Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HOOTENANNY HOOT - The Gateway Trio - "Puttin' On The Style" (1963)

Well,  nothing quite says Thanksgiving  and the movies like some good ole fashioned folk music, so on this eve of tasty turkeys, go ahead and fetch yer banjos and mandolins, and let's get the party jumpin' with a down home "Hootenanny Hoot!"

Lucky for ya'll, this ain't no run of the mill hootenanny, this is a MAMMOTH HOOTENANNY, and then some too! Yessireebob!!

 Well, first off, there's some kind of riot going on led by Peter (The Crawling Hand, Shock Corridor) Breck, just like Kevin McCarthy in................

..........."Invasion Of The Body Snatchers!"

But it's all because everybody is that excited about the big "Mammoth Hootenanny" and one of the unforgettable featured acts, The Gateway Trio! I know it's hard to perceive by today's standards, but in 1963, folk music was a flame burning bright! This movie also featured Judy Henske, The Brothers Four, Sheb Wooley, Joe and Eddie, and George Hamilton IV.

Folk music with a whole "West Side Story" style choreographed dance routine, American Pop Culture was on the prowl for something new and different!

And then there were all the crossover acts from the blues and country scenes, like the infamous man in black, Johnny Cash! Just how does any of this add up?

 Over the years, the Hootenanny phenomena has conquered all elements of our culture, like this bitchin'  Bally Hootenanny pinball machine also from 1963!

Mr. Gasser and The Weirdos' album "Hot Rod Hootenanny" featuring Glen Campbell, Leon Russell and Jimmie Haskell, and also appeared out of the blue in 1963! The whole Hootenanny scene was on fire, and a variety act TV show called "Hootenanny" became extremely popular from April of 1963 until September of 1964 before the whole folk scene started to peter out!

These days if you do a search for the word 'Hoot' you'll discover everything you ever wanted to know about the Korean Pop group 'Girl's Generation or...................

...............Everything you never ever wanted to know about the Australian TV kid's show 'Giggle and Hoot!'

Hootenanny was fading fast by 1965, but years later when they released "Once Upon A Coffee House" on DVD, they tried one more time to cash in on the Hoot fad, and renamed this movie "Hootenanny A Go-Go!" Since '65, wild and crazy people have wracked up all these titles for TV and the movies: Acapulco A Go-Gó, She Devils A Go-Go, Caged Lesbos A Go-Go, Hollywood A Go-Go, Roadrunner A Go-Go, Psycho A Go-Go, Winter A Go-Go, Prison A Go-Go, and of course, Monster A Go-go!

In these later days, the Hootenanny concept has been transformed into a theme for Punk Trash-O-Billy concerts all over the country!

The Hootenanny refuses to die, and will now live on for eternity!

Meanwhile, back in September of 1964, the "Hootenanny" TV show quietly exited the air waves, and was replaced with the new hip teen sounds lead by a musical force coming on strong from the United Kingdom, and a new show called "Shindig!" Whereas the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Hootenanny as "a gathering at which folksingers entertain often with the audience joining in," a Shindig is a whole different story, and is defined as a social gathering with dancing, and/or, a usually large or lavish party!!" Now we're talking! Time to loosen those ties, guys!

"Shindig" came on hard and fast, and was one of the best things that aired in the evening on TV for young people! Time for Lawrence Welk to go find something wonderful somewhere else, and make room for music by The Beatles, The Who, The Byrds, Marvin Gaye, Manfred Mann, The Animals, The Zombies, The Yardbirds, The Tempatations, and so much more! The timeless Johnny Cash was one of the very few to make a successful transition from "Hootenanny" to "Shindig!"

Once something gets as big as "Shindig," there's always some novelty acts lurking in the wings! Super-Snooper and Blabber Mouse's "Monster Shindig" album was released in 1966 towards the end of the craze!

Along with Hootenannies, Shindigs are still alive and well today!!

In January of 1965," Shindig" was a little over halfway through it's run when, the all new and in colour "Hullabaloo" came on the scene on NBC while "Shindig" was still going on ABC! Merriam-Webster defines a hullabaloo as "a very noisy and confused situation, or a situation in which many people are upset and angry about something!" Indeed, "The times were a' changin'!"

This "Hullaballo" game wasn't just a game, it was an "Electric Teen Game," and it doesn't seem very angry or upset to me! Maybe it was a different story if you lost!

As far as I know, Johnny Cash never appeared on "Hullabaloo," but just a few years later, he would have his own prime time variety show called "The Johnny Cash Show," featuring the talents of people like Eric Clapton and Carl Perkins! And as you can well see, the term Hullabaloo has persevered all the way into the Simpsons years!

In 1965, "Hullabaloo" hit the height of redundancy when the English group named The Hullabaloos hit the charts with their bleach-blonde Buddy Holly soundin ' release, "The Hullaballoos On Hullabaloo!" I actually have this album! These four poor unfortunate dudes held the honor of the ugliest UK band until A Flock Of Seagulls came along! Hoot, Hoot!!!

 “There's a lot of things blamed on me that never happened. But then, there's a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at.”

― Johnny Cash


Anonymous said...

Absolutely loved this post... you also get bonus points for including a local (to me anyway) kids program "Giggle and Hoot".

cheers from Sydney, Australia

Eegah!! said...

Thanx Mate!! Cheers to you too!!

Grant said...

HULLABALOO had about the most entertaining logo of any variety show.

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Indeed Grant, and especially if you were a 12 year old boy!

K said...

A few years ago (or so), there was a funny lady working as a "courtesy clerk" (aka store entrance/exit watcher) at out local supermarket, who said that back in the day she was a go-go dancer on either SHINDIG or HULLABALOO (I forget which), and the more I chatted with her over the years, the more I was able to track down the stuff she told me about and was able to verify it all! She was for real! But the store suddenly laid off all of their door clerks, so I never saw her again. Damn.

EEGAH!! said...

That's another great story K! Decades ago I went to the local video store, and there was a guy sitting at this card table all by himself, so I went over, and it was Don Newcombe, one of THE greatest baseball players of all time, and he was there to sign autographs for some promotion, but there was nobody there. To show you how much times have changed, these days baseball pitchers don't even bat, but Don Newcombe was so athletic, he was not only a pitcher, they also used him as a pinch hitter! I have that autographed picture hanging on my wall to this day. Sadly, Don passed away almost exactly a year ago.

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