Monday, March 3, 2014

Summer 1964 Caravan of Stars

 
The relatively off-the-beaten-track routings of Dick Clark's Caravans has made hunting down concert dates challenging.  Clark would routinely use high school gyms, National Guard Armories, and State Fairs as venues and not always in large population centers as his bus of stars bounded across the country.  But I continually run across a date here and there to fill in the holes.  Today's listings are from the spring/summer of 1964 in a tour headlined by Gene Pitney. 




6/26/1964  Allentown, PA

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
6/27/1964  Bushnell Auditorium, Hartford, CT

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
6/28/1964 RPI Fieldhouse, Troy, NY

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 


6/28/1964 Pittsfield Boys Club, Pittsfield, MA

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/1/64  Victory Stadium, Roanoke, VA

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords,  Crystals, Major Lance, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/1/64  The Palace, Old Orchard Beach, ME

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/2/64  Chuckey-Doak High School, Afton, TN

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/3/64  Masonic Temple, Scranton, PA

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 


7/4/64 Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/8/1964  War Memorial Auditorium, Johnstown, PA

Talent: Gene Pitney, Mike Clifford, Jan & Dean, Coasters, Crystals, Dixie Cups, Brian Hyland, Brenda Holloway, Kasuals, Major Lance, Rip Chords, Reflections, Shirelles, Supremes, Round Robin, George McCannon

 




 
7/9/1964   War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, NY

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/10/64  Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/13/1964  Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Bobby Freeman, Supremes, Shirelles, Rip Chords, Major Lance, Mike Clifford, Round Robin, Reflections, Dean & Jean




7/15/1964 Raleigh Co. Fieldhouse, Beckley, WVA

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/16/64  Arena, Steubenville, OH

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 
7/18/1964  Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes

 


 

9 comments:

  1. 7/1/64 The Palace, Old Orchard Beach, ME

    Talent: Gene Pitney, Dixie Cups, Dean & Jean, Mike Clifford, Rip Chords, Coasters, Brenda Holloway, Crystals, Brian Hyland, Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon, Reflections, Round Robin, Shirelles, Supremes
    This photostream from Flickr.com reflects that evening in July of 1964 https://www.flickr.com/photos/32405894@N00/7091637427/

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  2. This is fantastic information. Thank you.

    I have two questions for you.

    1.
    My mom says she saw the Caravan of Stars in summer of 1964 in Nashville. I'm trying to determine what that date is. You don't have it listed above (only Afton, TN). Are you aware of a Nashville date?

    2.
    What's the difference between Caravan of Stars and the Cavalcade of Stars? If you do a search on one, you get results for the other as well. They seem to be used interchangeably, but I don't think that's correct. I through it was Caravan of Stars. You have any thoughts on that?

    Thanks!
    Paul

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  3. I saw it in Nashville in 1964, '65 and '66, I'm pretty sure it was in the summer and I only remember it as Caravan, but that's not a guarantee...lol

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    1. I was there in Nashville 1964. This needs to be added to the list above. Definitely 1964 for me.

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  4. I saw it in Nashville in 1964, '65 and '66, I'm pretty sure it was in the summer and I only remember it as Caravan, but that's not a guarantee...lol

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  5. I have just come across a ticket stub for the Caravan. I saw it at The Arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin on September 4, 1964. I'm sorry that I don't have a program. I have always thought that I saw the Supremes that night and now I think there is a good chance I did. Thanks for keeping track of this.

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    1. You did see them because I went to a concert in Duluth MN around that same time.

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  6. I have just come across a ticket stub for the Caravan. I saw it at The Arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin on September 4, 1964. I'm sorry that I don't have a program. I have always thought that I saw the Supremes that night and now I think there is a good chance I did. Thanks for keeping track of this.

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  7. I saw Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars in Louisville, KY at Freedom Hall in '64 or '65 or maybe even '66. But the lineup I haven't seen in any of these articles. I know I saw the Supremes, the Crystals, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Chuck Berry (not completely sure about him), the Shirelles (not positive about them either) & others. I am sure about the first five! When would this have been. I don't find one like this anywhere.

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