From the 12/19/68 episode: Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr. Hefner and Anthony Newley.
Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91, left an immeasurable impact on American society and culture in a multitude of areas. He was a visionary of the sexual revolution but also the social changes that roiled the 60's. Over the next few days, everyone will reflect and discuss those impacts which began in the 50's with Playboy's beginning and continued—despite the steep decline of magazine popularity that forced a retrenchment—until the end.
In June, Mosaic Records, the Connecticut-based jazz reissue label known for lavish, multi-disc packages of the music of certain artists or specific labels, will release Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions, an 8-CD collection tracing his recordings from his first work with Basie, just into New York from Kansas City, in a small spinoff group who recorded for Columbia as "Jones-Smith Limited" since the Basie Orchestra had a contract with the Decca label.