Hullabaloo was originally a one-hour music variety show, airing from 8:30-9:30 on Tuesday nights. In June 1965, it shifted to the 10 PM slot, but three months later, the network cut the show to thirty minutes and moved it to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, where it remained to the end of its run, whereupon it was replaced by the sitcom, The Monkees.
On December 6, 1965, the day before my mother’s birthday, I went to my very first TV show. My sister was “dating” Tony Hicks of the Hollies and they were performing on the show. I can remember my mother telling Denyse, that she could not go unless I came along. This was a great moment for me! Perhaps I would be on TV! We grabbed a cab and arrived at NBC’s Studio 8-H in the Radio City complex in Rockefeller Center. This is the same studio that now houses Saturday Night Live. The show was basically a variety show not unlike the Ed Sullivan Show or it’s West Coast competition Shindig.
Here are a few of the videos and a set list of the artists who performed that night back in December 1965:
1) Frankie Avalon (guest host) – “Do I Hear A Waltz?” Frankie Avalon
Frankie Avalon introduces the individual members of the Hollies.
2) The Hollies – “Look Through Any Window” The Hollies
Frankie Avalon sings a few lines from “Nancy With The Laughing Face” to introduce the next guest.
3) Nancy Sinatra – “So Long Babe” Nancy Sinatra
4) The Ronettes – “You Baby” The Ronettes
5) Lola Falana – “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely” (“Loverly”) Lola Falana
6a) Frankie Avalon – “Hullabaloo Theme”
6b) A few lines from the Bonanza Theme are performed.
6c) Frankie Avalon – “Bewitched” theme
6d) Nancy Sinatra, Lola Falana, and Frankie Avalon – “The Andy Griffith Show” theme
6e) Frankie Avalon – “Moon River”
6f) Lola Falana & Nancy Sinatra – “Beverly Hillbillies” theme
6g) Frankie Avalon – “Everybody Loves Somebody”
6h) Lola Falana & Nancy Sinatra – Theme from “Flipper”
6i) Frankie Avalon – “Branded” (a line or two from song)
6j) Theme from “The Flintstones” theme
6k) “Action” theme (end of medley)
7) The Yardbirds – “I’m A Man” (Hullabaloo A Go-Go segment) The Yardbirds
What I find most interesting about this show was all of the synchronicity that occurred. The bad news… Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty came to our apartment to visit my sister. My father, who didn’t like any of this “Long hair” stuff was quite rude and obnoxious. The good news…. 1966 B side of “Shapes of Things” was a song titled New York City Blues. Any similarities to the real thing are purely true however, the shotgun was just a metaphor.
New York City Blues-Lyrics Keith Relf/Chris Dreja
If you’ve ever been to New York City, You know what I’m talking about, Yes you do.
Well, if you’ve ever been to New York City, You know what I’m talking about,
They got such pretty little girls in that big town, Make a man want to jump around and shout.
I met a little girl there, She was about five foot eight.
I said “I want you to love me.” She said “Why man, that’d be great.”
So,I got long hair but, She took me back, Back to see her pad,
But the first thing I saw when I arrived there, Was a big black shiny shotgun, In the hands of her dad. Alright now, this is how it was, Oh no! Well all right!
I finally learned my lesson, Such a long time ago, Next little woman that I date, I’ve got to know,
I’ve got to know her family too. Yes indeed, I gotta know her family too.
But if you don’t want to be filled full of shotgun holes, Mister, this song is just for you.
The 2nd interesting occurrence has to do with Frankie Avalon. I am visiting my in laws on Cape Cod back in the summer of 1996 and I get a phone call from an old friend who was road manager for “Dick Fox’s Golden Boys: Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell.” The Golden Boys Their bass player had gotten ill and he was wondering if I could fill in for him for a few days. I told him I was on Cape Cod and would not be back in NY for a couple of weeks. Would you believe he said, that’s perfect! We are playing the Cape Cod Melody Tent tomorrow! I was really excited to speak with Frankie and talk about the show. He was wonderful to talk to. A great guy!