Sunday, May 4, 2008

Hullabaloo with guest hosts Jerry and Gary Lewis (1965)

This goes down in history as one of those incredibly awkward Jerry Lewis things, one of countless uncomfortable moments in his showbiz career. In 1965, Gary Lewis and The Playboys were a huge deal on the pop charts and Jerry Lewis' legendary insecurity did not seem able to cope with his son's success, regardless of the grandstanding about how "proud of him" he said he was. Here we see Jerry trying mercilessly to upstage his son throughout this episode of teen rock show Hullabaloo.

1 comment:

Neal said...

Wow! What a piece of pop culture history! It's amazing that you could have such a mix of music on one show. Wouldn't happen today. And this was probably right before everything fell apart for both Gary and Jerry. Gary went off to Vietnam and spent years getting over post-traumatic stress disorder. Jerry hurt his back around this time and became addicted to pain pills, all the while his film career went down the tubes. Interesting to see them at their peak.