Here’s are YouTube compilations of Shindig! which was on TV from 1964-1966. I preferred it to Hullaballoo, the other rock and roll show from the era. As I recall, Shindig! was less structured.
It’s not surprising that Andy Warhol was in commercials. Much of his art was based on common products such as Brillo Pad boxes. There have even been commercials with Warhol or his art after his death,
More on Warhol eating a hamburger is here.
This was an amazing event. The Beatles, who most of us didn’t know about a few months earlier, were on the Ed Sullivan Show, a TV variety show that also included plate twirlers and Topo Gigio. The show was watched by a record 73 million people. The Beatles were very young and handled their sudden fame with incredible grace and humor.
With hindsight, the Beatles deserve even more credit than they got when they were around. They could have played it safe and kept doing simple rock and roll based on R&B but they took lots of chances. It’s a long way from “She Loves You” to “Strawberry Fields Forever” but it was only four years in actual time. All kinds of musicians followed the path blazed by the Beatles.
Initially, they paved the way for other British groups, known as the British Invasion. As I recall, the second most popular British group when the Beatles first became popular was the Dave Clark Five. Their popularity only lasted a few years and they were eclipsed by bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who who have created enduring music.
Near the end, they got back to their roots with songs like “Get Back”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. These are some of their finest records.
The Joe Theismann leg injury is one of the most gruesome sports injuries ever. I’m sure that everyone who saw it live or on TV remembers it. The injury was discussed on the Simpsons in 1991 when Homer is watching a videotape of “Football’s Greatest Injuries”.
One of my favorite SNL fake commercials
This was a great commercial from many years ago.
I was playing a trivia machine game at a bar and one question was what color was Gilligan’s shirt – red, yellow, or blue? I didn’t know. It was always gray on our black and white TV.
Turn-On was a 1969 TV show starring Tim Conway that was only televised for one episode.