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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fired the first "Billboard Girl" after the fifth show. She was a member of the Tom Hansen Dancers
, and was also appearing on CBS' The Red Skelton Hour
(1951), which became a scheduling problem for the leggy and curvaceous showgirl. After missing several rehearsals and showing up late on taping day, Vanoff fired the girl and replaced her the following week with Raquel Welch
. Patrick Curtis
, Welch's manager and later her husband, accompanied her when she was scheduled for rehearsal and show taping day. Curtis, always sitting in the last-row aisle seat adjacent to the orchestra area, became a fixture, like a "Brinks Guard" guarding his property. These "Hollywood Palace Billboard" segments, at the end of the variety hour, introduced Welch to viewers and, more importantly, to industry insiders. She was soon noticed by agents and movie producers, and stayed on the series for a few more years before embarking on what became a long and successful career. 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