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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The seventh show to air was the first one to be hosted by Dale Robertson
. The finale featured the show's "Billboard Girl", Raquel Welch
, joining Robertsonb with a billboard flier featuring the line-up for the next week show. The host would read the paper flier prior to the closing credits. During the dress "taped" show, Robertson handed the billboard flier back to Welch, telling her to read the performers. Unprepared, she tumbled through the reading. During the "actual" taping, Robertson--after receiving the flier--read the performers' and the show's host names. On his second hosting assignment (19th show), Robertson repeated his dress rehearsal reading of the billboard, handing the flier back to Welch. This time she read and expertly announced the performers names. Robertson turned to the audience and said in surprise, "They taught her how to read since I was last here!" It turned out that producer Nick Vanoff
, in order to prevent a repeat of previous embarrassing incident, had Welch read the billboard for each show's dress rehearsal. 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