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Before there was American Idol..........
The quickest ticket to music stardom these days seems to be the never-ending stream of TV reality shows, led by American Idol, The Voice, and The X Factor. Oldies fans realize, however, that televised talent shows are certainly nothing new. From Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts to Star Search, TV producers have been searching for the "next big thing" since the dawn of the medium. Occasionally, they would hit the jackpot.
In 1968, what became the most successful brother/sister duo of all time was a trio, with the third member being bassist Wes Jacobs. After more than one failed record deal, they were entering talent competitions around the Los Angeles area, and their break came when they were booked to compete on a short-lived TV talent show called Your All-American College Show. It would be their first national TV appearance, and within a year, Herb Alpert would sign them to A&M Records, where they would become household names.
Who knew The Carpenters were the product of one of the early TV talent competitons? And now, thanks to the magic of YouTube, here is their first TV appearance (still under the name The Dick Carpenter Trio) that paved the way to superstardom!
Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day
Who was the first Motown act to appear on American Bandstand?
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