Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars 1961

With the passing of Dick Clark this week, I thought I'd return to the in-progress listings of the Caravan of Stars tours in the '60s.  Although the tour bore his name, Clark rarely joined the tours - largely because of his other business interests.  However, when he did, artists recall his friendly, supportive manner.  The Caravan took a break in 1960 but in 1961, Clark booked two different tours and held a couple one-off shows with different talent lineups.


7/29-30/1961 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ

Talent: Chubby Checker, Jan & Dean, Bobby Rydell, Freddie Cannon


8/11/1961 Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA

Talent: Chubby Checker, Jan & Dean, Bobby Rydell, Freddie Cannon


8/21-27/61  Kansas Centennial, Wichita, KS

Talent: Frankie Avalon, Mike Clifford


8/29/1961  Coney Island, Cincinnati, OH

Talent: Frankie Avalon, Mike Clifford


8/30-31/1961 Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN

Talent: Mike Clifford, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Freddie Cannon, Shirelles, U.S. Bonds, Johnny & Hurricanes, Chuck Jackson, Dodie Stevens, Bobby Lewis


9/1-4/1961 Michigan State Fair, Detroit, MI

Talent: Chubby Checker, U.S. Bonds, Freddie Cannon, Shirelles, Chuck Jackson,  Mike Clifford


9/15/1961   York Interstate Fair, York, PA

Talent: Freddie Cannon, Dion, Johnny & Hurricanes, Jo Ann Campbell, Little Anthony, Regents


9/21-22/1961 New Jersey State Fair, Trenton, NJ

Talent, Bobby Rydell, Freddie Cannon, Johnny & Hurricanes, Jo Ann Campbell, Little Anthony, Regents, Jive Five

 SHIRELLES 1961 CARAVAN OF STARS TOUR PROGRAM BOOK
Fall Tour 1961

The fall Caravan ran from 9/29/196111/12/1961 encompassing 22 cities, headlined by Paul Anka.  I don't  have the complete itinerary but here's what I've uncovered so far.


Charlotte, NC

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five


Norfolk, VA

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five


Richmond, VA

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five


Boston, MA

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five
  

10/6/1961 Idora Park, Canada

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five


10/6/61 Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five

10/8/1961 Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, Canada

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five



10/11/61  Arena, New Haven, CT

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five



10/13/1961  RPI Fieldhouse, Troy, NY

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five



10/15/1961 Forum, Montreal, Canada

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Linda Scott



10/  /1961  Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five



10/27/61 Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five


Evansville, IN


Lubbock, TX


11/3/61 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, Linda Scott, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five


Houston, TX
 

Ft. Worth, TX


11/11/1961 Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WVA

Talent: Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Linda Scott, Duane Eddy, Frogman Henry, Shirelles, Jive Five


As always, if you have updates or corrections, please post in the comments.  Coming up...1963.

9 comments:

  1. I thought that I saw the 1961 Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars", at the Pan pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, but the stars were Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp, Dick and Dee Dee, and the Dovells. But I can not find this show within Dick Clark's shows. Was this a different show, or am I crazy? I was too young (age 15) for drugs and alcohol then. Anyone have any help? The Slayman

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    1. I believe that there was a short 1961 Caravan of Stars tour that I have not fully documented. However, that lineup sounds like the 1963 tour. I'll try to run that down.

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  2. To Jerry Fuentes:
    I performed in a "Caravan of Stars" show. It starred Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins and Carl Mann , who had a hit with the rock version of "Mona Lisa.". It was in Huntsville, AL at the Madison County Coliseum in 1964 (?) not sure of the year (quite sure it was '64) or exact date. The band I was in, The Jaguars, was approached by Huntsville's WAAY Radio. We were given a 3" reel-to-reel tape of six Charlie Rich songs to rehearse. We were paid an unknown, but small, amount. We played a 15 minute warm-up set and a set with each of the stars. We played the next night with Charlie Rich (by his request) at the National Guard Armory in Pulaski, TN. We couldn't believe that he had bookings BUT NO BAND! Hope you find this info helpful. I am now 66 years old and live in Kingwood (near Houston), TX.

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  3. I was at the Kiel Opera House show in St Louis. Still remember Chubby Checker and Paul Anka performance.

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  4. I saw Dick's Caravan of Stars circa 1961 in Providence Rhode Island I recall a great lineup of all the "girl groups" at the time; The Crystals, The Chiffons, The Swingin' Blue Jeans (maybe) Do you have any info on a RI appearance?

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  5. aaaaaaaand I forgot to mention; The Shirelles, The Ronnettes. I was about 10 yers old so I'm not clear on who all were there in Providence but, I do know that the groups I listed were there and more. Thanks for checking Jerry!

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  6. Jimmy Clanton came through Albuquerque (with others), I think it was for one of the holiday shows--but he did sing Venus in Blue Jeans. There were other shows with Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown falling to the floor, etc. At the Auditorium here, it was easy to stand next to the stage and touch their feet, etc. Local bands like Tiny Morrie and Al Hurricane opened for them. The auditorium was huge, the crowds small and people stood around and danced--there was a slight difference in the ethnic make up of the crowd depending on who was being showcased. Yes, it was fun and exciting.

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  7. Jerry,

    Great information, but I'm looking to identify the performers in this photo from Coney Island, Cincinnati archives. Can you help?

    Charlie
    http://coneyislandpark.com/photoGallery/big/Coney%20Island%20Historical%20Photos%20Norton%202004%20016%20Large%20Web%20view.jpg

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    1. It appears to be Johnny Tillotsen in the extreme left.

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