LATER PICTURE OF STARTIME KIDS CIRCA 1955
Startime Brochure Inside. Rosalie Mann is top center-Down-Charles and Lillian, Lennie Dale-The Three Rosebuds, Angela Martin-lower right, Sharon Porter-middle right. Ann Falk studios in the CBS-Ed Sullivan show building (1697 Broadway) was one. It was also where StarTime rehearsed the show. George Scheck & Ann Falk were once dance partners. George Scheck was once one of the Gus Edwards Kids.(Thanks Lillian Kay)
George Scheck, former hoofer, Rod Parker & Al Greiner formed Ragtime Music Corp. They had a hit with DONDE ESTA SANTA CLAUS? Where is Santa Claus? They also put out CITY SLICKER, A BOY MEETS A GIRL, I'LL STAY AT HOME WITH YOU, NIGHTS ARE LONLEY & WINDS ARE WAILIN'. Then several records with Okeh & MGM under name of Startime Kids. Want to get a girl, The Railroad Song, I Don't Want To Walk Without You, Baby, Old Time Religion, Please Don't Eat The Daisies
Bobby Darin & Don Kirshner(who also acted as Darin's manager) met with George Scheck, former vaudevillian & choreographer, who managed a number of rising performers including young Connie Francis. He liked their songs. Had them compose a theme song for his show. He got some of their songs recorded including "Love Me Right" (LaVern Baker)
"Delia" (Bobby Short), "By My Side" (Davy Hill), "School's Out" and "Real Love" (both by the Jaye Sisters). Bobby and Don took "My First Real Love" to Scheck, who told them to make a demo. Within a week Scheck became Darin's manager & took his demo to Milt Gabler at Decca (now MCA), who signed the 20-year old to a contract & had him cover Lonnie Donegan's million-selling "Rock Island Line." In March 1956, "Stage Show," produced by Jackie Gleason & hosted by the Dorsey Brothers, 4 days after Bobby signed with the label & 2 days after the recording-Scheck booked Darin for his television debut which went mildly.
Darin reads "Rock Island Line" lyrics on palm on rushed national TV show
Scheck, meanwhile, was more interested in Connie Francis, whose popularity then far exceeded Darin's. Born December 12, 1938, in Newark, New Jersey, Connie had started performing professionally at 11, and had first appeared on George's radio show at the age of 12. Later, she had entered and won Arthur Godfreys' "Talent Scout" show. Soon after Scheck signed her in 1955, he landed her an MGM recording contract which led to her initial million seller, a duet with country Marvin Rainwater on "Majesty of Love" in 1957. The following year Connie collected a second gold disc for "Who's Sorry Now?" One of the first songs she recorded was Darin-Kirshner's "My First Real Love."
Bobby and Connie saw each other often, at Scheck's office, but also appeared on the same bill at various rock and roll shows in the New York area. When they became involved, Connie's angry father informed Scheck that he would have to choose between managing Darin and his daughter. George informed Bobby that his first loyalty was to Connie and that he would have to find another agent.
Not an original, but about a year in, Connie Francis, around 13, would join the group and shortly drop the accordion, though that is what got her the job since they had other singers but no other accordion players.
Angela Martin, ventriloquist-singer worked with stars like Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett. Made appearances on The Jackie Gleason Show-The Milton Berle Show-a part in the 1982 movie, Annie-The Broadway show George M!
Augie Rios child theater actor born in NYC to Puerto Rican immigrants. In 1958, the time of this record, he was appearing in "Jamacia" with Lena Horn, Ricardo Montalban & Ossie Davis. "Donde Esta Santa Claus?" by Rod Parker, Al Greiner & Rio's manager at the time, George Scheck. A holiday staple in many Latino-American homes. Combined YouTube viewership over 1,484,682. The flip side is Ol Fatso (I Don't Care Who You Are Old Fatso, Get Those Reindeer Off My Roof)
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Marilyn D'Honau about 12 when she began appearing on StarTime Kids. She was the little ballerina on the show & Scheck wanted her to mostly do the same routine. It was called "Swamp Fire" that she choreographed. She was a cast member in the original West Side Story & the youngest in 1957. She went on to appear in 7 other Broadway shows, including the original companies of Pal Joey, Applause & Baker Street. She also performed in a popular touring nightclub act, "The D'Honau Sisters" with two of her older sisters. They took class at Madame Eugenie's in Elizabeth, NJ & eventually commuted to Manhattan to take professional classes. When in 6th grade the family moved into Manhattan & enrolled them all in the Professional Children's School.
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Jet-3/23/53 Andrew Wideman(Bey), 12 w Jerry Blaine-Jubilee Records & George Scheck L. He appeared at Apollo Theater on a bill with Louis Jordan
Rick Mitchell's "Jazz in the New Millennium: Live and Well"
CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY ON THIS PAGEAndy Bey (Wideman) Album Cover. Awards and honors;
Startime Kids 1951 - 1957
Suzie has the tight dress, horizontal stripes
(1961) Rosalia in West Side Story;
(1966) Women of the Prehistoric Planet with John Agar, Wendell Corey, Merry Anders, and Suzie Kaye;
(1966) Wild, Wild Winter with Gary Clarke, Chris Noel, Don Edmonds, and Suzie Kaye;
(1967) Bee Bee Vendemeer in C'mon, Let's Live a Little ;
(1967) Sally in Elvis Presley's Clambake ;
(1967) It's a Bikini World Starring Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Suzie Kaye, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, The Animals, The Gentrys, The Toys, The Castaways, and Pat and Lolly Vegas:
(1968) The Angry Breed with Jan Sterling, James MacArthur, Melody Patterson, Suzie Kaye, and Jan Murray;
1969 The Comic Amanda Lou Phipps (uncredited)
1970 Walk the Walk
(1973) Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (TV Series) Angel Chernak 5 year contract
1968 Tarzan (TV Series) Maxine - Trina (1968) ... Maxine
1967 The F.B.I. (TV Series) Monica Duval
Performed at high profile resorts in the Catskills such as Grossingers and the Concord. He made appearance on the Milton Berle Show, the Jerry Lewis Show, various telethons and a Madison Square Garden. Here is an Associated Press article about him when StarTime went off the air. April 5 (AP) BOY, 8, GETS JOBLESS PAY PASSAIC, N. J. TV Actor, 8, Is Youngest Ever To Get Unemployment Checks. A television show lost its sponsor, Joey Sheptock lost his job, and New Jersey chalked up another first in its history. Joey Sheptock, an 8-year-old television performer, Tuesday was listed as probably the youngest successful claimant for unemployment insurance in the state. Joey performed regularly on a Saturday morning television children's show. The show lost its sponsor. With his mother, Joey showed up at the New Jersey division of employment security office here Monday. An office worker handed Mrs. Sheptock a card to be filled out. When the girl called, "next," Joey got up. The girl said Joey Sheptock. Was there a mistake, for the card was made for a male. Finally, the girl was convinced Joey and not Mrs. Sheptock was applying. He was Issued two professional code cards, one for being a dancer and another for a character vocalist. Joey estimates it will be at least another month before a sponsor is found for the show he was on. Meanwhile, he'll spend some time in his third-grade classes and receive $30-a-week unemployment checks.
1951-1952 Cavalcade of Stars (TV Series) Guest Child Performer 3 Episodes
The Quiz Show (1951) Guest Child Performer
1948-1950 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series) Milton Berle Show At least 5 Episodes
1950 The Popsicle Parade of Stars (TV Series)
Hollywood My Home Town Ken Murray (Documentary)
Liza Minnelli, "Dale a genius", & fame in Brazil-A bit racy
Stage Performances Broadway Productions
Mr. President Original Broadway Production, Lynn Ross [Dancer, Japanese Beatnik] Understudy: Lynn Ross [Princess Kyra] Oct 20, 1962 - Jun 08, 1963
Fiorello! Original Broadway Production, Lynn Ross [Sophie, Dancer]: Ensemble/Other Roles Nov 23, 1959 - Oct 28, 1961
First Impressions [Musical, Comedy, Original] : Lynn Ross [Lydia Bennett] Mar 19, 1959 - May 30, 1959
West Side Story Original Broadway Production, : Lynn Ross [Estella] Understudy: Lynn Ross [Consuela] Sep 26, 1957 - Jun 27, 1959
The Pajama Game [US Tour] National Tour, 1955 Dancer
Relations: Wife of Martin Charnin (1958 - 1961) divorced
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