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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Les Brown was the orchestra leader for the first season (1964-1965). Nick Vanoff, having worked with Mitchell Ayers on the "Perry Como Show" in New York, hired Mitchell as the Hollywood Palace orchestra leader for the following seasons of shows (1965-1969). During the summer 1969 hiatus of the Hollywood Palace TV show, Mitchell Ayers was in Las Vegas working with Connie Stevens' Landmark Hotel nightclub appearance. On a mid-evening, September 5, 1969, crossing the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Landmark Hotel, Ayers was struck and killed by a vehicle. Mitchell Ayers' conducting position was replaced by Nick Pietro for the final season 1969-1970. 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