Shindig! was “rock ‘n’ roll…with go-go dancers” Though the show aired on ABC TV from 16 Sep ’64 – 8 Jan ’66, the final episode with producer Jack Good , was 30 Jan ’65 after disputes with ABC television executives. It wasn’t until after the cancellation was announced that Shindig’s quality started to decline. The Shindig! episodes from November 1965 through January 1966 are an odd mixture of programming rather than non stop “Beat” and “Rock” music. By the end of it’s run there were several rock ‘n roll shows on American TV including Hullabaloo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU1tXwpPvm0 , Hollywood A Go-Go, and Where The Action Is besides well established American Bandstand. http://www.tv.com/shows/shindig/ http://www.loti.com/sixties_TV/Shindig_Hullabaloo_Action.htm https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/early-music-television-uk/
Jack Good who had produced the first pop music shows in the UK Six-Five Special and Oh Boy! with music director Harry Robinson [aka Henry Robertson of Elgin, Scotland] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Robertson_(musician) https://jonman492000.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/harry-robinson/ brought “Shindig! to young audiences in the United States in 1964 through 1965. Harry also served as musical director for Shindig! before launching his career with movie sound tracks.
Harry Robinson Filmography http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0731862/ Shindig! was my favourite music show at the time and introduced young Americans to many of the best British beat groups on the go. Jack Good obviously knew his way around London and the British music scene and arranged live broadcasts and taped segments of the popular acts in the UK from London. There was also The Beat Room with live performance of British and American acts besides Top Of The Pops both of which broadcasted in 1964. Meanwhile most top acts in the States besides British beat musicians were making their debut in the States on Shindig! British and American acts appeared on rival US music program, Hullaballoo! also, but Jack Good knew how to put it all together and made it possible for musicians to have their tunes heard and appreciated. Another boon for the London market was that mod fashions became popular across the Pond. I remember watching the fashions and mixing it with some of the styles we’d see on Grand Ol’ Opera… “In 1964 he made a one-off programme, Around the Beatles, but regular rock ‘n’ roll television had disappeared from British screens; the brightest spot was Ready Steady Go, which made heavy use of Good’s technique of building excitement and interest by allowing the audience to mill round the singers. Good championed the rise of rhythm and blues and went to the United States in 1962, where he spent $15,000 of his own money to produce a pilot show for the American market. After trying for a year to persuade television executives to take on the show, he gave up and returned to the UK. A year later, a disc jockey gave the tape of the pilot show to a TV boss, who sent for Good. This led to the broadcasting of the first Shindig! show, broadcast in the States on 16 September 1964, was, in fact, an episode of Ready Steady Go with changed titles. Shindig had a half-hour spot until January 1965, when it was extended to an hour, before switching to twice-weekly half-hour episodes in the autumn. Occasional broadcasts were from London. Jack fell out with ABC executives and walked out. The show could not survive without Jack’s dynamic influence and it was cancelled in January 1966… to make room for Batman.” http://vintagebrittv.blogspot.co.uk/2007/06/beat-room-bbc2-5-10-1964.html
“Shindig was created and produced by Jack Good, who had previously produced rock ‘n’ roll TV shows in his native England. In 1962, a Good-produced pilot for U.S. television called ”Young America Swings The World” eventually became the nucleus of Shindig. Just about every major British band was on the show (Many were transmissions from London), including The Beatles. Most episodes began with an opening song or medley performed by the Shindig guests and regulars. The medley consisted of short excerpts from current hits, classic rock ‘n’ roll songs, some gospel, country, and folk songs.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Good_(producer) http://www.loti.com/sixties_TV/Shindig_Hullabaloo_Action.htm
The last episode produced by Jack Good aired on June 30, 1965; beginning with the July 7, 1965 show, former Shindig director Dean Whitmore took over as producer. Note:Donna Loren was a regularly featured female singer on Shindig! and sang many British hits like Johnny Kidd’s “Shout” https://www.youtube.com/watchv=bdmcSj2YgJs&index=1&list=PLiWNf08u_-XnFB6sYVOdmYhutR8BuusBO and may popular America bands appeared on Shindig! between 1964-5 such as: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa8LRtc0YSQ Everly Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uT0juCumV0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9eclnPYa8o Roy Orbison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hdeQ9vL1pc Little Richard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psfqVgyU9rc Aretha Franklin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1WF5HvwArI The Beach Boys as well the British bands featured here. The following are segments with some of the British bands featured on Shindig! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu8FFezx43o Nashville Teens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-weeowZvvc Mindbenders [Hullaballoo footage] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vrt0b5bQAk Zombies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9OJB_AEePQ Yardbirds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFYHqXoVU7g Beatles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u0NP_n9AwU Beatles from London http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DKSdfw8FI Rolling Stones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT6X8mns3VU The Who https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2i_es7DDes&index=4&list=PLE5AEAC0DCE25D834 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ4UK7JT1FY Billy Fury http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9H8EDxRbaQ The Kinks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH1JEI79emU DC5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFxqBvkCKP8 Billy J Kramer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2i_es7DDes&index=4&list=PLE5AEAC0DCE25D834
Note: Harry Robinson who had a television and film career and worked with top singers including Judy Garland and The Beatles was born Henry MacLeod Robertson
November 19, 1932 in Elgin, Moray, Scotland, UK and died January 17, 1996 (age 63) in Wandsworth, London, England, UK http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0731862/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm