This was a Pop Rock weekly variety show seen on NBC As with ABC TVs "Shindig", which began 4 months earlier, this series combined the musical trends of the day, "The British Invasion", ... See full summary »
Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
Top American and British recording artists that were featured included Marvin Gaye, Petulia Clark, Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ian Whitcomb, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann. Jimmy 'O Neil was the series host. Weekly regulars included The Blossoms, featuring Darlene Love , " The Shindig Dancers", Bobby Sherman, The Shindogs rock band and The Righteous Brothers who debuted their now legendary "You've Lost That Loving Feeling". Regular house band members included Billy Preston and Glenn Campbell. Written by
I was born the last year of Shindig! so to me, these videos were really an eye-opener! The videos are a great hint, or shadow of how great the show really was. If you catch a full, original episode, you'll see the show was paced at a speed guaranteed to surpass a jet-propelled rocket to the moon! I, and it seems many others, share your opinion that Shindig! was the better show. Hullabaloo was OK- they had the same stars and all- the what was lacking was the pacing and presentation. Even though Hullabaloo had color episodes, Shindig! had the lighting effects, the better dancers, the better sense of theater and presentation. Hullabaloo always comes off a bit as if the producers were trying to shoehorn rock and roll into a more tame, middle-age-America-friendly form.
There are still good points about Shindig's competition, but I still would have to vote for Shindig! every time!
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