Saturday, February 11, 2017

SHINDIG Tour 1965

In 1965 the success of the Shindig television show on ABC television network prompted Selmur Productions to book a national package tour to include many of the show's regulars including host Jimmy O'Neill.  The tour would also book national rock acts to supplant the show regulars.  The first non-show regular announced was Linda Gail Lewis, the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis performing as Linda Gale.  Shortly after that announcement, NEMS Enterprises revealed that Gerry and the Pacemakers would also join a portion of the summer tour.  Los Angeles Rams lineman Rosie Greier, trying to start a signing career was also signed to join the tour.  The Australian band the Newbeats headlined two portions of the tour bracketing Gerry and the Pacemakers.

The Shindig name was rather popular and many additional promoters tried to cash in on the name.  Promoter Irving Weinhause put a another package tour on the road early in the year.  Shindig '65 played two shows in California headlined by Gary Lewis & Playboys and then headed out nationally with Paul Peterson as the headliner.  Their debut show in Phoenix came to the attention of Selmur Productions, who took out newspaper ads and bought time on local radio stations to inform fans that the Shindig '65 show was not affiliated with the Shindig TV show.  Consequently the show bombed and Weinhause filed a lawsuit and Selmur Productions counter-sued.  In terms of financial success, Selmur was definitely the winners as their tour drew the crowds.

Ad taken out by Selmur in Billboard magazine.

Below is a nearly complete listing - it has a few holes so please comment if you saw a show that's not on the list.

First leg headlined by The Newbeats with support acts Rosie Grier, Dixie Cups, The Hondells, Linda Gail along with show regulars John Andrea, Sue Thompson, Jim Doval & Gauchos

March 26, 1965  Fieldhouse, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

April 1, 1965  Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR

April 6, 1965  Civic Auditorium, Idaho Falls, ID

April 7, 1965  The Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City, UT


April 8, 1965  Auditorium Arena, Denver, CO

April 9, 1965  Memorial Hall, Salida, KS

April 11, 1965  Roberts Memorial Stadium, Evansville, IN

April 13, 1965  Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, IA

April 15, 1965  Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI

April 17, 1965  McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

April 18, 1965  Fair & Exposition Center, Fairgrounds, Louisville, KY

April 21, 1965  Music Hall, Houston, TX

April 22, 1965  Municipal Auditorium, Austin, TX

April 23, 1965  Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX

April 24, 1965  Civic Center Arena, Tulsa, OK

April 27, 1965  Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS (two shows)

The second leg is headlined by Gerry and the Pacemakers with support acts Shirley Ellis, Dixie Cups, Rosie Grier, Willy Nelson, Joey Paige, Linda Gale along with show regulars Jim Doval & Gauchos.  Linda Gale's contract was for 4 weeks but the response to her was good enough that she was extended to the entire tour.

April 29, 1965  Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN

April 30, 1965  Gardens, Cincinnati, OH

May 1, 1965  Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH

May 2, 1965  Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI

May 3 ,1965  Civic Center, Lansing, MI

May 4, 1965  Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OH

May 5, 1965  Sports Arena, Toledo, OH

May 6, 1965  Grand Rapids, MI

May 7, 1965  Civic Center, Charleston, WVA (two shows)

May 8, 1965  Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA

May 10, 1965  Bushnell Auditorium, New Haven, CT

May 12, 1965  Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, MA

May 13, 1965  Coliseum, Washington DC

May 14-16, 1965  Academy of Music, New York City, NY  (five shows total)

May 18, 1965  War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY

May 20, 1965  Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, RI

May 21, 1965  Hotel Philadelphia Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA

May 23, 1965  Civic Center, Baltimore, MD

May 23, 1965  The Dome, Virginia Beach, VA

May 26, 1965  Raleigh County Armory, Beckley, WVA

Third leg of the SHINDIG tour has a variety of talent.  The Newbeats fill in as headliners for the last three shows originally planned for Gerry and the Pacemakers then Bobby Sherman takes over as the headliner for the western swing of the tour with support acts Dixie Cups, Linda Gale, Willy Nelson, Rosie Grier and show regulars Ronnie Dove, the Shindogs, Jim Doval & Gauchos

May 27, 1965  Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, SC

May 28, 1965  Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

May 29, 1965  War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, NC

May 30, 1965  Civic Auditorium, Kingsport, TN (two shows)

June 3, 1965  Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX

June 5, 1965  Municipal Auditorium, Lubbock, TX

June 6, 1965  Liberty Hall, El Paso, TX (two shows)


June 8, 1965  Stadium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

June 9, 1965  Fairgrounds, Phoenix, AZ

June 11, 1965  Auditorium, Long Beach, CA (two shows)

June 12, 1965  Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, CA

June 13, 1965  Memorial Auditorium, Fresno, CA

Thursday, November 10, 2016

1959 Caravan of Stars - Update II

UPDATE - Here is a combined update for the Fall 1959 Caravan.  still looking for a few dates to make it complete.

With such overwhelming success, Clark engaged GAC to book a tour headlined by Paul Anka and also starring Lloyd Price, Annette Funicello, Duane Eddy, Jimmy Clanton, Laverne Baker, Coasters, Drifters, Skyliners, Bobby Rydell, and Phil Phillips. Arthur Dover was hired as the MC for shows where Clark did not appear. Irving Feld was the tour's promoter.

 No sooner did GAC book a full tour from September 18 through November 8 with the Caravan's debut in Baltimore than problems arose.  The Boston Garden, site of the Caravan's second show was being used for a hockey game earlier in the afternoon and GAC decided that they didn't want to go through with the show under those circumstances.  Instead, Tim Gale of GAC booked a replacement show in Scranton, PA.  Boston was a lucrative stop for any rock 'n roll show in the 1950s so the loss was not looked upon as a good omen.

9/18/1959 Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, MD

Single show at 8 p.m.

9/19/1959 Boston Garden, Boston, MA

This show is cancelled when it is impossible to switch stages after a hockey game.
9/19/1959 Scranton, PA

9/20/1959  Forum, Montreal, Canada

9/21/1959  Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, Canada

9/22/1959 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY

9/23/1959 Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY

Despite the demand for additional tickets, only one show is performed.

9/24/1959 Sports Arena, Hershey, PA

A single show at 8:30 p.m.

9/25/1959 Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA

Two shows at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

9/27/59  The Mosque, Richmond, VA

Two shows at 7 and 10 p.m.


9/28/1959 Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC

9/29/1959 Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, SC

9/30/1959 Coliseum, Charlotte, NC

10/1/1959 Township Auditorium,  Columbia, SC

Two shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

10/2/1959 Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WVA

Two performances

10/3/59 State Fairgrounds, Louisville, KY
10/4/1959  Nashville, TN

10/5/1959 Gardens, Cincinnati, OH  

10/6/1959 Memorial Auditorium, Canton, OH
10/7/1958 Lorain, OH

Arena, Lorain, OH

10/8/1959 Veteran’s Building, Columbus, OH

Two shows performed at this venue.

10/9/1959 Sports Arena, Toledo, OH 

10/9/1959 Toledo, OH
10/10/1959  Civic Auditorium, Grand Rapids, MI 

10/11/1959  Elkhart, IL

10/13/1959 Fort Wayne, IN

10/14/1959 Hobart Arena, Troy, OH 

10/15/1959 Indiana Theater, Indianapolis, IN

Two shows at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.

10/16/1959 St. Louis, MO

Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO
Two performances at 8 and 11 p.m.

10/17/1959   Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO

The Caravan gains its first negative notoriety when midway through the show, fights break out amongst the 12,000 plus audience and police moved in to break up the melee.  In all, 49 men were arrested ranging in age from 17 to 50 for disturbing the peace and public drunkeness.  Although Dick Clark was not at the show, his association with the show drew lots of press and he held a news conference in New York to defend the Caravan.  He denied that the performers were responsible for what happened and said, "What happened was certainly unfortunate, but it only reflects the attitude of a few of the thousands of people there."

10/18/1959  Forum, Wichita, KS

10/20/1959  Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX 

10/21/1959  Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX 

10/22/1959  Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX

10/27/1959  Omaha, NE

The cast hosted an on-stage birthday celebration for Annette Funicello.  Although San Antonio had an additional 25 officers on hand, there was no trouble.

10/24/1959 Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City, OK

Two performances

10/25/1959 Auditorium, Wichita, KS

10/27/1959 Auditorium Arena, Omaha, NE

10/28/1959  Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

Police Chief Milton Winslow cancelled this show in the aftermath of the KC arrests.  Minneapolis had encountered four violent rock 'n roll shows in the past year.  "I am certain violence will occur again," he told the Associated Press.

10/29/59  Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, IA 

10/31/59 Arena, Milwaukee, WI

I now have confirmation that the Caravan ended in Milwaukee despite earlier press notices that the tour ran until November 8.  If you have any additions or corrections, please let me know.