Portmanteau pop music

Today’s Zippy, with a delightful musical nightmare:

Note the title: “Shindigabaloo”, a portmanteau of the names of two American pop/rock music shows on television in the mid-60s, Shindig! and Hullabaloo.

From Wikipedia:

Shindig! is an American musical variety series which aired on ABC from September 16, 1964-January 8, 1966. The show was hosted by Jimmy O’Neill, a disc jockey in Los Angeles at the time who also created the show along with his wife Sharon Sheeley and production executive Art Stolnitz.

Shindig! was conceived as a short-notice replacement for Hootenanny, a series that had specialized in folk revival music. The folk revival had fizzled in 1964 as the result of the British Invasion, which damaged the ratings for Hootenanny and prompted that show’s cancellation.

Shindig! focused on a broader variety of popular music than its predecessor (link)

Hullabaloo is an American musical variety series that ran on NBC from January 12, 1965 through April 11, 1966. Similar to Shindig! it ran in prime time in contrast to ABC’s American Bandstand.

Directed by Steve Binder, who went on to direct Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special, Hullabaloo served as a big-budget, quality showcase for the leading pop acts of the day, and was also competition for another like-minded television showcase, ABC’s Shindig!. (link)

Zippy sez, “C’mon, let’s dance!”

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