Welcome to GAZZARRI DANCERS.COM, the premier and most accurate website about the GAZZARRI DANCERS and HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO. Others have tried to copy us; some have gone so far as to plagiarize us, but we remain the fan favorite go-go site with new information, exclusive photos, and videos being added on a regular basis.
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This site is dedicated solely to the elite group of GAZZARRI DANCERS who appeared on the 59 episodes of the late 1964 - early 1966 HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO TV show. It has been created for several reasons, the foremost being to give this group of ladies some very long overdue recognition and thanks for entertaining us. The other main reason is to satisfy the nostalgic curiosity of a large number of baby-boomers who have wondered what ever happened to the dancers over the more than four decades since the end of the show. When this idea first came to me in mid-2008 I was quite surprised that the topic had not been tackled before. The large number of positive YouTube comments about the GAZZARRI DANCERS made it even more surprising. Thinking that a quick internet search would satisfy my own curiosity I found that I could not have been more wrong. I hit a brick wall and a veil of silence, not only about the dancers, but also the TV show. The answers were just not there because it was a locally, and not network, produced show. I took on a partner to help in the research about six months into the project and slowly we started to make progress. The big break came when I finally contacted a former dancer. Because there are still many unanswered questions and missing dancers the research will continue. We are hoping that some readers can help and encourage you to contact us if you can add to or correct anything we have posted.
Starting up in December 1964 and running through February 1966 the show featured an eclectic mix of rock, r & b, and popular music artists, some of whom such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, and Simon &Garfunkel later went on to become major stars. In retrospect however, the show's biggest catch might have been the Rolling Stones who played 3 songs on a May 1965 appearance.
There were two constant presences throughout the run of the series, namely SAM RIDDLEwho was the host, and the GAZZARRI DANCERS.
The GAZZARRI DANCERS carved out a reputation for themselves of being not only the prettiest go-go dancers from amongst the many other competing music shows, but also the hippest. These were no generic cheerleader type dancers, but cutting edge for their time beauties, dancing to the best choreographed routines from the mid-60's.
The dancers on the television show are not to be confused with the go-go dancers in Gazzarri's nightclub. The club had dancers right into the 1990's when it closed down. The dancers on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO were there for only a little more than a year.
There are some performances that are quite memorable. One that constantly draws positive comments is the sixguns, holsters, and cowboy hats routine on the wonderfully choreographed Bobby Fuller 4 "I Fought The Law" performance. This is classic go-go dancing at its best. Another is the hand-jiving during the BoDiddley "Let Me Pass" performance. Check out this video to see just how good these girls were with their timing and coordination.
On this site we would like to introduce you to as many of the dancers that we can currently identify and update you on what has become of them. You can also take in a more detailed history of the show which also includes more information on the dancers and their job. And we have identified the guest musical acts on as many episodes as possible at this time. There are also links to over three hundred HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO videos on YouTube and facebook, all of which feature the fantastic and talented GAZZARRI DANCERS. We have the largest collection of videos from the show and are constantly adding more.
We have also included a brief history of The SINNERS, who have come to be known as the HOLLYWOOD AGO-GO "house band" due to their numerous appearances on the show and their association with Gazzarri's nightclub.
There is also a feedback page where you can leave your comments about this website. Hopefully some of you will be able to help us locate additional dancers or provide additional information about any topic on this site. And lastly there is anacknowledgement page for us to thank the generous people who have allowed us to use theirphotographs on this website.
All of the photographs of the musical guests on this page were taken either on the HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO set or in the KHJ studio.
The photo below shows GAZZARRI DANCERS DALE VANN (front), MIMI MACHU (middle left), JACQUI LANDRUM (rear left), and DeANN MOLLNER (rear right).
In the above photo (left to right) we have: MARIA POGEE, DAWNMICHAELS, DeANN MOLLNER, and JACQUI LANDRUM. The sweaters, pants, and wide belts are the same clothes that the ladies wore on some of the episode # 44 performances. This leads us to believe that the photo dates from the October 16, 1965 taping of this episode. __________________________
Below we see DAWN and MARIA in the lower branches, while JACQUI and DeANNhave taken a higher perch. The location is on West Norton Street, between Santa Monica Blvd. and Sunset Blvd., in L.A. We have not been able to date this photograph yet, but it appears to have been taken on the same October day. Obviously there was a change of clothes involved if this was the case.
A pair of rare photographs, above and below, of The Rolling Stones from their May 1965 appearance. These were taken during their performance of "Play With Fire", as evidenced by Brian Jones playing the harpsicord.
The photograph below shows them on the set with the KHJ cameras ready to roll. To the left of BillWyman is Richard Delvy of The Challengers.Richard is seen passing bandmate RandyNauert's tambourine to Charlie Watts.
HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO host SAM RIDDLE also hosted a daily music dance show on KHJ-TV called 9THSTREET WEST. At the same time he was also a radio DJ. He juggled all three of these jobs at the same time, making him one of the most recognizable radio/television personalities in southern California.
Long before becoming a major star Tina Turner appeared on episode # 8, which was taped in the KHJ-TV studio on February 6, 1965. Tina appeared along with husband Ike and The Ikettes.
The rare photo above shows Donovan performing on episode # 33, which was taped on July 31, 1965. MIMI, LUCILLE, and JUNE are shown (left to right) on the stage. Donovan lip-synched his way through his tune "Catch The Wind", while in the background we can see the Challengers "play-synching" to the original recording.
In the photo below we have (left to right), Bobby Vee, Ian Whitcomb, and SAM RIDDLE. This was taken on July 10, 1965, the taping day for episode # 30.
This wild scene shows JUNE WILSON dancing front and center withThePair Extraordinaire playing. You can also see DeANN in the background on the stage. Unfortunately the photo suffers from damage obtained in a fire at JUNE'S house in the 1970's.
The photo above on the left is from episode # 17 (taped April 10, 1965) and showsThe SINNERS, IanWhitcomb, andGAZZARRI DALE VANNon stage. The photo on the right is also from episode # 17 andshowsIan Whitcomb andChubby Checker.
The Challengers on the set during the filming of episode # 27, which originally aired June 26, 1965. Below is a photo of ChallengersArt Fisher and Randy Nauert from their "The Last Time" performance on episode # 32.
This is a photo of the Jon-Paul Twins appearing on episode # 8, which first aired on February 13, 1965. Note host SAM RIDDLE on the bottom left.
(above)SAMand MIMI(above) stock photo _________________________________________________________________________ (below) TV GUIDE (below) JUNE
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