“Tommy Boyce on the Lloyd Thaxton Show – 1964” on YouTube

18 Apr


Lloyd Thaxton

was a local “freelance” announcer in Los Angeles in the late 1950s when, through a deal with a television station manager, got his own weekday television show on KCOP, Lloyd Thaxton’s Record Shop. Record Shop would eventually lead to

The Lloyd Thaxton Show

a live music entertainment show from Los Angeles in the vein of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Thaxton’s show was a wacky hour of dancing high school teenagers, skits, and comedy by Thaxton, and musical features by the top pop, rock, folk and country artists of the day. Originally called Lloyd Thaxton’s Hop,

The Lloyd Thaxton Show

which launched on KCOP-TV in late 1961, would go into national syndication in 1964 and become the highest rated musical entertainment program in the U.S. for the next 3 years. In 1967, after more than 2000 episodes, Thaxton retired the show and ventured into other programs and parts of the industry, eventually ending up winning five Emmy Awards with 15 more Emmy nominations. Only about 40 hours of the original 2000+ shows still exist and have been edited into a “Best Of” DVD set, which has been held up because of legalities. Thaxton passed away in 2008 at the age of 81 after a short fight against multiple melanoma.


3 responses to ““Tommy Boyce on the Lloyd Thaxton Show – 1964” on YouTube

  1. vickgoodwin

    April 5, 2016 at 2:40 am

    This must have been before Boyce and Hart.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    April 6, 2016 at 4:24 am

    No, all these talents were concurrent, Vicki! Funny how the week-day, after-school teen shows all faded away without any new ones established.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. vickgoodwin

    April 6, 2016 at 6:03 am

    It is funny. I guess for a while dancing stopped being so cool. I loved those shows.

    Liked by 1 person


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