Long before we ever said ‘I want my MTV,’ in the mid 1960s, music television was dominated by shows such as American Bandstand, Shindig, Hullabaloo, Shivaree, and regional TV programs, hosted by many radio disc jockeys. One of the most heralded, but not often mentioned these days, was THE LLOYD THAXTON SHOW. No stranger to television, Thaxton had migrated to Los Angeles via Toledo, Ohio in 1957, and by the early 60s, had established himself voicing commercials, which led to an afternoon show, entitled Lloyd Thaxton’s Record Hop.
Later In 1964, The Lloyd Thaxton Show became a sensation in national syndication, becoming especially popular on the east coast. Lloyd added a bit of flair, displaying his comedic talent, employing skits, while the musical acts would lip-sync their latest releases. Thaxton featured a bevy of artists, ranging from big names such as Ike & Tina Turner, The Turtles, and showcasing talent on the rise such as Bob Segar & The Last Heard, The Rationals and others. During the 1970s & 80s, Lloyd hosted game shows, and served as radio talk show host. In 2008, he passed on due to complications from multiple myeloma.
Enjoy this clip, of The Lloyd Thaxton Show from February 1965 featuring The Shangri Las.