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In the 1950s Alvino Rey had three separate television series...Ford Time starring Alvino Rey, Pasadena Community Dance and The Alvino Rey - King Sisters Show. The King Family made it's TV debut on an episode of The Alvino Rey-King Sisters Show in 1953.


Ford Time starring Alvino Rey premiered on Oct 29, 1950 on KRON/ NBC in San Francisco and Oakland. This half hour musical variety series also starred the Blue Reys singing quintet and featured vocal soloists Marilyn King - who was just 19, Jimmy Joyce and Alfred E. Burt. The series first aired on Sunday nights at 7:00pm then moved to Saturday nights in 1951. The King Sisters (Alyce, Luise, Donna & Yvonne) were then touring with The Buddy Cole Orchestra and appeared on the premiere episode along with Cole. Bozo the Clown was another fun guest star on a subsequent episode. Alvino & Luise’s daughter, Liza Rey, made her television debut at age 4 in a 1951 episode of the series. Also in 1951 King Sister Donna retired from the group and moved to New York where her husband Jim Conkling had recently become president of Columbia Records. Alvino frequently featured his "talking" guitar and new character "Clerence" the all-seeing camera. Ford Time starring Alvino Rey was produced from October 1950 through June of 1951.

Pasadena Community Dance presents Alvino Rey and The Four King Sisters premiered on KNBH, channel 4 in Los Angeles on July 4, 1952. This limited series was televised from 8:30 to 9 p.m. every Friday night LIVE from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Rose Queen Nancy Thorne was the guest on the premiere episode. Described as "a show designed for dancing as well as entertainment." The television show ended at 9 p.m. but the music and dancing continued until midnight. This series was produced from July through September of 1952.
 

 
  
The Alvino Rey – King Sisters Show premiered on May 23, 1953 on KNBH/ NBC in Los Angeles. This musical variety series was a full hour on Saturday nights and moved to Friday nights in August. The Long Beach Independent described the premiere as "one of the most expensive and lavish musical shows on TV. The time is 10 o'clock on KNBH (4) and it is a full hour revuetype program with Apache dancers Marcelle and Minty, the songs of the King Sisters, romantic baritone Bill Hamilton, the paddle-ball sensation, Reggie Ryman; the announcing of Harry Von Zell (The Burns and Allen Show); songs by -the "Glee Club, Jimmy Joyce, Marilyn and the Blue Reys. The 'entire show is backed up by the music of the Rey orchestra and the commercials of H. J. Caruso, automobile dealer, of Compton" (H. J. Caruso is also the founder of Dollar Rent A Car.) Special guests featured on the series include Joe “Fingers” Carr (the ragtime piano playing alter ego of musician Lou Busch) and trombonist and band leader Jack Teagarden. One member of Alvino's band at this time was trumpet player Dick Cathcart who later became a member of The Lawrence Welk Show in the 1960s and married Peggy Lennon of The Lennon Sisters. The King Sisters current configuration consisted of Alyce, Luise, Yvonne & Marilyn. On the July 18, 1953 episode of the series The King Sisters invited all their siblings, husbands, children and parents to join them in song. This marked the first television appearance of The King Family. The Alvino Rey – King Sisters Show was produced from May through November of 1953.

The King Sisters and Alvino Rey continued to perform frequently on television but it would take eleven years before the entire King Family returned to the airwaves with their first hour-long special in 1964 and from then on remained a cherished television staple for over a decade. The King Family headlined two separate musical series on ABC-TV, made several appearances on The Hollywood Palace and The Ed Sullivan Show as well as created and produced seventeen syndicated hour-long television specials, including their best remembered Christmas with The King Family. Click below to learn more...
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