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  • A few of the Las Vegas comedians appearing on the show required the Art Director to adjust or camouflage a prop they used in their routine. In one instance a comedian sat at a grand piano…
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    A few of the Las Vegas comedians appearing on the show required the Art Director to adjust or camouflage a prop they used in their routine. In one instance a comedian sat at a grand piano flipping through the sheet music binder on the piano's music rack. Inserted between the sheet music pages were "Playboy" magazine centerfolds, featuring naked models. To comply with the network's Standards and Practices department--i.e., the censors--between dress rehearsal and the air show the assistant art director made paper doll clothes for each model shown in the photograph, covering her with clothing and bathing suits.
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  • ABC Television became a color network in September 1965, converting the Hollywood Palace Theater as its first West Coast "color-video" studio facility. At the end of the second show…
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    ABC Television became a color network in September 1965, converting the Hollywood Palace Theater as its first West Coast "color-video" studio facility. At the end of the second show taping-season the studio underwent major electronic conversion from May through August 1965. "The Lawrence Welk Show" (1951) was moved from the Talmadge-Prospect ABC TV main lot to the Hollywood Palace Theater in September 1965 and stayed there until June 1966. The weekly schedule was divided between the two shows, allowing the Welk show to set up, rehearse and tape on Tuesday. "The Hollywood Palace" maintained its regular load-in, rehearsal and taping schedule, Saturday afternoon (Dress) and evening (Show) taping. The Welk Show had to reduce its orchestra size for the stage footprint. When Lawrence Welk was given the orchestra layout and plan, with a pencil, he drew a line on the right side of the orchestra, saying, "Get rid of them!" During this winter/spring period, ABC converted electronic color conversion on the main lot "Welk Stage" and other stage facilities. Welk and his production returned to the main lot, remaining on his "Welk Stage E" until ABC canceled the series. Welk Production Syndication remained on the main lot, until it was moved back to the "Hollywood Palace" stage. The Welk Show then moved to CBS Television City to tape its syndicated series, ending and closing down taping of its variety show. The commercials during this period were in black and white (only Monsanto commercials were filmed in color). Advertisers did not catch up with the color transition for two years.
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  • Les Brown was the orchestra leader for the show's first season (1964-65). Producer Nick Vanoff, having worked with Mitchell Ayres on The Perry Como Show in New York, hired him as the show's…
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    Les Brown was the orchestra leader for the show's first season (1964-65). Producer Nick Vanoff, having worked with Mitchell Ayres on The Perry Como Show in New York, hired him as the show's orchestra leader for the following seasons (1965-69). During the summer 1969 hiatus, Ayres was in Las Vegas working with Connie Stevens in her show at the Landmark Hotel nightclub. On the evening of September 5, crossing the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Landmark Hotel, Ayres was struck and killed by a vehicle. His conducting position was filled by Nick Pietro for the final (1969-70) season.
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