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40th anniversary of Woodstock? What about 45th of 'Hullabaloo'?

Forget Splendor in the Mud. Next year will mark the 45th anniversary of the best prime-time rock'n'roll show ever: NBC's Hullabaloo. Though it lasted only about 16 months -- it was replaced by The Monkees, of all things -- there's no better time capsule of the 1960s of tall hair and short skirts.

Directed by Steve Binder (who went on to do Elvis Presley's landmark 1968 comeback special) and often hosted from London by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, it was visited by everybody who was anybody in Top 40 music: the Rolling Stones, the Yardbird, Petula Clark, the Supremes, Lesley Gore, the Animals, Sonny and Cher, Dionne Warwick, Herman's Hermits, Marvin Gaye, Brenda Lee, Marianne Faithfull, Johnny Rivers, Dusty Springfield, Chad and Jeremy, Joe Tex, I could go on typing all day. The show also had the occasional odd cultural collision between old show biz and rock'n'roll. My favorite: Nancy Sinatra and Lola Falana doing the Beverly Hillbillies theme. Runner-up: A bewildered Woody Allen doing his stand-up routine between the frenetic stints of Hullabaloo's caged go-go dancers.

Mostly, though, Hullabaloo stayed on track with the music of the 1960s that will live on long after most of the overamplified and off-key performances of Woodstock bands like Ten Years After are forgotten. Up above is a link to one of them, Jackie DeShannon's criminally underappreciated When You Walk In The Room. I can feel that something pounding in my brain...


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And Hullabaloo made it into a Ramones song...Which is much more than any of the smelly hippies at Woodstock can say.

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