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Hullabaloo, Shivaree, American Bandstand...TV Pop Shows of the 1960s

As a fan of '60s pop music I'm finding these shows or clips of them on youtube and was wondering if anyone here has memories of them to share.

American Bandstand is disappointing. If you didn't like pop music, why go to these shows? Maybe they should have auditioned a few people to see if they could dance before they broadcast them on national TV, with their wooden dancing and miserable faces and the whole show seems stiff and totally unspontaneous.

But a lot of the shows seem like good fun and I love the dancers, especially.

Also...it would be great to hear about local TV pop shows. I believe there were a lot of local ones too.

by Anonymousreply 4609/25/2014

There was a summer daytime program on ABC called "Where the Action Is." It was broadcast from a beach in California.

by Anonymousreply 102/22/2013

I was in love with Donna Loren!

Still am!

by Anonymousreply 202/22/2013

Wasn't there one called Shindig?

by Anonymousreply 302/22/2013

As much as Dick Clark promoted Bandstand postmortem, it was a cheap, shitty daytime show.

by Anonymousreply 402/22/2013

I never heard of Shivaree

We had local dance shows. One was hosted by Clay Cole. Another was hosted by Lloyd Thaxton.

Clay Cole was dreamy. Neither show sated very long.

by Anonymousreply 502/22/2013

Donna Loren "Cycle Set" on Hullabaloo with Bobby Sherman on the back.... around the time that Sal Mineo was fucking Sherman. read all about it in Michael Michaud's bio SAL MINEO.

by Anonymousreply 602/22/2013

[quote]As much as Dick Clark promoted Bandstand postmortem, it was a cheap, shitty daytime show.

V. interesting.

Yes, he made it look important. That's why I'm so surprised by how very lifeless and bad it is, when I see it unedited.

[quote]There was a summer daytime program on ABC called "Where the Action Is." It was broadcast from a beach in California.

I think they also went on location, to the snow and stuff where they'd lip sync to their hits.

by Anonymousreply 802/22/2013

I loved the dancers on Hullabaloo, they could really move.

by Anonymousreply 902/22/2013

A GOGO '66!

by Anonymousreply 1002/22/2013

Len Barry on Shivaree

by Anonymousreply 1102/22/2013

OMG! r8.

Live from JungleLand!

That's a blast from the past.

by Anonymousreply 1202/22/2013

Those were great most of the time...sometimes they were weird. The Supremes singing the Beatles.

by Anonymousreply 1302/22/2013

I wish I could find Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs doing Wolly Bully back in the day when it first came out. My mother nearly shat herself when she saw them on TV.

"You CAN'T really watch that! You can't consider that music! You are out of your mind! Turn it off!"

by Anonymousreply 1402/22/2013

A very strong early Christmas memory I have is of my father putting up the tree while American Bandstand was on tv. The Bandstand dancers were wearing ski sweaters and I think they had decorated the set like a faux ski lodge.

I couldn't wait to become a teenager so I could wear ski sweaters and dance to cool tunes in the lodge, drinking hot cocoa while it snowed outside. There would be ice skaters on a perfectly round pond wearing plaid shirts and turtleneck sweaters with their hands in fluffy white muffs.

Little did I know what was in store for me in my teen years.

I still can't wAit to dress up in a ski sweater and sit with a bunch of my cool friends in front of the fire at the lodge.

by Anonymousreply 1502/22/2013

[quote]I still can't wAit to dress up in a ski sweater and sit with a bunch of my cool friends in front of the fire at the lodge.

I wish I'd known you before Kelsey so publicly and cruelly dumped me, R15. You would have been welcome any time.

by Anonymousreply 1602/22/2013

The Beat (1965-66).

Black artists only.

Here's Bobby Hebb (of 'Sunny' fame).

I could never understand why there were never black girls in go-go cages in the 60s shows. Maybe this was why.

by Anonymousreply 1702/22/2013

R10...I thought Jr. walker & The All Stars sang Shotgun! Those white kids singing it are embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 1802/22/2013

They also had Tom Jones sing at that zoo, in his tight jeans.

by Anonymousreply 1902/22/2013

Where The Action Is was a regular daily show, not just a summer show - it didn't have a particular set and was filmed all over the place in the LA area (frequently on the beach but not always). After it went off the air, ABC did put on a daily summer show hosted by Mark Lindsay. I think it was called It's Happening.

I watched all the TV pop shows of the 60s that were shown in my area. Hullabaloo was probably my favorite. IIRC it had a different host ever week while Shindig had the same bouffant hairdo'd male, Jimmy O'Neill. Hullabaloo was also an hour while I think Shindig was 1/2 hr.

I also liked Upbeat, which must have been a syndicated show. And I remember Shivaree, Hollywood A Go Go, and Lloyd Thaxton.

I never liked American Bandstand - I wanted to watch the acts, not a bunch of kids dancing.

by Anonymousreply 2002/23/2013

Hmm.. I always thought "It's Not Unusual" was a Burt Bacharach song. I just looked it up and it's not.

It sure sounded like typical 60s David/Bacharach.

by Anonymousreply 2102/23/2013

R19, thanks, I've never seen the video.

That was Tom Jones BEFORE the makeover. Leather-clad, swarmy rocker to Las Vegas pop crooner. He cut his hair, had his teeth capped and did his nose, added 15 pounds, and whala! Tom rivaled Elvis in Vegas! I couldn't understand his appeal on TV in 1969, but he isn't as bad as I thought:

by Anonymousreply 2202/23/2013

Hullabaloo was shot in NYC and had great production values as well as regular dancers and choreographers like Donna McKechnie, David Winters and Michael Bennett who were all working on Broadway at that time. It was more like a one hour mini-Broadway review of current rock and roll music with a different guest host each week. I loved when Petula Clark was on and also remember a fantastic medley that The Supremes did with The 4 Seasons of both group's hit songs, I guess around 1966.

Shindig was shot in LA and just looked cheap. It all looked and sounded like it was filmed underwater.

American Bandstand was seen live from Philadelphia 5 days a week just after school hours. Dick Clark had a different guest star each day singing their latest hit single. The kids that danced on that show were just local unpaid teenagers but many of them developed huge fan bases with their TV audiences and were featured in teen magazines like 16 Magazine.

by Anonymousreply 2302/23/2013

R13,The Supremes did an album of British Invasion songs, A Bit of Liverpool.

by Anonymousreply 2402/23/2013

"American Bandstand was seen live from Philadelphia 5 days a week just after school hours."

That was early in the show, in the 1950s.

by Anonymousreply 2502/23/2013

One of my first crushes was Steve Alaimo from "Where the Action Is."

by Anonymousreply 2602/23/2013

Finally some people who really know their 60s music. This is what I was hoping for and it's really interesting to read and get the info.

I'm going to check out some of those shows now.

{quote]That was Tom Jones BEFORE the makeover. Leather-clad, swarmy rocker to Las Vegas pop crooner. He cut his hair, had his teeth capped and did his nose, added 15 pounds

Here he is in 1966 before the makeover. He was so hot then. I wondered why he looked so different later on. They emasculated him.

by Anonymousreply 2702/23/2013

Tom Jones' management wanted him to be sophisticated enough to get a TV show and to play Vegas ($$$), OP/R27. So did he. That meant shaving off the rough edges enough to appeal to an older more upscale audience -- the same 30+ age females that followed Elvis in 1968.

This is Jones on Ed Sullivan in 1965-66. Old nose, old teeth, thinner. Even at that time he sang adult pop music on occasion, even sang "More" on this very Sullivan show.

by Anonymousreply 2802/23/2013

Nancy Sinatra - I think on Hullabaloo - a classic! Still one of my top five songs ever.

In NYC we had Hullabaloo, Shindig, Where the Action is, and I think Clay Cole. Plus Bandstand.

by Anonymousreply 2902/23/2013

Here's a local show out of Steubenville, Ohio called "Teen Time."

This 1968 clip has brief dancing at the intro and towards the end but it's mostly of mime rock band -The Hello People doing Let's Go Hide in the Forest. I like the keyboardist's expressions of delight at the 2:40-44 mark.

by Anonymousreply 3002/23/2013

I am so old that I remember American Bandstand when Dick Clark was not the host. A guy named Bob Horn was the original host but then he was busted for drunk driving with some statutory rape thrown in and he was gone. (He was acquitted for the rape.)

Dick was ok as the host, but very bland. I never really liked him. When he relocated AB to California, the show became unwatchable for me. Those kids did nothing but strike a pose whenever the camera was on them. Rarely looking at their dance partner and really coming to life only when the camera found them.

Just about every teenager watching the Philly version of the show knew those dancers by name. Bob and Justine, Kenny and Arlene. Big Ro and Little Ro. The sex bomb, Franny Giordano. A great time to be a teenager.

by Anonymousreply 3102/23/2013

The Corny Collins Show!

by Anonymousreply 3202/24/2013

[quote]Just about every teenager watching the Philly version of the show knew those dancers by name. Bob and Justine, Kenny and Arlene. Big Ro and Little Ro.

That's so funny.

by Anonymousreply 3302/24/2013

Dusty Springfield convinced the producers of "Ready Steady Go!" (UK) to devote an entire show to Motown. She got what she wanted and ended up hosting.

by Anonymousreply 3402/24/2013

The fame of those ordinary Philly teenagers on the old American Bandstand was the beginning of reality TV.

by Anonymousreply 3502/24/2013

PBS is running a nostalgic look at Hullabaloo as part of its current pledge drive.

by Anonymousreply 3603/03/2013

You all seem like such fans of the sixties, you need to catch 60s Bandstand Show in concert, it is a great show.

by Anonymousreply 3709/03/2013

St. Louis had it's own dance show, the St. Louis Hop.

What the attached link fails to mention is the "Phatom Circle" dance. While a song played, a circle would hover over the dancers. When the music stopped is when the Phatom Circle stopped and whatever lucky couple it landed on got "fabulous" prizes.

by Anonymousreply 3809/03/2013

[quote]and whala!

BWAAHAHAHA!

by Anonymousreply 3909/03/2013

The T.A.M.I. Show!!

by Anonymousreply 4009/03/2013

>>>>>> You all seem like such fans of the sixties, you need to catch 60s Bandstand Show in concert, it is a great show

I hate things like that. They're ghastly.

Check out the YT . I lasted 5 seconds.

by Anonymousreply 4109/03/2013

Have to agree with R41 on that. R37, it's shows like that that totally ruin the image and memory of the real thing.

by Anonymousreply 4209/03/2013

Bump...for more on the '60s dance shows.

by Anonymousreply 4309/24/2014

The Baltimore dance show John Waters wrote about

by Anonymousreply 4409/25/2014

WONDERAMA !!

Was big in the NYC area.

I was even on the show a few times. My aunt worked for their advertising agency's CEO.

by Anonymousreply 4509/25/2014

I watch Lou Christie on YouTube, He is still Hot and that voice is unbelievable. Watch him on the Midnight Special in his well warn Levis. Check out his basket, which is a treat to look at. Many girl groups tell stories about him on tour, He was HUNG up on Diana Ross. Just ask Mary she knows all about what Diana did.

by Anonymousreply 4609/25/2014
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