Classic Television: Shindig

Sept. 16, 1964, January 8, 1966

Shindig was a show featuring many of the best known singers of that era, that was first televised on the ABC television network on September 16, 1964. The Beatles had started the British invasion, in February of 1964 and the show featured many British singers.

The show featured regular singers like Bobby Sherman, Jackie DeShannon and Donna Loren and Teri Garr was one of the dancers and went to be a movie actress.

Guest hosts on the show were a strange mix of Boris Karloff, Mickey Rooney, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ed Wynn, Hugh O’Brian, Jackie Leonard and others, who were not known for their musical talent.

This video features Herman’s Hermits singing I’m Into Something Good. The harmony from the background singers reminds me of the Beach Boys sound. The next song is Doo Wah Diddy sang by the Manfred Mann. Gerry and the Pacemakers close out the video with Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying, their signature hit.


The Isley Brothers sing Shout in this video, that also features the Shindig dancers.


Bobby Sherman singing the Frankie Ford hit Sea Cruise.


Jackie DeShannon sings her hit song What the World Needs Now, which peaked at No.7 in 1965.


Donna Loren singing Shakin’ All Over which also features the Shindig dancers.


Bobby Vinton singing his classic Mr. Lonely.


The Supremes singing Stop in the Name of Love.


The Beach Boys singing Do You Wanna Dance.


Patty Duke singing Say Something Funny, the only time I have ever seen her sing.


The Temptations featuring David Ruffin sing My Girl.


Shindig may have ended 46 years ago, but we can still enjoy the videos of the singers from those shows, that lets us go back in time. I had a little portable TV while in the Army in Hawaii and was able to see some of the Shindig shows. Ironically the show went off the air, about the same time that I was boarding a troop ship for Vietnam.

It is just my opinion but the music of today doesn’t come close to the music of the middle 1960’s.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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