Popular, long-running Saturday night variety show of the mid-to-late 1960's, originating from the Hollywood Palace Theater (formerly the El Capitan) on Hollywood Boulevard. There was a revolving guest host, usually a singer or comedian, each week. Bing Crosby was the most frequent guest host (including, of course, the Christmas Week show), but other frequent guest hosts included Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Durante, Don Adams, Fred Astaire, and Judy Garland. The Rolling Stones made their first U.S. TV appearence on the show in 1964. The waning popularity of weekly variety shows contributed to "Hollywood Palace" being cancelled in early 1970, but it's still well-remembered by its many fans. Written by
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Ray Hines was the security guard for the Hollywood Palace theater and studio, employed by ABC. His job was to maintain the security of the facility while also supervising Studio Page staff members during day and evening schedules. His presence was almost around the clock during production taping schedules. He also would assist celebrity guests and hosts on their arrival before the show and their departure after it. During taping he remained at the theater's rear elephant doors, which were directly opposite the "star dressing room", where he maintained control over fans and activities passing through the backstage area. Hines lived at the Hollywood Tower Penthouse Suite, which had been occupied by George Raft
in the 1940s and 1950s. In emergencies he was within walking distance to the theater. One such instance occurred one night when the cyclorama, composed of muslin and shark-toothed scrim soft fabric, burst into flames. Hines alerted the Hollywood fire department, which soon arrived and saved the facility. The muslin and scrim were replaced within two days by Tom Mayhew's drapery department, allowing taping on schedule. After the series was canceled, Hines remained at the stage-theater facility until ABC closed the television studio property. See more
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Written by Gower and Margie Champion
Performed by the Les Brown Orchestra and then the Mitchell Ayres Orchestra and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra See more