Popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard. There was a revolving guest host, usually a singer or comedian, each week. Bing Crosby was the most frequent guest host (including, of course, the Christmas Week show), but other frequent guest hosts included Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Durante, Don Adams, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland. The Rolling Stones made their first U.S. TV appearence on the show in 1964. The waning popularity of weekly variety shows contributed to "Hollywood Palace" being cancelled in early 1970, but it's still well-remembered by its many fans. Written by
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With the third season completed, the King Sisters, having appeared on the Hollywood Palace, negotiated with Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach (Zodiac Productions) to produce a musical television pilot variety series for ABC Television. In August, 1966, Zodiac Productions (the Hollywood Palace's staff show team-personnel) assembled the "The King Sisters and Family", taped as a pilot series presentation and submitted to the ABC TV Network. The principle selling point was to match the studio-stage "Lawrence Welk Show" scheduling, alternating the week with another television family show for the new 1966-1967 Network program schedule. ABC TV "bought the pilot" and the King Sisters' show went into production. The Art Department (Jim Trittipo and Hub Braden) was replaced with Romaine Johnston (Production Designer) and Michael Baugh (Art Director). Additional new hires replaced the "Zodiac personnel" positions. See more
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Written by Gower and Margie Champion
Performed by the Les Brown Orchestra and then the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra See more