Friday, July 20, 2007

Summer Time @ Classic Television Showbiz

Time to celebrate summer with some fine fine surf music.

Gary Usher and Roger Christian did great work for The Hondells, swell California surf rockers of the 1960s. What better way to get in the summer mood than to watch a clip from a movie called ... Ski Party (1965). Here are The Hondells rocking on the beach.

Dick Dale and the Del-Tones speed through a rocking distortion of Miserlou in the 1963 B-Movie A Swingin' Affair!

RCA Victor recording artists The Astronauts are one of the forgotten bands of the nineteen sixties. When they sang, which was most of the time, they were mediocre. When they shut up and just played their damn surf guitars they were one of the most exciting bands of the decade. Here they are in the film Surf Party (1964), a drive-in picture that starred Bobby Vinton and also featured Scott Walker!

Bikini Beach (1965) is easily my favorite of the Frankie and Annette beach films and one of the reasons is this integrated skinhead surf band, The Pyramids. Want backflips with your surf music? Yes, please! Don Rickles? Yes, please! Boris Karloff? Little Stevie Wonder? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Bob Denver played a beatnik in the rare beach film For Those Who Think Young (1964). Here he sings the song Ho-Daddy. The picture also starred comedian Woody Woodbury - read more about Woody and this movie over here.

The Beach Boys make their British television debut in 1965 on the popular teen rock program Ready, Steady, Go!

The Beach Girls and The Monster (1965) was kind of a low-budget version of The Horror of Party Beach ... er ... wait a second.

The Mike Douglas Show with guests Patty Duke and Morey Amsterdam (1967)

Two sitcom stars of the early sixties are welcomed by Mike Douglas in July of 1967.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guest Buddy Hackett (again!)

Another funny appearance from Buddy Hackett on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Buddy is now a Classic Television Showbiz regular, just like Muhammad Ali.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Jack Paar Program with guests Bette Davis and Jonathan Winters (1963)

This entire episode is available on the fine SHOUT! Factory DVD set, The Jack Paar Collection.