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This Jerry and Gary Lewis-hosted version of "Hullabaloo" was a fascinating time capsule from the '60s
Just found on Guba as linked from the Classic Television Showbiz blog this rare surviving color episode of the '60s NBC music series "Hullabaloo" that originally aired on September 20, 1965. The guest hosts for this edition were Jerry Lewis with his son Gary who was hot at the time with his band The Playboys. After the network peacock with the announcer saying, "The following is brought to you in living color by NBC" we see a bevy of female dancers in over-sized shirts moving around as Jerry and Gary sing their version of The Beatles' "Help!" which while nowhere near as good as the classic single is pretty entertaining in its own cheesy way. Then after Pop promises those models were going to dance with son Gary's group, we see The Playboys singing "Everybody Loves a Clown" with six-year-old girls standing or sitting in a playground setting. After the song ends, the blonde one that stood by Gary the whole time asks for his autograph. When he asks if she wants one from his dad as well, she shrugs and says, "Who?" Then Joanie Sommers sings a song about losing someone that was touching. After that, we see Jerry introduce a song written by a 19-year-old (P.F. Sloan) that addresses the social issues of the day (and could do the same for today with just a few lyric changes). It's Barry McGuire's No. 1 hit, "Eve of Destruction". Then we once again see the dancers with many of the guests and hosts singing many of the other Top Ten hits of the day only one of which-McGuire's version of "Hang On Sloopy"-I recognize. At the end of this segment, Gary introduces "My father, the singer", similar to when Jerry said "My son, the singer" earlier, as we hear something Pop Lewis apparently was planning to release. The song and his performance were pretty good although I did detect some mugging. Last we hear Paul Revere and the Raiders in a nightclub setting with the dancers performing a song I did not recognize. After that as the credits roll, Gary and dad Jerry say goodnight as they plug the following weeks lineup with Jerry now wearing one of the Raiders' Revolutionary War outfits and the dancers continue on dancing...This was a fascinating time capsule chronicle of a time before Gary went to Vietnam and suffered post-traumatic stress and Jerry was just getting hooked on pills. And kudos to the uploader who presented the show on Guba in the original video tape version as opposed to the black-and-white kinescops that exist of other surviving "Hullabaloo" shows. Well worth a look for anyone interested in this sort of thing.
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