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- With the third season completed, the King Sisters, having appeared on the Hollywood Palace, negotiated with Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach (Zodiac Productions) to produce a musical television…
[show]With the third season completed, the King Sisters, having appeared on the Hollywood Palace, negotiated with Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach (Zodiac Productions) to produce a musical television pilot variety series for ABC Television. In August, 1966, Zodiac Productions (the Hollywood Palace's staff show team-personnel) assembled the "The King Sisters and Family", taped as a pilot series presentation and submitted to the ABC TV Network. The principle selling point was to match the studio-stage "Lawrence Welk Show" scheduling, alternating the week with another television family show for the new 1966-1967 Network program schedule. ABC TV "bought the pilot" and the King Sisters' show went into production. The Art Department (Jim Trittipo and Hub Braden) was replaced with Romaine Johnston (Production Designer) and Michael Baugh (Art Director). Additional new hires replaced the "Zodiac personnel" positions.
- During the first two (televised in black and white) seasons, Liberace performed as a guest with Jimmy Durante (host -#16-4/18/64) and with Milton Berle (host -#11-12/4/66). Liberace…
[show]During the first two (televised in black and white) seasons, Liberace performed as a guest with Jimmy Durante (host -#16-4/18/64) and with Milton Berle (host -#11-12/4/66). Liberace performed as host (during the second mid-season B&W -#15-1/9/65) with Edward G. Robinson in a dance routine of "Me And My Shadow"; Shani Wallace, and Rowan and Martin (comedy team) were guests. In the third "color season", Vanoff built Liberace's second host assignment as a "Liberace Special Appearance" (season -#22-2/26/66); featuring a different piano from Liberace's piano collection in each of his keyboard segments. The art department design team met with Liberace at his Hollywood Boulevard Sunset Strip home to review the collection. Liberace's Louis XIV style concert grand piano case instrument was the show's opening showcase, featured on a 2-step (12" high) semi-circular platform, with double (framed) doors featured at the platform back edge. After the first opening piano number, the double doors snapped closed, revealing a mirrored double door setting. A musical dance number featuring Hollywood Palace Showgirls concluded the show's opening number. A honky-tonk upright featured Liberace performing New Orleans' piano jazz. Liberace also performed on his Ebony Black Baldwin Concert Grand with the 1" thick plastic-glass raised on the clear glass stick. This Baldwin was Liberace's West Coast performance grand piano with his crystal candelabra, which had a duplicate twin piano, located on the East Coast (in storage, used on his Eastern Coast appearances, Candelabra included). The HP design team rented four other candelabras for the other instruments used during the show's segments. Lee considered pulling his pipe organ, to use on the show as well, but Jim Trittipo convinced Liberace the show would need another TV musical hour. The honky-tonk upright piano was stored in the residence's subterranean hillside-garage. Liberace, conducting the seek-the-piano-house tour, explained to the design team his leisure past time home decorating hobby; gluing gold tassel fringe to all the pieces of furniture, to the ceilings crown molding, to the window draped lambrican headers, as well as painting moldings with gold paint. The afternoon house tour was memorable.
- Nick Vanoff fired the first Hollywood Palace "Billboard Girl" after the fifth show. She was a member of the Tom Hansen Dancers, appearing on the CBS Red Skelton Hour, which became a…
[show]Nick Vanoff fired the first Hollywood Palace "Billboard Girl" after the fifth show. She was a member of the Tom Hansen Dancers, appearing on the CBS Red Skelton Hour, which became a scheduling problem for the leggy curvaceous showgirl. After missing air-show rehearsals, and showing up late in the taping day, Vanoff replaced the performer, the following week, with Raquel Welch. Patrick Curtis accompanied Raquel when she was scheduled for rehearsal and show taping day. Patrick, always sitting in the last row aisle seat adjacent to the orchestra area, became a fixture, like a "Brinks Guard" guarding his property! These "Hollywood Palace Billboard" segments, at the end of the variety hour, introduced Raquel Welch. Raquel, soon noticed by agents and movie producers, was on the series for several years before quitting the assignment.