Live by Request

Live by Request is a television show on the A&E Network. On it, notable artists hold concerts where the set list would be determined by viewer phone calls. The show was created based on an idea by Tony Bennett.[1] Bennett starred in its first episode, which ran on Valentine's Day 1996;[2] during that episode, 1.5 million calls came in from viewers with requests.[3] The show won the Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program in 1996.[3] It also won a CableACE Award.[1] Mark McEwen hosted the show.

Johnny Mathis appearance holds the record for the most viewers watching on live TV and is now available on DVD release.

Some the show's performances would be released as albums of the same name by the artists, including:

Other performers on the show, which has run on an as-appropriate basis, have included Johnny Mathis, Chicago (band), Hall & Oates, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Eurythmics, The Bee Gees, John Fogerty, Don Henley, Elton John, B. B. King, Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp, Vince Gill, Santana, Gloria Estefan, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Vanessa Williams.[2]

In November 2009, PBS broadcast a John Fogerty concert under the Live By Request series as a pledge drive event.


  1. ^ a b "Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends". American Masters. PBS. 2007-09-12. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  2. ^ a b "Live by Request Episodes - Live by Request 2004 Episode Guides - Watch Live by Request Episodes from A&E". Retrieved 2014-05-24.
  3. ^ a b Fabrikant, Geraldine (1999-05-02). "Talking Money With: Tony Bennett: His Heart's in San Francisco, His Money in His Son's Hands". The New York Times.

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