This Was Television On January 4

1964: The Hollywood Palace premieres

Staged at the nightclub then known as the Hollywood Playhouse and today called Avalon Hollywood, The Hollywood Palace was a variety hour that aired for seven seasons on ABC. The Saturday night showcase for music and comedy acts had a different guest host each week, with Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, and Jimmy Durante among the most frequently recurring. The Hollywood Palace featured the first national TV appearances of acts including The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5; in 1967 the show debuted two of rock and roll’s earliest music videos, for The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Sorrell Booke, Hazzard County commissioner (d. 1994); Dave Foley, Kid in the Hall (50); Matt Frewer, AI (55); Gary Jones, Stargate officer (55); Jill Marie Jones, girlfriend (38); Barbara Rush, Peyton Placer (86); April Winchell, voice actress (53).

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