Jack Good introducing Beatles on Shindig! '65

Jack Good introducing Beatles on Shindig! ’65

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 , Hollywood A Go-Go, and Where The Action Is besides well established American Bandstand.

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] 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.

Jack Good productions:

Harry Robinson Filmography 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.”

“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.”

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” and may popular America bands appeared on Shindig! between 1964-5 such as: Everly Brothers Roy Orbison Little Richard Aretha Franklin The Beach Boys as well the British bands featured here.  The following are segments with some of the British bands featured on Shindig! : Nashville Teens Mindbenders [Hullaballoo footage]  Zombies  Yardbirds Beatles Beatles from London  Rolling Stones  The Who  Billy Fury  The Kinks DC5 Billy J Kramer

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


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. With a fascination for the beat music era that took place throughout the UK, my research investigates the late '50s through early 1970s. Relying on interviews, the Albert Bonici archives, and other resources, I continue to gather materials to tell the story of a special time in music in the mid 20th century. Scottish promoter, Albert Bonici, brought many of the top beat music acts to Scotland which delighted music lovers during the early days of the beat music era. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and remembers the contributions of promoter, Albert Bonici, a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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