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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was the orchestra leader for the show's first season (1964-65). Producer Nick Vanoff
, having worked with Mitchell Ayres
on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall
(1948) in New York, hired him as the show's orchestra leader for the following seasons (1965-69). During the summer 1969 hiatus, Ayres was in Las Vegas working with Connie Stevens
in her show at the Landmark Hotel nightclub. On the evening of September 5, crossing the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Landmark Hotel, Ayres was struck and killed by a vehicle. His conducting position was filled by Nick Pietro for the final (1969-70) season. See more
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Performed by the Les Brown Orchestra and then the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra See more