Rare TV Performances by Rolling Stones, Kinks, Beach Boys and Many Other Music Legends to Be Made Available Soon
A treasure trove of rare TV performances by such famed artists as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Beach Boys is expected to be made available soon thanks to a newly announced licensing deal. The agreement gives the Reelin' in the Years Productions company exclusive rights to license music footage from The Red Skelton Hour, the popular variety series that aired on CBS from 1962 to 1971.
The show, hosted by late comedian Red Skelton, featured stand-up comedy, sketches and, of course, performances by many of the biggest names in music at the time. In addition, to the aforementioned acts, the list of artists that appeared on The Red Skelton Hour includes include Simon & Garfunkel, The Animals, The Hollies, Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Iron Butterfly, Three Dog Night, The Four Seasons, The Association, Dionne Warwick and The Fifth Dimension.
The Rolling Stones were guest stars on the program three times, including a 1964 appearance that took place two months before the band's first visit to The Ed Sullivan Show. Music performances from The Red Skelton Hour have not been seen since the show went off the air.
Reelin' in the Years Productions has started cataloging the footage, and has begun allowing some of it to be used in select documentaries. A highlight video featuring clips of a slew of artists from The Red Skelton Hour is viewable now online.
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