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Hugh Hefner's 'Playboy After Dark' was in tune with pop music's eccentricities

Hugh Hefner's 'Playboy After Dark' was in tune with pop music's eccentricities

Hugh Hefner’s short-lived 1969-70 talk show, “Playboy After Dark,” ran for only two seasons, but it had a great ear for music.

The Playboy Production, filmed on the CBS lot and at KTLA, featured Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91, in conversation with actors, celebrities and comedians including comedian Moms Mabley, Patti Duke, NBA star Bill Russell and filmmaker Otto Preminger.

At that moment Playboy was a high-flying enterprise with a magazine, nightclubs and a rising reputation as a cultural tastemaker. The brand appeared to be dialed into the pop-culture pulse, and the...

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