Flashback: “Hullabaloo” Debuts 45 Years Ago Today

The hour-long prime-time pop music television series “Hullabaloo” made its broadcast debut on January 12, 1965. It was NBC-TV’s response to “Shindig!,” which began airing on ABC-TV the previous year.

The host for the first episode of “Hullabaloo” was pop singer Jack Jones, and according to TV.com, here’s a recap of that first show:

1) Jack Jones (host) – “Hello Young Lovers”

2) The New Christy Minstrels (including Barry McGuire) – “Freedom Medley” and “(Glory, Glory) When I Lay My Burdon Down”

3) The New Christy Minstrels – “Ida Red”

4) Joey Heatherton joins the Hullabaloo dancers for a routine featuring a combination of different dances.

5a) HULLABALOO LONDON segment with Brian Epstein

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5b) Gerry and the Pacemakers – “I’ll Be There” and “It’s Gonna Be Alright”

6) Hanover, NJ High School Marching Band – “Put On A Happy Face” (120 band members perform)

7) Jack Jones – “Call Me Irresponsible” (with marching band)

8) Jocelyn (13-year-old singer from France) – “Les Garcons”

9) Joey Heatherton sings and dances “The Hullabaloo,” a new dance she demonstrates with the Hullabaloo dancers.

10a) The Zombies introduce themselves individually.

10b) The Zombies – “She’s Not There”

11) Woody Allen stand-up comedy monologue

12) Jack Jones – “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face”

13) The New Christy Minstrels, Jack Jones and Joey Heatherton – “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land”


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