“Shindig!” made its debut Sept. 16, 1964, on ABC and was the first prime-time rock music series. (Four months later, NBC jumped on the bandwagon with its rock series “Hullabaloo.”)
The premiere episode featured Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, the Wellingtons, “Shindig!” discovery Bobby Sherman and comic Alan Sues, who later found fame on “Laugh-In.”
During its 16 months on the air, “Shindig!” was never a ratings blockbuster, but the series featured such blockbuster acts as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Neil Sedaka and Roy Orbison.
Hosted by Jimmy O’Neill, “Shindig!” also provided a showcase for such up-and-coming performers as Billy Preston, Glen Campbell, Leon Russell and Sonny & Cher. Teri Garr and Toni Basil were members of the Shindig Dancers.
The series left the airwaves Jan. 8, 1966. Los Angeles Times.