Sunday, March 16, 2014

1965 Caravan of Stars - Unit 1

Dick Clark's Caravan was heavily booked throughout 1965 with more shows planned than ever before.  They also featured something no other Caravan had offered - British acts.  Although Clark was vocal about American concert promoters paying way too much money to British Invasion artists in 1964, even he had to knuckle under to the demand for British artists this year.  Consequently, Clark made contract offers to a number of groups.  The first to accept was the Zombies.  However visa issues delayed their arrival so this unit began shows on April 15 and the Zombies didn't join for the first 10 shows.  A week later a second unit hit the road with Herman's Hermits headlining.  These two units criss-crossed the country and even shared one date.  Today's blog follows Unit 1 with the Zombies.

4/15/1965  Orpheum Theater, Madison, WI

Talent: Del Shannon, Ad Libs, Shangri-Las, Jewel Aikens, Inkettes, The Larks. Mike Clifford

 

4/17/1965  Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI

Talent: Del Shannon, Ad Libs, Shangri-Las, Jewel Aikens, Inkettes, The Larks. Mike Clifford

 

4/21/1965 Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, IN

Talent: Del Shannon, Ad Libs, Shangri-Las, Jewel Aikens, Inkettes, The Larks. Mike Clifford

 
4/22/1965  E.A. Diddle Arena, W. Kentucky State College, Bowling Green, KY

Talent: Del Shannon, Ad Libs, Shangri-Las, Jewel Aikens, Inkettes, The Larks. Mike Clifford

 

4/23/1965 Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville, KY

Talent: Del Shannon, Ad Libs, Shangri-Las, Jewel Aikens, Inkettes, The Larks. Mike Clifford

 

The Zombies arrive in Nashville to join the Caravan

4/25/1965  Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford

 
4/26/1965 Murray State College, Murray, KY

Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford

 
4/27/1965   Memphis Coliseum, Memphis, TN

Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford

 
4/28/1965 Eau Claire, WI

Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford

 
4/29/1965       Gold’s Department Store, Lincoln, NB

Talent: Mike Clifford, Ad Libs, Jewel Aikens, Jimmy Soul

 A brief promotional appearance by some of the Caravan stars
 
4/29/1965  Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, NB

Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford

 
4/30/1965 Sioux City, IA
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/1/1965 City Auditorium, St. Joseph, MO
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/2/1965 Civic Auditorium Arena, Omaha, NE
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/3/1965 Memorial Hall, Salina, KS
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/4/1965 Lawrence Stadium, Lawrence, KS
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford

5/5/1965  The Pit, Bronco Bowl, Dallas, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/6/1965  Austin, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/7/1965  Heart of Texas Coliseum, Waco, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/8/1965 San Antonio, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
 
5/9/1965  Music Hall, Houston, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/10/1965  San Angelo, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
 
5/11/1965  Ft. Worth, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/12/1965  Odessa, TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
 
5/13/1965 Municipal Auditorium, Amarillo TX
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, Shangri-Las, DeeDee Sharp, The Larks
 
5/14/1965 Denver, CO
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/15/1965  The Lagoon, Farmington, UT
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
 




5/16/1965  Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
 
5/17/1965  Melodyland, Anaheim, CA


Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, Shangri-Las, DeeDee Sharp, The Larks, Jewel Aikens
5/18/1965  Santa Barbara, CA
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
 
5/19/1965    Centennial Coliseum, Reno, NV
Talent: : Del Shannon, Zombies, Shangri-Las, DeeDee Sharp, The Larks, Jewel Aikens
 
5/20/1965 Merced, CA
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/21/65  Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
 
5/22/1965  Armory, Salem, OR
Talent: Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, Shangri-Las, DeeDee Sharp, The Larks, Jewel Aikens
5/23/65  Spokane, WA
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/30/65 Minot, SD
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
5/31/65 Grafton, ND
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford
6/1/65 Winnipeg, Canada
Talent: Zombies, Del Shannon, Shangri-Las, Dee Dee Sharp, Jewel Aikens, Tommy Roe
6/2/65 Minneapolis, MN
Talent: Del Shannon, Zombies, The Larks, Ikettes, DeeDee Sharp, Shangri-Las, Tommy Roe, Ad Libs, Velvettes, Jimmy Soul, Executives, Jewel Aikens, Mel Carter, Mike Clifford




 











7 comments:

  1. The Zombies say that Dee Dee Sharp was thrown off the tour at some point, after she had threatened Mel Carter with a gun (her own, apparently).

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  3. Thank you for taking the time to compile all of this awesome information! This spring I spent some time with Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies and I asked them if their paths had ever crossed with any members of Chicago. They immediately began discussing the Dick Clark tour with Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine and Walt Parazaider. Later in the summer I met Danny and he also remembered meeting The Zombies. Thank you for putting dates and additional information to these wonderful stories!

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  4. Thank you for taking the time to compile all of this awesome information! This spring I spent some time with Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies and I asked them if their paths had ever crossed with any members of Chicago. They immediately began discussing the Dick Clark tour with Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine and Walt Parazaider. Later in the summer I met Danny and he also remembered meeting The Zombies. Thank you for putting dates and additional information to these wonderful stories!

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  5. Anyone remember the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars at the Atlanta City Auditorium with Little Anthony and the Imperials? My Brother And I Went to that show.

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  6. I have a Caravan of Stars booklet from a concert, probably in Charlotte NC and it lists: Lou Christie, Mitch Ryder, Keith Allison, The Happenings, The Capitols, The Strangeloves, The Thomas Group, Cash McCall, and Dean Parrish. What year would this line up have occurred??
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  7. That's from 1966. It's a unit tour that I don't have many dates, so any potential date would be appreciated!

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