1974, London Palladium

18th November, 1974


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Presented by: Sir Bernard Delfont KBE

Musical Director: Eric Tann

Producer: Robert Nesbitt

1974 marked an important year for the show's organisers and beneficiaries, when the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund (the VABF), changed its name to the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, marking its help for a wider spectrum of show business.

Second, the show had a female compere (or 'commere' to use the correct word) for the first time. This was Noele Gordon, who had starred in previous shows herself, and it was Ms Gordon who introduced the nostalgic celebration A Salute To Vaudeville.

Ted Rogers, who had also appeared before in a Royal Show, successfully followed with his comedy routine. Fast and furious dancing came from the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the evening was given a smooth, polished end by the outstanding American singer, Perry Como.

This was the night that the comedian Billy Dainty, made the Queen Mother cry - with tears of amusement that is! Dainty's impersonations of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev  were more than the Queen Mother could bear. After the show, she was reported as saying "I think he's marvelous. I was crying with laughter."

Host and Performers

Noele Gordon - Host

A Salute To Vaudeville with Noele Gordon, Esmeralda and Diane Theron, Susanne and Fudi, Nino and Wendy Frediani, Lilian Kenny, Linda Novaro, Skating Valentines, The Schaller Brothers

Ted Rogers

The Hungarian State Dance Company

Billy Dainty

Josephine Baker

Paul Melba

The Dance Theatre Of Harlem

Paper Lace With Santana

George Carl

Roy Castle

Perry Como with the Tony Mansell Singers

Jack Parnell And His Orchestra

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18th November, 1974
The Palladium Theatre, London