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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Hosting four Hollywood Palace shows in the third (1965-1966) season, Fred Astaire, was featured in his unique dance style in each show. Barrie Chase was his partner in his third and fourth Hollywood Palace appearances. During the taping of Fred's production dance number, the director, Grey Lockwood, would stop the dance number, citing a technical problem, allowing Fred to catch his breath, while pausing for a rest stop. Grey Lockwood would resume the dance number after apologizing to Mr. Astaire for the "technical problem"! For four of the Astaire-host-shows, Fred Astaire's dance number was rehearsed on camera - allowing the pacing dictating how many "technical problems" should occur. Editing the dance number together, the finished dance seemed uninterrupted! Because of these Hollywood Palace appearances, Astaire produced his own Emmy NBC TV dance special in 1967-68, utilizing Jim Trittipo as his production designer. 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