Upon researching this performance we have discovered that it had incorrectly been attributed to episode # 9. A close examination of the video reveals the drumheads of the Walker Brothers and TheeMidnighters, both of whom were guests on episode # 10. Furthermore we believe that Neil Sedaka and Donna Loren, also guests on episode # 10, can been seen dancing behind Jackie in this performance. Therefore we have assigned it to episode # 10 and moved the taping and airing dates ahead by one week.
As is the case in all of Jackie'sHOLLYWOOD A GO-GOappearances she is the star and focal point, with the dancers being relegated to the background. This was the first of her six appearances (episode # 5, 10, 19, 24, 35, 39) on the show. Jackie was the complete package with her stunning looks, great voice, songwriting ability, dancing prowess, and stage presence. All of her performances from this first one and right on through to the last on episode # 39 were memorable.
Jackie had some great moves and liked to dance while she was singing. The tiny riser (platform) that she had to balance on and contend with during this song severely constricted her movements. We never see this tiny wedge box again.
On the main stage DALE, DeANN, and MIMI run through a great little dance routine which is performed several times on the earlier episodes.
This is a fun video to watch on account of the stellar hand-jiving performance by the six GAZZARRIDANCERS who appear in it. A similar routine would be used five months later in a Bo Diddley performance. In the front row we see ROBERTA, JACQUI, and DALE. Behind them are LUCILLE, DeANN, andMIMI.
Shirley Ellis also does a perfect job of lip-synching a fast paced, linguistic jumble of a song. "The Name Game" had peaked in the Top Ten on the charts only a month earlier.
There aren't many performances where we see only three GAZZARRI DANCERS. In this one we see LUCILLE, JACQUI, and MIMI on the main stage running through a repetitive routine probably created by JACQUI. The three missing dancers, DeANN, ROBERTA and DALE, were most likely in another part of the studio not covered by the cameras.
The Beau Brummels had a pair of top-twenty hits, with this being the first, and were highly regarded throughout their career for their innovative sound. "Laugh Laugh" is one of the great hits from 1965 and began its four week run in the top-twenty the month previous to this taping.
You can find a photo related to this story on our DALE VANN page. The photo shows DALE in a restaurant with Declan Mulligan from the Beau Brummels. It was taken within a few weeks of this taping and it is reasonable to assume that DALE first met Declan on the set.
During this performance we find six GAZZARRI DANCERS divided into two groups. Behind James Brown we see LUCILLE, JACQUI, and DeANN working out one of the more creative routines this early in the show's run. JACQUI is clearly the featured dancer.
DALE, ROBERTA, and MIMI are seen dancing a completely different routine and wearing different outfits on another side of the set simultaneously.
Although this video is supposed to feature James Brown, who does some fancy footwork in the first minute, the cameramen then clearly spent more time showing us the moves of the dancers. At this time ROBERTA and LUCILLE were both recent recruits and already they were fitting in well with the rest of the girls. JUNE would soon be onboard. A group of still unidentified dancers, who were on the very early episodes of the show, were being replaced by newer ones such as the aforementioned. This was about the time that KHJ and AL BURTON were starting to realize that many viewers were tuning in to watch the GAZZARRI DANCERS, and accordingly they were being given more prominence and camera time. Stars were being born.
The "Duke" himself makes an appearance on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO to perform his 1962 smash hit "Duke of Earl". Gene Chandler is suitably dressed in his best royal formal attire.
The show would mostly use contemporary musical guests to perform their latest hits, but on occasion they would dip back into the past to feature performers such as Gene, Frankie Lyman, or the Everly Brothers.
FiveGAZZARRI DANCERSappear in this video: ROBERTA,DeANN, JACQUI,LUCILLE, andMIMI. They alldance in unison for the entire performance in their bare midriff outfits.
Like the Sinners and the Walker Brothers, the Jon Paul Twins were originally hired by Bill Gazzarri to be frequent performers at Gazzarri's nightclub. The fact that all three groups became performers on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO is is not to say that Bill was involved in booking guests on the show(he wasn't), but more an indication that these up and coming eager groups were a good fit for the show and readily available.
John and Harry Paul Vorhaben really were twins and were veterinary students until a musical career intervened. We know that they were on at least two early HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO episodes, and there is an episode # 8 photograph of them on the set located on our home page. By the late 1960s they had become country musicians performing as the ChaparralBrothers and had released two albums on Capitol Records. They later moved on to Branson, MO and performed until Paul died in 1994.
Their drummer, Dick Laurey, began his musical career in the 1950’s. After a stint in the military, he worked as a studio musician for Capitol Records, taught and played rock, jazz and dinner theater in Southern California, Hawaii and Las Vegas.
The GAZZARRI lineup is a solid one with DeANN, MIMI, JACQUI, DALE, LUCILLE, and ROBERTAallperforming on the main stage. This would prove to be the first steady group of dancers after a mixture of short termers on the early episodes. These six were in place by episode # 13, and possibly one or two episodes earlier. OSCAR WILLIAMS had not yet arrived and the somewhat intricate choreography of this performance was most likely put together by JACQUI LANDRUM. This was her first choreographic job in a long and distinguished career in the field.
Note the brief interaction between SAM and DeANNat the very beginning of the video where she seamlessly waves at him while continuing to dance.
This cute performance features Sue Thompson with the second of her three Top-Twenty charting hits. "Norman" was a hit in January 1962, a little more than three years prior to this taping. In spite of a few more charting records Sue drifted over to the country music by the late 1960s. She was just a few months shy of her 30th birthday when she appeared on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO. That would make her 87 years old at present (2013), leading us to believe that she could be the oldest surviving performer from the show.
Even though there are five GAZZARRI DANCERS in this performance we get only a few moments to watch them, no doubt due to the cameras being focused on the very attractive Miss Thompson. DeANN, JACQUI, MIMI, LUCILLE, and ROBERTA are all wearing tight skirts and we briefly get to see some twirling moves much like those two episodes later with LUCILLE and MIMI on the Glenn Yarbrough performance.
For this performance we get to see the Sinners doing a rousing rendition of the Gerry & the Pacemakers tune "It's Gonna Be Alright". This surely rates as one of the best efforts by the HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO house band. The feedback must have been excellent because we get to see them performing it again eleven weeks later on episode # 26, and then again on episode # 31.
We also have an excellent lineup of GAZZARRI DANCERS. New hire ROBERTA mixes in well with DALE, DeANN, and JACQUI,who are all on the main stage. LUCILLE is on the floor and is visible briefly at the 2:00 mark. We assume that MIMI, who we can not see, is located near LUCILLE.
OSCAR WILLIAMSmakes a rare visit to the set for some fancy moves. OSCARwas listed as being the "dance coordinator", a rather nebulous term that leads us to believe that he had some input into the choreography, as well as being the leader of the troupe. But by this time JACQUI LANDRUMwas onboard and we do know that for the later episodes she was the primary choreographer. It is difficult to say how great her influence might have been at this early stage.
Unknown to all, except those who viewed the very first episodes late in 1964 and early 1965, was that there were male GAZZARRIDANCERS. The earliest tape that has surfaced is from episode # 6 and we know that the male dancers were gone by then.
Besides performing a cover of Gerry & the Pacemakers' "It's Gonna Be Alright" on this episode (see previous capsule), the Sinners also took on the Animals' hit "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". It was March 1965, at the height of the British Invasion, so their choice of songs should come as no surprise.
But the real action here is on the dance floor, which was cleared to allow our sensational six GAZZARRIDANCERSspace to perform a floor routine. This is the same formula that was used to good effect on the Donnie Brooks "Can't Help Loving You" performance from episode # 9.
The dancers are divided into two rows of three each. The front row has MIMI, DeANN, and JACQUI(left to right), while the less tenured dancers, DALE, LUCILLE, and ROBERTA, are in the back row (left to right). Although we have no clear proof we think that this routine was choreographed by JACQUI. The dance style and upper body movement resembles work that she put together on later episodes where we know that she was the choreographer. This was the infancy of her long and illustrious career as a professional choreographer, and it is very interesting to watch. The two lines of three dancers glide effortlessly through each other multiple times in perfect timing. This was a portent of more great choreography to come from JACQUIon future episodes.
T1 - LAWRENCE PAYTON T2 - LEVI STUBBS T3 - DUKE FAKIR T4 - RENALDO BENSON
This is a superb performance by one of the Motown elite, the Four Tops. Their long list of classic hits, their professionalism, their longevity (the original four members remained intact through the mid 1990s) - it all adds up to an enviable legacy. Lead singer Levi Stubbs (coincidentally, a cousin of Jackie Wilson) puts on an impeccible lip-synching display. The song was a smash hit in October 1964, a mere six months before this taping.
We get to see six GAZZARRI DANCERS in this clip. DALE and LUCILLE are seen seated on ladders while swaying to the tune. On the main stage are MIMI, DeANN, and JACQUI, while ROBERTA is on the runway. Other than the DALE and LUCILLEcoverage none of the dancers are seen up close as the cameras remain focused on the Four Tops.
This was Ian's first visit to HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO and it would prove to be a memorable day in his life. Ian met his first American girlfriend, DALE VANN, on April 10, 1965, the day of this episode's taping. Ian talks at length about his relationship with DALE in his "Letters From Lotusland" which is on DALE'S page on this website. Ian can tell the story better in his own words than this writer or anyone else. He would also be back in a few months to perform this song again on episode # 30. This song reached the USA top-ten in July 1965 and remains Ian's biggest hit.
During the introduction we get to see a jovial SAM with DALE and DeANN on either side of him. The dancer we see the most of is one of our still unidentified "mystery dancers" (all blondes). If any viewer knows who this lady is please contact us.
This up tempo instrumental by Davie Allan & the Arrows has the GAZZARRI ladies working out at full speed. This is one of DALE'Sstellar moments as she shows us some great go-go-ing on her solo platform while MIMI, DeANN, and LUCILLE rock the house on the main stage. We get a close up look at ROBERTA, albeit from a rear angle and in the shadows. And we find one of our mystery dancers, "blonde # 1", sitting on the far right of the stage. We do get a much better look at her on the Sinners' performance of "The Last Time" from this same episode. This was the episode where DALE first met Ian Whitcomb (see previous capsule).
Here we have another up tempo performance from the Arrows. This time Dave Allan and his bandmates take on a song that had been recorded and popularized prevoiusly by several other artists. "Apache" originally was a 1960 hit for the Shadows in the U.K. The version that most Americans are familiar with is the one by Jorgen Ingmann which became a huge hit in 1961 and spent ten weeks in the Top-Twenty. Next up were the Ventures who recorded it in 1962. And in 1965 the Arrows added it to their repertoire and renamed it "Apache '65", but in essence it was the same song.
We are a bit short on GAZZARRI DANCERS, with only DeANN, ROBERTA, and DALE being visible. DALEis seen only briefly to the left of the stage, while DeANN and ROBERTA frame the Arrows and keep up with the frantic tempo. MIMI and LUCILLE were most likely positioned out of camera range.
This great tune was the theme song from the 1965 movie of the same name starring Steve McQueen and LeeRemick. It was also Glenn's highest charting record, reaching the Top-Twenty the month after this episode was broadcast. He would return to the show fifteen weeks later to perform the tune again. Glenn was the lead singer in the folk group the Limeliters who performed from 1959-1963, and like several other male singers from folk groups of that era he went on to a noteworthy solo career.
The video of this performance starts with the unusual angle of viewing DeANN'Shair from behind while SAM went through his introduction. We don't see DeANNagain in this performance. Perhaps she was dancing out of camera range? We do however see the appropriately raincoat attired LUCILLE and MIMI dancing and twirling on the main stage with quite pleasant results. Note that LUCILLE'S dark raincoat contrasts her blonde hair and MIMI's light colored raincoat contrasts her dark brunette hair.
This raincoat fashion statement was nothing unusual for the GAZZARRI DANCERS. Several times some of the dancers modeled at fashion themed promotional appearances on non-taping days. We have newspaper ad records of this as well as personal recollections from the dancers. DALE modeled professionally as a teenager before appearing on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO, and both LUCILLE and GWEN did modeling work after the show ended.
Seated on a ladder and swaying in time to the tune is one of our still unidentified short term blonde dancers. Perhaps one of our readers can identify her?
The Larks were a L.A. based group that started in the mid-50s as the Meadowlarks. Their one constant was Don Julian, the lead singer and writer of "The Jerk". It was their only charting record and it soared to # 1 on the Cashbox R&B chart, and reached # 7 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Lark member Ted Walters, who appears alone behind his two bandmates was 6' 4" tall, giving him the distinction of most likely being the second tallest performer on the show behind Ted "Lurch" Cassidy.
We only get to see three GAZZARRI DANCERS, ROBERTA, MIMI, and LUCILLE in this video. The rest are most likely just out of camera range. It's a treat to see ROBERTA and LUCILLE up close. Both had only been on the show for only a few weeks at this point, and both do not disappoint. Their attractive skirts and blouses were soon to be replaced with much tighter fitting outfits.