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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.

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:

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