Petticoat Junction: Season 3, Episode 8

Hooterville a Go Go (9 Nov. 1965)

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The Every Other Wednesday Afternoon Discussion Club, with its new member Lisa Douglas, is planning on holding a square dance (which beat out a gay 90's party) as a high school benefit. The ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
Lori Saunders ...
Billie Jo Bradley (credit only)
Rufe Davis ...
Smiley Burnette ...
Milton Frome ...
Reece Garrett
Susan Walther ...
Henrietta Watson
Maudie Prickett ...
Tillie Finney
Jay Ripley ...
Paul De Rolf ...
Ray Hemphill ...
King Ring A Ding aka Herbie Willis


The Every Other Wednesday Afternoon Discussion Club, with its new member Lisa Douglas, is planning on holding a square dance (which beat out a gay 90's party) as a high school benefit. The kids don't think it's a good idea as a square dance is, well, square. They'd much prefer a dance with music by someone like King Ring a Ding, the biggest recording star in their musical world. Kate won't hear of it as she doesn't consider King Ring a Ding's music as being music. Regardless, the Bradley girls decide to try and get King Ring a Ding to perform at a benefit. Who shows up unexpectedly at the hotel instead is Herbie Willis, who used to live in Hooterville and who Kate encouraged to become a singer as she loved his lyrical voice and soothing rendition of traditional folk songs. Kate wants Herbie to sing at the benefit. What Kate and girls don't realize is that both Herbie and King Ring a Ding can't perform at the benefit together because... When Herbie hears that no tickets have been sold ... Written by Huggo

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Per the title, the Go-Go is a 1960's era dance club. See more »


References Green Acres (1965) See more »


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How Was Elvis and the Beatles Music Regarded?
30 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Phyllis Diller once said the opinion was the music ushered in by Elvis and the Beatles would fade away and Perry Como and Frank Sinatra would be popular once more.

In fact, I Wanna Hold Your Hand was taken from the #1 spot by a Dean Martin tune, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, if I'm not mistaken.

Jesse Pearson (Bye Bye Birdie) appearing on Beverly Hillbillies to Andy Griffith show gives hint of how the music, perceived as beatnik, was received. Episodes of other shows from the Munsters to even the Flintstones give more insight.

This is Petticoat Junction's offering (tho I believe there are others PJ episode offerings, including later episodes with Mike Minor's singing as tho he is ready to tackle Born Free).

King Ring-a-ding is the popular singer wearing a campy crown and cape, looking like a school teacher. The confusion with the episode is the conclusion when he doesn't wear the wig and crown and is just Hooterville alumni Herbie, no one recognizes him as the popular King.

He looks dorky with or without the crown, wig and cape. Nevertheless, the girls automatically swooning over him gives some hint as to how the trend of music at the time was seen.

That it was all a fabricated getup, giving way to the Brady Bunch's Johnny Bravo episode. They all connect.

I've never liked this episode, but I'll give it to it for it's revelation.

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