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Date Posted: 11:04:24 04/27/12 Fri
Author: Ben Rubright (Rubright)
Subject: Re: Wilkens Amateur Hour
In reply to: Ed Blank 's message, "Re: Wilkens Amateur Hour" on 14:30:48 02/22/12 Wed

The trio of girls that sang the 'Easy Credit Jingle' were the Hearth sister, Doris, Carol, and Margie(soloist). The Wilkins Jewelry Co also sponsored Abbie Neal and her Ranch Girls (referred to as the Wilkins Westernaires) each evening Monday thru Friday on WDTV/KDKA-TV. The cast was Abbie Neal(steel guitar and fiddle), Gaye Franzi (bass), Dusty Brown(guitar) and when Abbie was sidelined by a serious auto accident, Wanda Saylor (accordion), and Pat Steele (steel guitar and banjo) were added to the cast. They both stayed after Abbie's return. Al Noble also appeared on the show along with the Hearth sisters. I believe that the sisters were winners on a previous Amateur Hour.

Also appearing on the show was Gloria Okon (AKA Jane Wilkins) who did the Wilkins commercials. When she first appeared on the Amateur Hour, all you saw of her was her hands. She was billed as having 'The Most Beautiful Hands in Pittsburgh".

The Friday evening show always ended with the entire cast singing and playing "Let's Go To Church Next Sunday Morning".

It seems that I am omitting someone but I cannot come up with it.

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