A new four DVD set called “Here’s Edie – The Edie Adams Television Collection” is out today. Unseen in any format in more than 50 years, this box set collects all 21 episodes of “Here’s Edie”. an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Edie Adams, plus bonus features including segments from the Ernie Kovacs shows as well as guest that includes Kovacs, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Spike Jones, Soupy Sales, Johnny Mathis and many more.
The ‘wow’ factor of this box set resides in the eclectic guest stars Edie Adams was able to secure for the show. Jazz fans will be able to see rare performance footage of giants, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Al Hirt. Popular vocalists include Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and Johnny Mathis and more. Classical music fans can look forward to performances of Andrew Previn, Lauritz Melchoir and Laurindo Almeida. Additional guests include Allan Sherman, Spike Jones, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Buddy Hackett.
Unlike any variety show before or since, “Here’s Edie – The Edie Adams Television Collection” is a tour-de-force for a female entertainer in the early-1960’s. After the sudden passing of her husband Ernie Kovacs in January 1962, Adams forged ahead with her own headlining show, showcasing her many talents. Adams hosts, sings, dances, acts, does comedy and also produces her own show. While much has been said of Adams’ preservation efforts of the Ernie Kovacs archive, she also left behind a stunning body of her own work that survives due only to her indefatigable preservation efforts.
This 12-hour, four DVD set features a new digital transfer from original 2-inch videotapes of the entire 1962-64 run of 21 episodes (with her famed Muriel Cigar commercials intact) plus extensive bonus footage.