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Thursday, January 26, 2006



In 1959 I was hosting The Lloyd Thaxton Record Shop on channel 13, Los Angeles. I sat all by myself behind a desk in front of a stage flat painted to look like record shop album shelves. Like a radio disk jockey, I played records. This, however, was TV and the audience had to watch something while the records were playing. So, among a host of others gimmicks, I lip-synced, faked musical instruments and created finger people to perform this task. Even though it was a morning show with a low rating, I did manage to get some great musical artists as guest. It was a fun show to do.

By 1961, just before the debut of The Lloyd Thaxton Show, which added teen-agers to the mix, the Record Shop had built up a sizeable TV audience.

One morning I had country singer Jimmy Dean as a guest. Most people today know Jimmy Dean as the frozen sausage king. But in the late 50’s, Jimmy not only made hit records, he was also the star of a highly rated country music TV show in New York City. That is, until, according to Jimmy; “I let them add the brass.”

Though The Jimmy Dean Show was already a hit in the New York suburbs, no one expected the show to make it in the Big City itself. But, according to the ratings, the show was, in fact, becoming a big city hit. Because of this, the wise men at the New York station came to Jimmy and said he would have to make some major changes in the show. “Why?” asked Jimmy. “The show is a hit.”

According to these wise men, THAT is the very reason for the changes. They told Jimmy the viewers in the city are too sophisticated to watch a country music show. The show now has to be more sophisticated. “But the show is already a hit with the big city slickers. They like it as it is,”

The wise men won out and added all kinds of changes. Out went the country humor and the fiddles. In their place they put a big band with lots of trombones and trumpets (they added the brass). The format was totally changed from “A Little Bit of Country” to “Big Brass City.”

You guessed it. The ratings went in the toilet and the show was canceled. Jimmy was telling me this story as a friendly warning. He said that I should not change anything in my show just because the ratings showed that more and more Los Angeles people were starting to watch it.

When Jimmy left the studio, his parting words were, “Remember, Lloyd, don’t let them add the brass.”

In 1966, I stopped listening to Jimmy Dean.

The Lloyd Thaxton Show was designed from the beginning as a low budget local show. It had one host (me), an average of 30 teens dancing to records in a small TV studio in front of an inexpensive set. There were several innovative elements that separated it from other dance shows at the time. Everyone (myself and the kids) lip-synced records and performed other wild and crazy production numbers in order to make the music visual and more entertaining to watch. Some have referred to these bits as “the beginning of the Music Video.” Even with these added elements, the show held on to its classic local show look.

In just 10 months, The Lloyd Thaxton Show zoomed to the top in Los Angeles. Not only was it a hit with teens, it was number one with 18-39 year-old viewers. This is the audience demographic most coveted by advertisers and in 1964 the show went into national syndication. And, guess what. The wise men showed up.

I was advised that because the show would now be seen in cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco, we had to make changes. Fortunately I remembered Jimmy Dean’s advice and refused to change or “add the brass.” The show continued its rating success in every city it played, big and small.

Reality Fact #1: The only reason the show was in syndication was because it was rated number one in the 18-39 demographics. Advertisers drool over this coveted bracket and the Lloyd Thaxton show was getting the winning numbers.

Reality Fact #2: Very few corporate executives, the ones who make the ad buying decisions, really watch the shows they advertise in on a regular basis, it at all. They make their ad buy decisions based on the rating books.

Then one day it all changed.

One of the Lloyd Thaxton Show’s biggest advertisers was Colgate-Palmolive. Colgate placed a lot of ads in the show. One afternoon the president of Colgate just happened to tune in and watched for about five minutes. What did he see? According to him, he saw nothing but teen-agers DANCING! He immediately called his ad department and asked, “Why are we advertising in that show? It’s a teen show! They don’t buy toothpaste!” The advertising department could not convince the president of the company that the rating books showed adults, 18-39, were watching and Colgate pulled their ads. On some TV stations this represented about 50% of their advertising and they panicked.

In marched the wise men again. “Change the show. Make it look older,” they said. This time I didn’t listen to Jimmy Dean. I could have held on. There were enough other advertisers aboard to get us through this emergency. But, I gave in and agreed to make changes. The show was moved to a larger studio, an expensive set was built, a new theme song was written, and two wonderfully talented young people (over 18) were hired to join me as host. Then I made what I now consider to be my biggest mistake. I changed the age limit for the kids on the show. They now had to be over 18. Instead of using high school groups, I changed to College students. “Ok,” I said, “If any advertising gurus tune in now, they will only see 18 to 23 year olds dancing on the show.

Were all these changes a fantastically shrewd move or not? NOT! I had broken the Jimmy Dean rule. I had “added the brass.”

As anyone could predict, I slowly started to lose my faithful teen audience. This was the show’s core. The overall ratings dropped. I could have still held on (and sometimes I wish I had) but I had been doing the show for five days a week, 52 weeks a year for over nine years and was ready to move on. The final straw was the Vietnam War, the draft, and the drain all this was taking on teen-agers at the time.

I cancelled the show.

I sometimes wonder that if I hadn’t given in the wise men (I think there were three) some version of The Lloyd Thaxton Show would be on today.

We’ve all heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Add this one: “Don’t let them add the brass.”


Blogger William F. Earl said...

Thank you, Lloyd, for clearing up what had bothered me ever since Spring 1966 when my favorite show was changed and somehow, with me, at 15, it no longer "clicked."

Can I ask one more question?

In 1977, I recall you did a one-shot revival of your show.

Is that one-shot show available on VHS or DVD, or WILL it be?

And ANY of your shows from 1965, my favorite year of your show, I'd love to see again if ever you make them available for purchase for us Mouse Packers.

by BiLL (So what?)

4:40 PM

Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

To Bill Earl

I'm considering the posibility of a Lloyd Thaxton Show DVD.I have the material. What I don't have is the assurance that there are enough fans that would want it.

I'm feeling it out right now.


5:21 PM

Blogger Gary said...

Trust me, Lloyd, there ARE enough fans out there still! I'm a serious collector of old footage and I know MANY that are like me PLUS I know plenty of casual collectors as well and then there's the average joe who would buy the dvd because they just plain remember you and have fond memories of the show! They would buy a dvd just to see if they could see themselves on it or somebody they know. The musical guest would just be frosting on the cake. The time is NOW, Lloyd, before the baby boomers are gone! Don't be like Dave Clark. He won't release anything and by the time he does, nobody will care anymore and believe me, that time is just about here for that.


6:26 PM

Blogger Gary said...

Plus, Lloyd, I'll volunteer my services and help you pick out the musical guests! Being a collector of vintage footage for over 20 years now, I think I know what the people want to see and what they DON'T want to see.
Howzabout it 'ol buddy 'ol pal 'o mine?

6:29 PM

Blogger William F. Earl said...

Gary has made a good point. I was 15 in 1965 and now I'm almost 56. But I see your point. In 1989, I wrote, and got published, two Los Angeles Top 40 radio history the history of KRLA..the other a picture scrapbook of djs/radio stations(KHJ, KFWB, KGBS etc)..With today's technology, with COLOR scans etc.,I TOO am "feeling out" potential buyers to see if there's enough demand for a long promised Volume 2 of my Top 40 radio scrapbook, by posting classic radio pics on my blogsite, and see if THERE ARE ENOUGH "customers"..I'm like you..right now I just don't know either..but YOU are Lloyd Thaxton and I'M NOT, so I hope you make the plunge and put SOMETHING OUT even if it's just a limited supply for us Mouse Packers. And thanks for answering my questions. I really appreciate the time you took!
I'm Bill(So what?..LOL)

9:04 PM

Blogger Chuck Hinson said...

Wha????? Colgate-Palmolive were insinuating that teens didn't brush their TEETH?? GEEZ ... didn't those guys ever have PARENTS?!?
Anyway, they didn't have the foresight to know that, whether kids used their toothpaste or not, they were still sowing the subliminal seed! Years later ... perhaps when they got married, had kids and registered Democrat ... they woulda remembered the ad spots and bought for the entire family!
SO the brass -- who never had their own shows -- thought the ratings would be better if you "uptowned" everything, huh? They seemed to be thinking "big city", which, in turn, demanded gloss. But they forgot that "teens", in any city/town, were pretty much the same.
Didn't they realize that we bought the Beatles/Byrds/Stones, etc., on the basis of simplicity? Whether in the concrete-and-steel of NYC or the backwoods of Ashland, KY, the music, the excitement, the humor put the show over ... they couldn't've cared less for the new look.
Yes, the Show was cancelled ... but the Man lives on ... and the Legend of the Show will forever be with us in our hearts (and musical tastes).
Great, insightful entry, Lloyd ...

9:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Lloyd! Really enjoy your website and your very entertaining anecdotes. Count me in as someone would love to own a Lloyd Thaxton DVD. Why not advertise on I'm sure 1960's grads would snatch it up. Sue

9:46 AM

Blogger Robert V. said...

hey lloyd. I'm there with my $$ to buy a lloyd thaxton DVD.

5:17 PM

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7:33 AM

Blogger Gary said...

Dee Dee Phelps (of Dick & Dee Dee) left a nice message down below in the Marlon Brando message section. I invite you all to check out her blog and the Dick & Dee Dee website.

6:10 PM

Blogger William F. Earl said...

thanks gary for the heads up!...i just ordered dee dee's book with a "painless" payment thru pay pal...hey everybody, let's support this classy lady's book with a purchase!!!
BiLL Earl (Rosemead CA)

7:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember many bits from the show: "Swami Says", "Don't Lose Your Marbles", L-O-N-E-L-Y, Lip-sync greeting cards, "Summer Wind" with all kinds of garbage blowing at you, marvelous! How did you ever think up those things?

I can't wait to buy the DVD!

8:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you do put out a DVD I would like to have one, it would go with one of my favourite sites reelradio.

11:46 PM

Blogger Ol'Rocker said...

Hey Lloyd, listen to these boomers- get your DVD on the market NOW. Make the old ad men eat brass...

7:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how it all works. I would bet that "Lloyd Thaxton" never, ever, not one time entered my mind from about 1969 till just the other day. All of a sudden for whatever reason I'm googling the name and whaddayaknow: you're not dead yet! (And I mean that in a good way.)

Even before I started reading your blog I remembered parts of your show: cool guests (who cared if they were lip-synching), the lip-synch contests, your "instrument-synching" (when you were banging on piano keys to someone else's record you never missed a note). I was 15 in '65, growing up in Chicago. Your afternoon show was a little after-school party for me every day.

But I had totally forgotten Dawk, fergodsake! And I used to draw him in my school notebooks, writing "Dawk rules!" in his little sign!

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for still being alive, keep up the blog and count me as someone interested in your CD if that project comes together.

11:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd..Few things remain from my youth..but I DO remember (I think??) Jimi Hendrix doing a walk-on short interview on your show..When was that?..Didn't you ask him/them about touring with The Monkees..or something like that?..Tom / Baltimore, MD

8:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born in 1972 and have read Bill Earl's book Dream House and am currently reading Ben Fong Torres' book on Top 40 radio. I loved the characters you created on Fight Back with David Horowitz. The one I best remember is Dr. Webly Frion (I probably didn't spell it right). I'd love to buy the DVD of the Lloyd Thaxton show.

5:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd, I would buy the DVD for sure. I was 15 in 1965 (56 now) and would watch the show just about every day. I lived in Philly and knew some of the American Bandstand regulars, but I always enjoyed the unique humor you brought to the show. I remember seeing Sonny and Cher. I also remember Al Martino not showing up. (Is Al here?)Glad I found your site and hope we'll be hearing about a DVD release soon.

11:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too would like to request a performance that you did on your show if you ever do release something. You lip synched and trumpet synched The point of no return, I still think about it and I am 54 this past Sept.

2:29 PM

Blogger Fred said...

Growing up in SoCal, I remember very clearly being 10 years old in 1966 and watching your show. I would definitely buy your DVD.

1:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking for the "On my back, I want Wilson." routine. And also "They got no right, to push and shove us little kids around" - I think that's how it went. So yeah, make SOMETHING available! Please.

7:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm remembering when Sonny Bono gave Lloyd "the vest off his back". I think it was leopard-skin or something. That might have been when Sonny debuted "Laugh At Me" on the show.

7:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd, I would DEFINITELY buy a DVD of your shows. I spent many enjoyable hours watching! By the way, didn't Sonny & Cher first appear on your show as Anthony & Cleopatra?

4:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching confessions of a dangerous minds IE Chuck Barris. and then reminesed about my youth in so cal and our sub cultures that were ours and ours alone. Loyd Thaxton comes to mind and all the early rock stars that appeared on that show everyday even a few of my friends that skipped school to dance on that was a surfer subculture..thanks I enjoyed reading

7:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How cool to stumble onto this site. I was born in 1955, and in the early 60s as a little kid I remember my teen-age sister dancing in the family room and lip-synching along to the Lloyd Thaxton show.
One specific memory is Lloyd and the crowd started cheering--in 1962 obviously--when Lloyd announced the Dodgers had won the pennant. Of course, they lost that heartbreaking playoff to the Giants, and then Lloyd had to take it back. Remember that?
Count me in as a DVD buyer. For me and my big sister.

6:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I Googled your name, Lloyd. That's how I found this site. My youth was spent in L.A. and your show and Mike Bloggett's show from the beach were two vivid memories that live on.
I listened to 93-KHJ and my favorite dj wasn't Humble Harv, but Sam Riddle. Does anyone remember him?
Now, years later, radio and even TV hardly exist. Life has become one long - lying - informercial.
But they can't molest my memories of Lloyd Thaxton! ... "Keep on dan-cin', dan-cin' and a pran-cin, do the jerk now . . . c'ma, c'ma, baby, c'ma on watch me work."
- Dusty Nathan

11:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Dan Fiebiger - Portland, Oregon

It was in the early 60s, pre-Beatles, when your show was aired on a local Portland, Oregon station for a time (don't remember which one), and I tuned in regularly. I was about 10-11-12 years old.

The most memorable bit for me that you did was "guitar"-synking an instrumental tune called SCRATCHY by Travis Wammack on something that I vaguely recall looked like a souped-up tennis racket combined with the bow of a bow-and-arrow set. An odd looking thing that wasn't intended to fool anyone into thinking it was a real guitar, but was "played" just for visual fun of it.

Lloyd, do you remember that song and "guitar" thing? 1962 or 1963 or so.

You did a pretty precise job of it, too, as I remember. Fun show. Never knew why the local station dropped it, and I missed it when it disappaeared. Am glad a possible DVD might be available. Hope you find the SCRATCHY "guitar" bit on tape and include it on the DVD.

E-mail me when the DVD ever becomes available.

By the way, in the 50s and early-mid 60s it was the top-50 on most radio stations. It was trimmed down to the top-40 in the late 60s.

6:48 AM

Blogger suezz said...

I Would definitly buy your DVD!! I loved your show, I was 13...Everyday I watched it.. i remember one in particular for some reason; a skit you were doing: You were wrapping your arms around yourself as you had your back to the It looked so real...i don't know why that one sticks in my head..

11:58 PM

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12:00 AM

Blogger suezz said...

oh i forgot, e-mail me when its available at

12:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I googled your name too, Lloyd. I was trying to describe you to my husband, telling him how you used to play Mr. Bassman with the rubber face doing the bass line. He looked at me out of the side of his eyes and said "Who? Must have been a local guy." (On my little Vermont station). That's what I get for marrying a younger man. Anyway, enjoyed you then, glad to know what happened to you.

7:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd! Hearing you on Rollye James Show tonight brought back memories of watching your show in the 60's! I have sorely missed it for years. I grew up in St. Pete, Florida and if I remember right you were on WFLA Channel 8?
Anyway, if you put out a DVD, I definitely will buy it!
Hope there are thousands of other "boomers" who will too!

Phil Colaianni -
(Sunshine Internet Radio)

8:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember the name of the contest where teens sat in chairs and danced? The silliness of it has always stayed with me. Still makes me laugh.

7:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Lloyd opening one show with a lip-synch of "Cara Mia" by Jay and The Americans. He was wearing a Viking opera singer's outfit,complete with spear and sword -typical Fat Lady outfit belting out Cara Mia- he was hilarious ---

10:46 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

the image I have in my head, is you on a swing, on your knees with shoes at your knees, like a little kid. can't recall the song, but you were my favorite show! Watched in Tampa...born in '52...Karen

3:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd! I'm 55 years old & would love to have DVDs of the show to view with my grandkids! Thank you for being there to entertain me! I truly loved your show! "So what" ;-)

8:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your show! You were a funny guy. I enjoyed your lip-synching. I remembered one time in 1964 you played a Beatles song from "The Music Man" with music only from TV & a local radio station played the words only ("Till They Was You")

5:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd,Your show may have changed but I started watching in 1968 in the D.C. market and I thought it and you were great. Unlike a lot of shows at the felt "real". I also fell in love with one of your audience girls who lip synched to Vicki Carr's "It Must Be Him"! Sigh. I wouldn't mind another day back there Lloyd! All the best.

8:31 PM

Blogger Nantar said...

I was on your show 3 times in the 60's. It was so funny because my grandmother (at home) was watching the show when I was chosen to lip sync to Petula Clark's song "Round Every Corner". She thought I was really singing! I've told my husband and twin daughters about my experiences on Lloyd Thaxton Show and they would love to see a DVD of some of the shows. Of course, they'd love to see me lip syncing but that show may not be available. Anyway, such great memories from those "dancing" days. I'll keep checking this site to see if a DVD comes out. Thank you for putting up this blog.
Bye for now.

5:40 AM

Blogger jasmyme said...

Hi Lloyd,
I was a dancer on your dance show in the 60's. Me and my high school classmates had a great time. And I was on your show 3 times. My children and grandchildren would really enjoy seeing those tapes. Please put them on DVD.It's a lot of us that want to buy them. Thanks for that time in my life.

6:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd,

Both my brother and I were on your show several times in 1964 and 1965. My brother even won a pair of "Saturday-Nighters" Please bring back the your shows on DVD!

Steve (Long Beach CA back then)

4:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

6:08 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Loved the reference to MR. BASSMAN and I also remember The Bird Is the Word being really funny, many appearances of the Righteous Brothers, one with you pretending (?) to goose Bobby Hatfield (RIP) to get those high notes, and for some reason April Stevens and Nino??? singing Deep Purple. I also remember Sonny Bono's fuzzy vest on you. I'm surprised no one else has mentioned Famous Hooks. Was he one of the proposed "co-hosts"? I was in San Diego watching the LA station and never realized there was a national show. Thanks for lots of fun and for giving me the feeling I was part of a bigger teenage experience, not to mention showing me some really cool dance moves.

3:54 PM

Blogger xxxxxx said...

Lloyd, I'm so glad I found you!I've been wanting to see re-runs of The Lloyd Thaxton Show for years...Since it was done live does that mean there are no re-runs available?
I was a faithful watcher of your show from 1965 on. My high school class from Santa Ana Valley was on there in 1966 I believe.
I loved the sit down dancers, lip sinking and finger people! What a great show!
Please let me know where I can purchase a DVD of your show. I would love to see it.


11:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that I found you, I have missed you so much. You were such a big part of my teenage life, and for you to just not be there anymore, was really sad. I loved when you would have the kids lip sync, and of course, your lip syncing as well. What great memories. I'd buy a dvd in a heart beat!!

6:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd,
I was 10 in 1965. I loved your show. The finger puppets were great (we all tried to get the coordination but somehow couldn't quite do it) However the BEST bit that we used to laugh at was your beat up trumpet. Thanks fro so many wonderful memories of growing up. Yes I would buy the DVD!!!!!!!!!!

2:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born in 1947 and grew up in So Cal. I watched your show regularly and had some high school friends who appeared on the show once. I hope you put out the would be a great gift for one 'boomer to give to another. And I have a saying for you. One I use alot. "The older I get, the more I need to be around people who remember me when I was young". And I just downloaded the 'Go Go's' song 'Bikini Beach' which, of course, pays homage to The LT Show. ROCK ON!


10:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops...that's 'Beatnik Beach'...sorry for the wrong info.


10:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lloyd: I watched your show on a New Bedford and a Boston Station. I got to see yesterdays show again. I thought you & the format were low-budget sensational. I looked forward to watching every day after school. I was 15 in '64. As far as wanting to see reruns. I would definately. If I could not get them thru Netflix, I would buy them. Oh hell, I'd buy them if you released them.
Jim, Austin, Texas

6:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi lloyd
I talk about your show anytime someone brings up music videos.
I loved it --- my favorite was when you had the cardboard cutout of a car for the song "Last Exit to Brooklyn" by Gene pitney. I too would buy a copy!
We miss you!!!!

6:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey LLoyd:
Oh I'd love to buy your DVD's. It brings me back great memories of my childhood. Boy did I have fun.
I was in my early teens in those days, I come from a numerous latino family out in Pasadena,CA I had to sneak out
to a neighbor's house in order to watch your show since no one was interested in my family. We barely
spoke English then!
Please le met know when I can purchase your DVD's.

3:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were a huge part of us in Toronto Canada in those days. I went on to become a pro musician and your show was a big influence. I loved the way you lip-synced Roger Miller's "Trailers For Sale Or Rent"(amongst many others). You exposed us to so much great music!

Why don't you give us a few utube gems to test the waters for DVD interest.

Keep well, all the best!

5:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We miss you Lloyd, I grew laughing at your antics as I was a funny kid that was became a comedy actor and then evolved into becoming a highly sought after comedy Casting Director (department head). In High School the kids said I looked like you which would prompt me doing you. Thanks for the laughs and what you taught us, we remember....stay well.

Mike Hanks
W. Los Angeles

1:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd, you have to release that DVD! There are thousands of fans who would love to see your show again. I believe in NYC You and Clay Cole had the top two teen shows! Thanks

6:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd,

I was on your show approximately 5 times during the 60's. One of the things that stands out in my mind was having Donovan sing live. He did Universal Soldier and Catch the Wind. Bo Diddly was on the same show. It was the "Gidget Era"
and So Cal was the place to be. I went to reunion show a few years ago and it sure brought back great memories. Please get that DVD out. It would be super popular. I'd buy a box set. Wayne from Taft High

11:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lloyd,

Like another writer in this queue, I too, was wondering what happened to you. Thank God for Google.
What a great story about the brass. So true.
I grew up in Philly, and KYW, then a Westinghouse station, aired your show at 5p every day. As a kid whose sister used to dance on American Bandstand when it was a local show, I can appreciate the story you told about Jimmy Dean.
My brothers and i used to watch your show and really enjoyed the lip-synchs, and I recall you were a big hit in our High School.
No offense to the folks from SOCAL, but Bandstand went downhill when it left Philly, for the same reasons you outlined about your own show. Your show became a replacement for Bandstand for us a a lot of our friends.
I think these comment should tell you -- there's a market for you on DVD. Thanks for the memories and all the laughs/

12:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry it went. Even as a younger I liked the show before the changes.

You might recemember me. I hung out a lot with Chuck doing the magic gig in the studio next door for a while.

12:54 PM

Blogger julz392 said...

Mr. Thaxton...
My mother and I were reminiscing about you last night. My maiden name is Fodor, my mother's name is Bette Fodor and my father was Ernie Fodor. My mom said that you and my dad were pretty tight back in the Toledo days, just wondering if you remember your "gigs" in Ohio and if you remember my dad on piano. By the way, as a youngster (circa 1958) I did watch your show in California, but can't remember much of the details. Thanks for listening!

9:14 AM

Blogger jamingram said...

Hi Lloyd -
Thank you for this web site!!! Your show was a "trail blazer". I would love it if you had DVD's available. I danced on your show many times. A group of us from Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra used to go frequently. My grandkids would love to see the good ol' days. Please make them available. Forever grateful for those days.
Luv to you,

6:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm as impressed with everything you've done SINCE the Lloyd Thaxton Show as I was with the program itself, which I watched on WPIX-TV in New York. It was great fun to watch someone completely in his element. I was struck by the way it seemed structured, but was so totally relaxed. I'm glad I stumbled on the web site, because now I know you've been influencing me ever since; just not on camera!

6:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings Lloyd !
It was 1964, our first
ever TV guest appearance on your show. "An here they are The Munsters"
The life like characters of the then
" Munster TV show" produced through Universal Studios. We performed a number on our newly released Decca Album "The Munsters".
An experience we have never forgotten. I thought it appropriate after 50+ years to say thanks for the memories.

3:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw man! I loved your show back in the mid sixties when I was a kid..everyday after school it was played on either a Seattle or Portland station, I forget which one, but where we lived we got tv broadcasts from both cities..always wondered what became of you-man, you were great. Thanks so much for giving so much of yourself back in the day

Jim in Oregon

PS. I hope someday to see some of your old broadcasts again, like if you put out a dvd--wanna see those hot California girls dancing again before I croak!!

3:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I understand it, tv execs. just loved to tinker, and still do I guess. The Judy Garland show was famously tinkered to death, with the execs constantly making changes, instead of letting Garland do her thing.

5:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...... i just stumbled onto this site!!! ..i was so influenced by lloyd thaxton, i changed my name to lloyd... biff lloyd... invented the lloyd syndrom, and today still play music professionally, very much inspired by those memories of the lloyd thaxton show.........thanks lloyd!!

10:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm waiting to buy the DVD. let'go!!

11:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lloyd, you made us all laugh, you were a great role model.

Mike Hanks

12:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The show continued its rating success in every city it played, big and small."

Hey Lloyd... You made it through to my town of Glencoe, Oklahoma - population 400. I've thought about your show so many times over the last 40 years. Now, with the dang computer, I thought I'd just Google you up and see what happened to you... and here you are. I love it. I don't know if it was the first version or the new-improved big time version... But your show changed my life.

Steve Ripley - The Tractors

3:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another boomer fan Lloyd! I remember you had an artist on named Terry Black whos single made it into the bottom of the top forty for only one week. You were so talented and wonderfully goofy. Those simple shows of the 50's and 60's were so much better than what we have now. Count me in for a DVD sale. You made an impression 0n a whole generation now googling your name out of sheer curiosity and fond memories.

1:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd...
I'm southern Ontario (Canada) born and raised, but spent some time in SoCal in the mid-60s and fondly remember your show...

Should you ever make the material available via DVD purshase, I'll be one of the first in line to buy...

Best regards...

3:42 PM

Blogger snoozemahon10 said...

I was just watching the movie grease,with a friend who is alot younger than myself I might add . She loves my era I guess because her mom was so into it. I was telling her about this T.V. show called "The LLoyd Thaxtons Hop", which myself and friends from my ol' Alma Mater, Westmister High school, had gone to. It was so much fun; we all had such a great time & I will never forget it. Thanks,Lloyd, memories are made of this. So I started looking you up wondering if there was a way in which to get a video from that time; being in the 60's (I think we went in 1964). So, I landed on your sight. Deja Vu. I LOVE IT. PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THE DVD, IF U DECIDE TO GO AHEAD WITH IT. HERE'S TO U AND ALL U DO.

4:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny Brown said:

"Lloyd I was one of you teenage dancers on the show. I remember one Elvis song you picked me to lipsinced "Return To Sender". My wife wants a copy of the show. Is there any way to get it?

9:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

pattyg--HI Lloyd--so glad to find this page--I was an avid fan of the show-I have fond memories of shows like yours, Ed Sullivan, Hullabaloo-when I was a teen. I have often wondered what happened to you--so glad to find out what happened! Hope the DVD thing becomes a reality.

9:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember tuning in for the first time to this "local" teen show in Seattle. I mean it had all the rough edges (and I mean that in a NICE way) of being locally produced so I naturally thought it was coming from downtown Seattle...that was the magic of it, I believe...anyway, there was this guy (you..."Lloyd") playing this slack string electric guitar...I mean literally the strings were so slack you could clearly see them wobble all over the place when you strummed them. You were doing a "guitar-synch" to Bill Justice's "Raunchy" and I kept thinking "that's NOT the real guy, is it??!!! I mean, LOOK at him, he looks like a deejay or something! That's not the guy on the record!!" I'd never seen someone OTHER than the original artist lip-synch or INSTRUMENT-synch a song on TV before. I loved the show so much after that my nickname in 6th grade became "Lloyd". Got a Dawk doll with the various interchangable protest signs. Lost it over the years but to my surprise found one in a thrift store last year for 50 cents...are they worth anything today?...not that I'd part with it. I remember two high school kids picked from out of the lip-synched Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and another did The Spokesmen's "Dawn of Correction" for "equal time" sake. I remember either Jan or Dean throwing their coat up on the musical note backdrop hanging behind them and it breaking loose from the wire that was holding it up and Jan said "Just take that out of our huge paycheck" (big laugh). Anyway, an interesting side note: I was getting frustrated trying to come up with an Ebay name that wasn't taken already. I was thinking of every nickname I had in my past and put in "LloydThaxton" thinking surely that must be taken...not so: I got it!...and now SO many folks bidding on my stuff think "I'm" the REAL Lloyd Thaxton and saying how much they enjoyed me. It's just my homage to a TV deejay who inspired me to get into radio myself. Thanks for the memories, Loyd...DO release that DVD, I'll be first in line...and if you ever want your Ebay name back, it's all yours!


3:52 PM

Blogger Carl F said...

Carl (Chicago:

I am at the age where I'm reminising often and I just happened to search for you and happily here you are!

I really liked the game show portion of your show. Where two or three contestants sat in rocking chairs and tried to guess brief excerpts from rock songs. If they missed, they "lost a marble" (in a container next to each) and when all the marbles were gone..."they were off their rocker." What fun!

Maybe you could get a compliation of some of your shows on public TV?

A great teen show, I'll never forget!

Thanks, Lloyd!


11:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add me to the list of those who would love to see those old shows again. I was one of those (toothpaste buying) teens back then. The lip-syncing was my favorite part. Now 40-some years later whenever I hear one of those songs, the image that immediately comes to mind is whatever Lloyd Thaxton bit was used with it. The one that pops into my head at the moment is the Running Bear bit. Lloyd in Indian makeup and headband. It was classic.

Help us Boomers keep the past alive. We still love you Lloyd sweetie.

Marilyn in Costa Mesa

2:32 PM

Blogger rockerpanel said...

For Lloyd where ever you are now, I remember the great times you done in your memorable dance show back then. I was not a teenager but a toddler watching your show after cartoon time in the afternoons on channel 13 here in Los Angeles. The funny times are when you get teenagers to lipsync hit records like you did with 3 or 4 boys to wear Beatle wigs to lipsync "Please Please Me" and also a young black girl to lipsync Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly", hehehehe, that was fun!! I just won one of your old record albums on Ebay today and will be added to my Rock'n'Roll record collection and hopefuly your TV show will be on DVD to see those good memories again. Lloyd, thank you for everything, you'll be missed!!

Miguel.. Fullerton, CA.

11:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would buy a Lloyd Thaxton DVD. When I was a teenager living in Salem, Oregon I had to be home at the time your show came on. It was a must for me. Just as Shindig and, please tell me if I'm wrong didn't Paul Revere and the Raiders have their own show. I love that old music it's in my soul and I carried it over to Viet Nam with me just so I could maintain a level of sanity. I remember the mask of a gorilla, I think singing this goofy little song, I loved that stuff man! PEACE out

1:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read your blog and would also be interested in purchasing a "loyd Thaxton" DVD

5:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lloyd, I too am a fan of your past show, please consider making available to us a DVD of your shows. Believe me I will be in line to purchase it online, and maybe make it available as a Netflix video. One of my older sisters was a dancer in the opening of the show one year. And I would like to surprise her with a copy that would be so groovy man.
Thank you

10:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

sept 2009
I remember the show mainly because you started showing some surfing segments at some time during your run ( those are really worth watching again!!!). And I do remember you having a 'sense of humor"
South Bay LA

4:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will buy the DVD. I will love reliving the Lloyd Thaxton memories.

8:56 PM

Blogger Chris N said...

I found this site because I was hoping to purchase a DVD of some of your shows. My entire family was a big fan in the 50s and 60s. In fact, we lived down the street from you on Blythe Street in Reseda and knew your two boys and daughter. Great kids. Please put out some DVDs for all your big fans Lloyd. We are still out here. Chris

3:31 PM

Anonymous Bubblez said...

I loved your show a bunch of us from Venice High where on a number of times.
It is a great memory We always had so much fun.
When can I buy the DVD.

8:21 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, Lloyd.....I remember a show back in 1960 when you were on KCOP ch 13 in LA. At one point you left your small podium and dashed outside to see the Echo satellite go by at night - Dead Air, but I kept watching. That was the time when you were lip-syncing songs like "Ally Op" and "Please Mr Custer." I was 13 then, and you helped me through some rough times with your innovative show. Steve

9:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Lloyd for a great show and great memories. Please, please, please!!!! put out a DVD of The Lloyd Thaxton Show. I would definately buy it at almost any price. I'm sure there are so many fans around that it would be a big seller. Please let us know when and how we can buy it. You must issue this DVD. Leave something for posterity!! Thank you very much. I am 68 years old and still a fan. Bob H.

6:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really loved your show. I ran home from school every week day to watch you. Thank you for all the entertainment. LOVE YA

5:14 PM

Anonymous David Perea said...

I'm so glad that I found this site and that my hero Lloyd is still alive and kicking. I've wanted a Lloyd Thaxton Show dvd since dvd's became available. Anytime I get to reminice with friends about "what ever happened to...", your show always comes up. I know of several folks who would spring at the chance to own a copy of most anything you would release. We bought the Soupy Sales box-set for cryin' out loud!

Thank you for clearing up the mystery of why the show disappeared.

Now I also know why I liked Jimmy Dean so much. The guy was real honest all his life.

Thanks for all the good times, Lloyd and keep on keepin' on. I will check back to see when a dvd becomes available.

Peace, Love & Rock'n'Roll,

willie d
Lebanon, Oregon

12:57 PM

Anonymous Cee Cee Rider said...

Come on Lloyd Baby,
Help all of us "old Kid" with our fond memories, who rushed home everyday to watch you and your great show. Those were the days! The kids now days don't know what they missed! I'd like to buy as many DVD set as you can put out. Let the kids now see what wonderful times we had!
CeeCee Rider

8:57 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Another thing that made THE LLOYD THAXTON SHOW great was that he brought us R&B artists who previously had seldom or never been seen on TV. It was on your show that I 1st saw such great performers as James Brown, Solomon Burke, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and THE OLYMPICS (who performed Good Lovin' before the Rascals covered it). Thanks, Lloyd.

8:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, is this blog still going? Did a DVD ever come about? I'd LOVE to see one too. Rock on, Lloyd!

8:57 AM

Anonymous Chuck Freese said...

Chuck said:
I got the money - is the DVD out yet?

3:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks LLoyd Thaxton for a lot of fun and good times after school. In that darkest year of 1963, when I was 9, even I could see the whole world was taking sides, and I was proud to buy and own my very own "Thaxton DAWK". I am trying to remember what his signs read . . .

4:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thanks to you for having a program that allowed pre-teens, teens to watch everyday after school was so exciting. Here 50 some years later memories of that show & dancing on it is as vivid as when we were there. Our high school John Glenn, Norwalk Ca filled your stage to dance our hearts out. Made it in the dance contest, Sonny & Cher were performing and was so thrilled for such a wonderful experience that is lasting a lifetime. You are one of the first icons of the industry that brought music to pre-teens & teens to say it's ok to love music. Reading ur blog I am now more impressed with all the accomplishments you added to the world of music & much more. Thank you Lloyd for being the pioneer that you were & leaving such a legacy. Jeannie Donabedian Alford

12:21 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Ditto to Jeanette Alfords comment,,I was also on that show & you were the best! Trust me, we have alot of friends that would buy your DVD in a heartbeat. I'll be the first! Thank you so much for so many great memories.Looking forward to more Lloyd Thaxton. Nancy (JGHS)

6:30 AM

Anonymous dede said...


10:39 PM

Blogger Dan said...

I prob'ly saw the show that dede referred to. LOL☺

9:50 AM

Anonymous Billy said...

Hi Lloyd,

I used to love your show. My favorite bit was when the mirrors were used. Get that DVD going! Please get a link with your stuff on


9:52 PM

Anonymous Angela said...

Lloyd, loved loved, loved your show!!!! Do you remember a dance called "the sit down dance?" I would buy that DVD NOW.
I am putting your webpage on all my signatures.......

2:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recently deceased Don Cornelius is credited for bringing black artists previously unseen by the TV audience to national attention. However it should be pointed out that Lloyd Thaxton featured such black artists as James Brown, Smokey Robinson (& the Miracles), Solomon Burke and The Olympics to the national TV audience years before Soul Train went national.

7:11 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just reminiscing about my youth in SoCal on with some other mature gentlemen whrn Lloyd Thaxton's name popped into my head. I was lucky to have been on the show one time in 1966 or 1967 and was a celebrity for maybe 24 hours at my school, JFK High in La Palma Ca.
It was the Loyd Thaxton Show after school every day and Retail Clerks Auditorium ("Wail at the Retail" was the tag line for the ads on radio)and then Harmony Park Ballroom on Saturday nights for dances.
Buddy Schwimmer was one of the regulars on the Thaxton Show and made those same rounds of dance spots pretty regularly.
Great time to grow up in SoCal, and Orange County.

Speedster Bob
Brimfield, IL.

8:14 AM

Blogger Lolarites said...

I watched on a station in New Orleans, La. I loved the show. I liked seeing the dances they did in L.A. and the clothes the girls were wearing. His show was so much hipper than Bandstand and the kids seemed cooler too.

9:11 PM

Blogger Steven Weiss said...

In 1964, myself and two lovely ladies hopped the bus in Montebello and headed for KCOP with our "Lloyd Thaxton" tickets....... Unfortunately the bus was a slow boat to China and we arrived too late to dance but we sat in the "Bleachers". We were so stoked....the guest that day was Bobby Rydell........Lloyd, thanks for the wonderful memories.....I just hope you stay around longer than the KCOP studios which were torn down about 2 months ago. Thank You.......If you have a revival show, I'd deem it an honor to go on and dance up a storm......!!!!

1:30 PM

Anonymous Pam Miller said...

Hi Lloyd! I remember being your producer/screener at KABC radio during the mid-70s when you worked the occasional weekend. I also remember thinking you had one of thee most original, creative minds I'd encountered up to that time. You were fearless (I had thought) and unbowed, so this column is enlightening to say the least. I learned quite a bit from you which became useful years later when I ran the radio department at dick clark productions. I thank you for years of brilliant entertainment.

3:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lloyd brought such R&B stars who never B4 aqppeared on nat'l TV as James Brown & Solomon Burke to us. Way to go, Lloyd! ~ R.S.R.

5:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bit I have never forgotten is the one where you called in to get the ratings for your show, and the voice on the other end of the line started repeating the number 0 and you would come back to the line several times during the show only to hear the voice stil repeating zero, zero, zero. Too funny.

11:31 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Hello Lloyd! Can I order the 1961-1962 seasons of The Lloyd Thaxton Hop on DVD.
Both my mom and dad danced on the show, and it would be such an awesome birthday present! I saw that you said you had the material to make the DVDs ... I would be first in line to buy them.


6:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the Lloyd Thaxton and would still be watching it now if he was on. He was and is still the greatest and I'm 64 now! Take it away Lloyd. :)

4:20 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Lloyd Thaxton later became a consumer advocate and co-producer of Fight Back With David Horowitz, often aoppearing on that show as a goofy lab professor testing various products. He was much more than a dance party TV show host. He was a most brilliant under-rated entertainer who even got the teens on the show into the act by having them lip synch pop songs of that era. Sadly that great era of TV is long gone and there's no longer anything like it on TV anymore. ☺

9:33 AM

Anonymous bob 7th grader said...

in 1965 my friend kim and I came home from junior high and sat down in his living room with his older sister Penny. She was watching a show I had never seen before, a teen rock and roll show that I thought was local. When he introduced the two biggest weirdos I had ever seen. I had never seen bell bottoms that the girl wore and the guy had a sheepskin vest. I think she sang a song called "Ringo". Penny explained that this was a national broadcast that had recently came on. She had to convince me of this but the Times were a changing and I came around when the host interviewed the act. I believe the format that I thought was local fare got my attention and made me feel comfortable with the show.

8:34 PM

Anonymous mrland said...

Got my copy of "Lloyd Thaxton Presents The Knickerbockers"

9:06 AM

Blogger Dan said...

While Dick Clark was a great DJ hosting a teen dance party show, Lloyd Thaxton was a former kiddy show host who had a much better talent for entertaining the TV viewing audience beyond playing dance music and bringing on guest performers. ☺

9:38 AM

Anonymous Robert Hulka said...

Remember gene chsndler doing "duke of earl." And The Who blowing up their instruments and the studio.

8:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to the show many times, danced and was also the person lip-syncing "Eve of Destruction". Lloyd would often have females lip sync male vocalists and vice versa. Also went to Ninth Street West, Shebang and a few times on American Bandstand when it moved to Hollywood.The 60's were great. Graduated from La Canada High School in '67.

2:54 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I remember one ending where you said the typical ending line, expecting the answer of "So what?" and instead got dead silence from the kids! Great show!

8:06 PM

Blogger Linda miranda said...

Where can I see reruns of the Lloyd Thaxson program?

10:27 AM

Blogger Linda miranda said...

Hi Jesse I just came across this post as I too was a Lloyd Thaxson fan I lived on Orange Dr and attended Fairfax hi school has not mentioned I did see Sonny & Cher we came in through the back door and no one ever gave us any problems it was great memories Poinsettia Park canters did you attend Fairfax high also linda

10:32 AM

Blogger Linda miranda said...

I lived on Orange Dr and saw Sonny & Cher at the live Lloyd that skin show the list great memories I attended Sheriff ask High School and 67 many great memories linda

10:41 AM

Blogger Linda miranda said...

Hi Bill it’s so fun reading about Lloyd Thaxson I lived on Orange Dr and would walk down to the studio and I saw Sonny and Cher and I think I remember seeing Johnny Mathis but who knows it could’ve been a dream take care Linda

10:52 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

My brother was on your show.
I would buy a DVD or two....

10:43 AM


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