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 »
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", Detroits' "Motown" sound and the merging Folk Rock trend. Unlike "Shindig", this series featured a segment from Great Britian hosted by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein who presented "up and coming" groups. The weekly hosts, at the NBC Bubank studio, included George Hamilton, Roger Smith, Noel Harrison, Paul Anka and Sammy Davis Jr. The performers , from both sides of the Atlantic, included The Four Seasons, The Beatles, Nancy Sinatra, Gary Lewis and The Playboys, Petulia Clark, Barry McGuire, The Kinks, Herman's Hermits, The Byrds and The Lovin' Spoonful Written by
While the series was in color, in its' 2nd season only, during its original run, only a few episodes have survived in color. All the rest of the episodes, including the first season (Jan. - July 1965) have survived on black and white "kinescopes" (TV images recorded on film). This is because NBC destroyed the tapes in the 1970s once Smith-Hemion Productions turned down the offer to take them into their possession. See more »
This "Hullabaloo" special was quite enjoyable but I wanted to see more
This is actually a review of a retrospective special of this show as hosted by Peter Nooone of Herman's Hermits. He intros many of the acts that appeared on the show during its two season run. If not him, then many of the show's guest hosts in vintage clips do it. By the way, because many of the tapes are now lost, most of the clips are black-and-white kinescopes and not the color video originally presented. Anyway, the most exciting of the performances involved the show's dancers, usually female, shaking up a storm like during The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'" or Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" which also has the bizarre sight of giant boots on stage. In some other performances, those dancers are standing still whether as mannequins or, as in The Byrds' "The Times, They Are A-Changin'", as hunters about to aim! Since this aired on PBS, there were also pledge breaks that had interviews with the producer, choreographer, one of the dancers, and Leslie Gore who performed on the show though no clips of any of her songs were shown except as a snippet. Overall, this was quite an enjoyable special but it left me wanting more. Maybe there are some individual eps somewhere here online...P.S. During the Trini Lopez segment where he sang "If I Had a Hammer", my mom reminisced about seeing him in concert with Dad as her date when they lived in Chicago. They happened to have a couple of his albums at the time.
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