The Andrews Sisters meet The Supremes!
Jimmy Durante meets Linda Ronstadt. Ha cha cha cha!
Kate Smith meets Cher and Tina Turner. And participates in a Beatles medley!
Bing Crosby meets The Temptations and joins them on "My Girl". Mel Brooks called Bing Crosby "the first hip white guy" and, if you listen to -- especially -- his early recordings, he had a great sense of jazz rhythm and could scat with the best if them. I recall an interview that he did around 1965 where he said that The Beatles were quite talented and should be taken seriously. Not many of his generation felt that way back then.
1930s Big Band great Tommy Dorsey introduces Elvis Presley on Elvis' first, national television appearance January 28, 1956. Dorsey would die later that year.
I wrote a story about this on the articles page. The anniversary was celebrated with a light show synced to Steely Dan's "FM" broadcast on WCBS-FM from the antenna. Drone shots were pretty amazing.
1964. Probably one of the greatest performances in the history of popular music.
With David Letterman. 1982.
Never saw this one before. Paris 1965 (Thanks to Matt Slys for the identification). Amazing that they played so well with everyone screaming in an era before adequate stage monitors so you could hear yourself.
Isn't This Great?
A recently discovered kinescope of a live, closed-circuit TV charity concert from St. Louis in 1965 featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, and Johnny Carson in his heavy drinking days. There must have been cases of booze backstage!
As a film fan, this was a sheer delight to see.
Gregory Peck and Shirley Temple bring down the house.
Her work always fascinated me. Nobody else like her.
Here is Iceland's musical export performing the old Betty Hutton song "Oh, It's So Quiet" on the Tonight Show in 1995.
When I was a teenager, the two big network rock and roll shows were Shindig! on ABC in black and white, and "Hullabaloo" on NBC in color. The thing that I liked about Shindig! is that, for the most part, the acts performed live, whereas on "Hullabaloo" only the singing was live.
From 1965. As mentioned, Hullabaloo was done in color, but very few color tapes exist. Most of the archive are the black and white kinescopes, but here is a rare, surviving color tape clip. One of the trademarks of the show was to have the musical guests perform a medley of some of the hits of the day. The Byrds did The Lovin' Spoonful song "Do You Believe In Magic". They don't look too thrilled about it.
Sequel to the legendary T.A.M.I. Show, shot in 1965 and released in 1966. Not quite as good or acclaimed as The T.A.M.I. Show (which might explain why it appears complete on youtube), but it has its moments. Where else can you experience Joan Baez singing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" in front of an orchestra conducted by Phil Spector who is playing piano! Every one of these performances are 100% "live", by the way.