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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…
[show]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.
- "Tina, the baby elephant" circus performer was the only performer/act to have the most repeated performances on the seven year series. "Tina" was invited each season, sometimes returning two…
[show]"Tina, the baby elephant" circus performer was the only performer/act to have the most repeated performances on the seven year series. "Tina" was invited each season, sometimes returning two to three times each season, for a return engagement. The trainer and Tina's crew would wash, bath, and groom Tina in the adjacent parking lot, where Tina's trailer-dressing room parked. Before each rehearsal and performance day, the crew would take a blow torch burning off any hair on the baby elephant's body. The blow torch flame did not damage, nor burn, the elephant's hide. "Shaved" was their terminology for the make-up preparation.
- Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach were both producers of the show, "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the summer of 1963 Vanoff,…
[show]Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach were both producers of the show, "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the summer of 1963 Vanoff, Harbac, and Scott had produced a Bing Crosby special, taped at NBC-Burbank, with James Trittipo (production designer) and Hub Braden (art director) as part of the production team. ABC-TV wanted a prestige variety program on its schedule. The Jerry Lewis Show began the ABC 1963 fall schedule, moving into the Vine Street Theatre, completely renovating the theatre, stage and video facility at a cost of $400,000. After the network canceled "The Jerry Lewis Show", Vanoff and Harbach were hired to replace the time slot with a musical variety show. Part of the deal was tied with keeping Crosby as a semi-permanent host, alternating with Hollywood celebrity talents, agreeing to both host and perform as a special performance event. Other performers would fill the evening's bill of acts. The NBC (summer) Crosby Special production team was reassembled to prepare and renovate the stage for "The Hollywood Palace". This required the exterior "Jerry Lewis Show" marque to be replaced with a new "The Hollywood Palace" identification sign, as well as creating a new proscenium configuration for the new variety show's home-base format. Grey Lockwood was the director (he directed every program in the show's seven-year run). The theatre was turned around for the first show less than six weeks after the Lewis show was canceled. The proscenium's metal-framed chasing light configuration was built by an independent Hollywood metal sign company. The stage proscenium, drapery, footlights and scenery were built and installed by the studio's production services departments, which included construction, scenic, property, drapery and special effects. ABC Engineering provided all the technical camera crew and tape editors. Jack Denton (IV) was the lighting designer and James Trittipo was the production designer for the show's entire seven-year run.