NBC (ended 1966)



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Hullabaloo was a musical variety show on NBC that aired from January 12, 1965 to April 11, 1966 (with reruns continuing until August 29, 1966) and featured some of the most popular pop/rock acts of the mid-60s.
It was introduced as an hour-long show midway through the 1964-65 season. The first thirteen shows featured segments taped in London hosted by the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, who usually introduced a British act. When Hullabaloo returned for it's second season in the fall of 1965, it switched to a half-hour.
Unlike most musical variety shows, Hullabaloo featured a different guest host every week (although several people appeared more than once). One highlight of the show's format was the Top Pop Medley, which had the guest host and featured musical guests doing brief renditions of whatever was hot on the charts at the time. Also, the last song of each episode was usually performed on a set which resembled a mod night club - this was called "Hullabaloo A Go-Go."moreless
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  • Shindig was better.

    This was meant to be NBC's answer to Shindig. Every week, pop acts performed their current hits (or at least lip-synced them), while the Hullabaloo Dancers hopped around the stage. A different host took care of things each week. Despite all the noise and flash, this show never produced any real excitement and was canceled after one season.
  • Such a short life for a fun show

    Hullabaloo was really something different-a music show that attemped to bridge generations and mostly succeeded.I strongly disagree with crazyrhythm-Shindig,while enjoyable,was really a throwback to the 50s:a blaring,unsubtle revue.Hullabaloo on the other hand caught the spirit of the time(zeitgeist,for you sophisticates),the transition from the Frankie Avalons to the Animals.It contained a fair amount of humor,and significantly made all the performers sing live(little or no lipsynching).It combined middle-of-the-road performers(Jerry Lewis,Paul Anka,etc.)with cutting edge acts,like my all-time favorite group,The Byrds in their first national television appearance,looking outrageously scruffy.Also,it was shot in beautiful color.I only wish it had lasted longer than its year plus.moreless

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