Cole And Satchmo On TV

Could you have guessed who they were? Three giants of jazz on the 1950s TV quiz show.

What's My Line

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Famous jazz artists were among the guests on this 1950s television program.

A little diversionary entertainment for the upcoming holiday weekend:

Here are a few appearances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole on What’s My Line, the 1950s television program that featured blindfolded celebrity panelists attempting to guess the identity of a notable mystery guest.

Armstrong, Cole, and Ellington all had very distinctive speaking voices, and part of the humor in watching these stems from their various attempts to somehow disguise their respective sounds:

Louis Armstrong:

Duke Ellington:

Nat King Cole:

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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