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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Larri Thomas, a featured "Goldwyn Girl" in the classic Samuel Goldwyn film 1955 musical "Guys and Dolls", was the original 1964 "Hollywood Palace - Billboard Girl". At the end of each show, Larri Thomas would join the Saturday's closing evening's show host, with the next week's "bill-board sheet"; handing the prop yellow "Play Bill" to the host, who announced the show's next Saturday night host and the variety show's line-up for featured guest talents. During the 1963-1964 CBS network television production season, Larri Thomas, with her husband Bruce Hoy, were part of choreographer Tom Hansen's team of dancers appearing on the CBS TV "Red Skelton Hour". Show rehearsals and taping schedules between the CBS Skelton show and the ABC Palace show conflicted. With the distance between the CBS-TV Fairfax at Beverly Boulevard studio and the Hollywood and Vine Hollywood Palace ABC-TV Studio cross town locations, Larri was frequently late. After the sixth show, missing preliminary "Hollywood Palace" tape day rehearsals. Vanoff replaced Larri Thomas with unknown Raquel Welch. In 1965, Larri became a featured dancer on the NBC-TV Studio-Burbank variety series "The Dean Martin Show". After Dean Martin hosted several "Hollywood Palace" shows, with minimum rehearsal, showing up to read the host cue cards for the taped (audience) 5:00 pm dress rehearsal and the 8:00 pm air show, Dean negotiated a very successful television variety series with NBC Television. 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