Hootenanny (1963–1964)

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Musical variety show, originating from a different college campus each week, featuring various pop-folk groups of the period. Unfortunately, a combination of blacklisting certain ... See full summary »

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Musical variety show, originating from a different college campus each week, featuring various pop-folk groups of the period. Unfortunately, a combination of blacklisting certain controversial performers (most notably Pete Seeger), several major performers boycotting the show as a result (most notably Peter, Paul, and Mary and the Kingston Trio), and the rise of the British Invasion in early 1964 condemned this show, well-remembered by its many fans, to a two-season run. Written by Bob Sorrentino

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6 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Bill Cosby, Carly Simon, and Cass Elliott all made their network TV debuts on the show. See more »


Referenced in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) See more »

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Groundbreaking intro to folk music
1 October 2010 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I, along with many other people, was introduced to folk music via this network TV show, an exposure that was welcome and unfortunately apparently forgotten, given the zero comments and lack of IMDb votes (not a reliable barometer, but certainly an indicator of lack of sustained interest).

As a young jazz fan back then, more likely to be attending performances in my home town of Cleveland by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Roland Kirk, Les McCann or Jimmy Smith rather than by vocalists, I was deeply impressed by the musical performances on this show, and the sincerity of the performers. I recall the Bill Cosby episode, and also one not listed in IMDb, that spotlighted the duo Joe and Eddie, whose hit song "There's a Meeting Here Tonight" still resonates with me so many decades later.

This was a quality presentation, live on campus, and without the hokum that ruins more modern showcases on TV of what I guess we could call "alternative" musical forms (just watch those hokey Public Television specials let alone pledge week crap to see what I mean). Nostalgia had not set in yet, and in fact many of these performers, such as Cosby and Mama Cass, were brand new faces to the general public.

Growing up with jazz I was always thrilled to see it spotlighted by Steve Allen and others, but both jazz & folk music have gotten short shrift on network TV in recent decades with the rise of inferior talk shows (take your pick) addicted to rock. The diversity of music available in the '60s when I was growing up was pretty amazing, given the fact that commercialism was king back then just as it is today. I guess the mechanisms to weed out any hint of quality or life in "mass" programming have become more sophisticated over the years.

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