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
From Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of the world. ABC-TV presents "The Hollywood Palace!"
Did You Know?
A parking lot adjacent to the Hollywood Palace Studio/Theater became a production area for circus trapeze and animal acts, which required a greater footprint for staging. CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show
(1948) in New York could not accommodate these performers. The unique staging area became a major asset for the performers appearing on this show. 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 slotted into the series show schedule. These acts and performances required considerable financial outlay for travel expenses, set-ups, residential accommodations and contract agreements. Producers Nick Vanoff
and William O. Harbach
spared no expense to showcase novel world-renowned performers. On a side note, the Knickerbocker Hotel was located directly behind the Hollywood Palace Theater and the hotel's rooftop sign could be seen in the show's opening credits, leading many viewers who were planning a vacation in Hollywood to attempt to book reservations at the hotel. However, the Knickerbocker had been purchased by the Methodist Church for a retirement home; the Methodists were not running a hotel and were constantly turning away 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