I had a chance to view this episode (without commercials) and don't have enough good words to say about it.
The opening sequence is brilliant. Bobby Sherman is always great, Donna Loren is magnificent, Freddy Cannon is a personal favorite (and to my knowledge this is his only Shindig! appearance) and he can "woo" with the best of them. The Chambers Brothers/Righteous Brothters/Blossoms ending is wonderful too.
Jimmy O'Neill's bit about Freddy Cannon's mother was funny...as is his arching of the eyebrows after introducing Donna Loren.
Donna Loren is a vocal standout with her take on "Rock Me In The Cradle of Love" - and she dances a bit with the girls toward the end of the song! That rocked. When Bobby Sherman comes up for the duet, they both look like they're reading the lyrics from teleprompters, but they still manage to look fresh and lively. Their dancing bit was kinda funny tho :-)
Bobby Vinton's peformance of Mr. Lonely was a very touching point of the show, especially since this show was broadcast before the big troop escalation in Vietnam. I've always like him and his music.
I had fun watching a young, jazzy, sassy, skinny, pre-Atlantic Records Aretha Franklin. She clearly enjoyed performing for the audience and the cameras. She had all the vocal power and depth that would pour through on her Atlantic recordings.
The Righteous Brothers performance of "Baby What You Want Me to Do", while not as visually stimulating as Donna's or Aretha's performances was made just as lively with the Shindig dancers providing the visual stimulation.
I love Freddy Cannon, but I have to admit I had to listen a few times to get the words to "Too Much Monkey Business". I LOVED the monkey bars and slide setup, that was a brilliant set choice. And of course, everybody monkeys ;-) I think he had a little help with some of his "woos" on this song tho ;-) He was clearly loving this...and the audience seemed to love Freddy Cannon.
The tempo slows down for Aretha Franklin's "Running Out of Fools", which was her current/latest single (being released on 9/19/64 and peaking at #57). I love the way she sings the word "fools". Again, she lights up the screen.
Almost simultaneous with her last note, Bobby Sherman starts singing "Farmer John". You can see that the band, the dancers, the Blossoms, and the Chambers Brothers are rocking with Bobby. Bobby Sherman definitely knows how to look at the camera and give those great expressions.
Next, Jimmy O'Neill introduces Bobby Vinton while standing on a ladder. Then Bobby is sourrounded by pretty girls, some of whom are on ladders while he sings "Roses are Red". The ladder thing was cool...but I still don't understand it :-) I also want a sweater like Bobby's.
Jack Good then starts doing the twist, tipping his bowler hat and introducing next week's acts: Chubby Checker, Manfred Mann, The Dixie Cups, and Tommy Quickly. Jimmy O'Neill then thanks all the guests and introduces the Chambers Brothers finale.
Now two of the things I like most about Shindig! are the intros and finales. This ending was spectacular! It was like a rousing gospel sendoff. It was a foot stomping, hand clapping event. The choreography and dancers were spectacular.
Overall I thought the show was wonderful....not a flat note or dull moment at all.moreless