Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Saturtainment: Happening '68 (1968)

Not content with what had become an institution, American Bandstand, anchoring ABC's Saturday lineup, Dick Clark added a 2nd series, Happening '68, as a companion piece. As noted last time, Mark Lindsay, lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, was tapped to host the series. While Happening was cancelled after 1 season, in effect folded into Bandstand to signal the end of Clark's little experiment, Lindsay would forge a solo career of his own before rejoining the Raiders for 1971's "Indian Reservation". Here's Mark, introducing a performance by Sundown Connection:

Regrettably, this is the only other clip of the series I can find, after posting "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival last time. A pity, considering that it represents a footnote in musical history as it relates to television.

Rating: B--.

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