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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ABC Television became a color network in September 1965, converting the Hollywood Palace Theater as its first West Coast "color-video" studio facility. At the end of the second show taping-season the studio underwent major electronic conversion from May through August 1965. The Lawrence Welk Show
(1951) was moved from the Talmadge-Prospect ABC TV main lot to the Hollywood Palace Theater in September 1965 and stayed there until June 1966. The weekly schedule was divided between the two shows, allowing the Welk show to set up, rehearse and tape on Tuesday. "The Hollywood Palace" maintained its regular load-in, rehearsal and taping schedule, Saturday afternoon (Dress) and evening (Show) taping. The Welk Show had to reduce its orchestra size for the stage footprint. When Lawrence Welk
was given the orchestra layout and plan, with a pencil, he drew a line on the right side of the orchestra, saying, "Get rid of them!" During this winter/spring period, ABC converted electronic color conversion on the main lot "Welk Stage" and other stage facilities. Welk and his production returned to the main lot, remaining on his "Welk Stage E" until ABC canceled the series. Welk Production Syndication remained on the main lot, until it was moved back to the "Hollywood Palace" stage. The Welk Show then moved to CBS Television City to tape its syndicated series, ending and closing down taping of its variety show. The commercials during this period were in black and white (only Monsanto commercials were filmed in color). Advertisers did not catch up with the color transition for two years. See more
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