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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An adjacent parking lot to the Hollywood Palace Studio/Theater became a production area for circus trapeze and animal acts, which required a greater footprint for staging. The CBS TV New York Ed Sullivan Show could not accommodate these performers. The unique staging area became a major asset for the performers appearing on the Hollywood Palace. All of these acts were performed at night, with an audience sitting in bleachers. Engineering required extra facilities requirements, which included cameras, sound, lighting, costumes, scenery, and technical staffs. These acts and performances were "banked" on tape (held in the tape vault) and scheduled into the series show schedule. Scheduling these acts and performances required major expense to pay for travel expenses, set-ups, residential accommodation, and contract agreements. The producers, Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach, spared no expense to showcase novel world renowned performers. With the exposure of the Knickerbocker Hotel sign, atop the hotel located directly behind the Hollywood Palace Theater, viewers planning a vacation would try to book hotel reservations! The Knickerbocker Hotel had been purchased by the Methodist Church for a retirement home. The Methodist's were not running a hotel turning away many telephone reservation requests. 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