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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During rehearsals the guest host usually stood on the left camera side of the proscenium, with a high stool for the host to be seated. The prop master provided water or a soda pop beverage. When Joan Crawford
hosted, she would carry her own "Pepsi Cola" which was already open--and spiked with vodka--onto the stage. The beverage relaxed Joan without any problems (during the taping the prop master provided the "spiked soda"). Crawford was a very gracious lady. After each of her appearances on the show, every member of the crew and staff received a hand-written "thank you" note, sent from her New York address. Kate Smith
, on the other hand, insisted that her "cola" be carried out by the prop master, unopened (she did not want any rumors that her can of soda was spiked). She also carried a Kodak brownie camera during her show engagement, snapping pictures throughout her rehearsal and the taping of the show. Upon completion of her host assignment, each crew and staff member received a "Kodak moment" with their picture as they were performing their show assignment; included with the small photograph was Kate's personally signed thank-you note. These two personalities were the only hosts during the six seasons to send a personal "thank you" to each member of the crew and staff. See more
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Performed by the Les Brown Orchestra and then the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra See more