Shivaree was a 30-minute rock 'n' roll series hosted by LA disc jockey Gene Weed.
Many of the top recording artists of the mid-1960s appeared on Shivaree, including The Byrds, The Crystals, Marvin Gaye, The Kinks, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, The Supremes, and The Yardbirds.
The series was taped at ABC Television Center in Los Angeles. Most of the episodes used a multi-level set that resembled scafalding. These levels included elevated platforms for the dancers, balconies for some of the performers and audience members, and steps leading down to the main stage.
Shivaree premiered on January 23, 1965 as a local series on KABC, channel 7, the ABC network's Los Angeles affiliate. In April 1965, starting with episode #7, ABC put the series into national syndication. (Episodes 1 - 6 are believed to have only been shown on KABC-7.)
Other cities got the episodes several weeks after they aired in LA. New York City, for example, was five weeks behind Los Angeles. (This guide lists the original Los Angeles airdates.)
Shivaree remained in syndication through episode #58. Cities across the country then aired reruns of the series through the Summer of 1966. In Los Angeles, however, Shivaree reverted to being a local series with twelve more episodes produced for KABC-7. (One of these final twelve, Show #67, taped at Malibu Beach, might have been nationally syndicated.) KABC-7 aired the final, new episode on May 28, 1966, then aired reruns through August 27, 1966.
ABC/Disney are the current owners of Shivaree. Only Shows #7 through #58 (the nationally syndicated ones), along with Show #67, are known to survive.
Special thanks to everyone who helped on this guide. This includes Ben Chaput who spent numerous hours researching the Los Angeles TV listings for this series.