Hollywood A Go-Go

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"Hollywood A Go-Go" was a Los Angeles based rock 'n' roll series hosted by Sam Riddle. The performers included many well known recording artists, as well as regulars The Sinners and The Gazzarri Dancers.

This 1-hour series was videotaped at KHJ-TV, channel 9. It premiered Dec. 26, 1964 as a local, LA program titled "9th Street a Go Go" (a spin-off of KHJ-TV's weekday series "9th Street West"). By the fifth show (January 23, 1965), it was rechristined "Hollywood a Go Go." In March 1965, the program became nationally syndicated. According to Chicago and New York City TV listings, national syndication began with Show #6. (Since other cities aired the episodes several weeks, or sometimes months, after the LA broadcasts, this guide lists the original LA air dates.)

Hollywood a Go Go's producer, Al Burton, wanted the set to resemble a Sunset Strip-style nightclub. This look was achieved through the use of lower ceilings, special lighting, and brick walls (which upon closer inspection were actually thin walls with painted-on bricks).

The Gazzarri Dancers, the show's go-go dancers, also contributed to the nightclub atmosphere. They didn't wear the wholesome, cheerleader-style clothing seen on other rock 'n' roll TV shows. And their dance moves were considered more risqué...at least for mid-1960s television. In a May 1965 article on the rock 'n' roll industry, TIME magazine made the outrageous claim that the Gazzarri Dancers' moves would "bring a blush to the cheeks of a burlesque stripper." The individual dancers were selected by Al Burton, with input from Bill Gazzarri, the owner of Gazzarri's nightclub on Sunset Strip.

A total of 52 episodes were produced for syndication.

In 1991, performances from "Hollywood a Go Go" were included in the 10-part A&E series "Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll" hosted by John Sebastian.

Special thanks to Ben Chaput for his help on this guide, which wouldn't be possible without his research of Los Angeles TV listings.
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