Saturday, October 6, 2018

SHINDIG HALLOWEEN SHOW - Season 2 - Episode 14 (1965)

Tonight's All Soul's Day Special is the Halloween episode numbered 2.14 of the popular 60's thirty minute musical TV show called "Shindig!"

The host of "Shindig was a fellow named Jimmy O'Neill.

The guest host of this episode was up and coming teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman!

Bobby rides a bicycle, falls down, and does two very short Beatles covers "Help," and "I'm Down!" 
Pretty tricky!

Because it's a special Halloween show, Lurch from "The Addams Family" shows up!

Ted Cassidy, six foot nine inches tall, and he only lived to be 46! What a shame!

Still very popular at the time, Boris Karloff is the real star of the scary show!

This is where it gets bizarre! Boris does a cover of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "The Monster Mash" who was doing a Boris impersonation, so Boris is actually copying a guy who was copying him!

The main backing band on this episode were Jim Doval and the Gauchos who were at about the height of their career. I don't know what happened, maybe somebody found out they were from Fresno, but these guys just kind of disappeared after this.

We used to watch a teen dance TV show after school in the 60's broadcast from Fresno called "KMAK Cabaret" that Jim Doval was on a lot. I sold this record of his I had a few years ago. It's pretty weird!

Jackie and Gayle perform "Everybody's Gone To The Moon!" Everybody except them, unfortunately!

Bobby strikes back with "Memphis!"
 "Hello Information........"

The Spokesman perform Phil Ochs' "There But For Fortune!" 44 years later and a song by The Spokesman was used on "Breaking Bad!"

I don't know what to say about them having Boris talk/sing "The Peppermint Twist," except it could have only been weirder if Salvador Dali had been there with him singing background vocals!

It's is really amazing how things work. Billy Preston is here playing on this show with Jim Doval, and while Jim's career seemingly went nowhere, four years later Billy Preston would be considered by many to be the fifth Beatle!

Billy Preston's organ dominated the Beatles tune "Get Back" so much that it got him a credit as being the only person whose name would be officially used on a Beatles' song beside The Beatles!

Even if this a terrible crappy copy of the show, you've got to admit it makes you feel good to see Lurch out of makeup and smiling!
"No Matter What They Say.......ROCK ON!"

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