Wednesday, October 08, 2008

R.I.P., Lloyd Thaxton

Another L.A. broadcasting legend passes away, this time Lloyd Thaxton, who died Sunday of multiple myeloma. He was 81.

Writes the L.A. Times:

A TV personality from Toledo, Ohio, who arrived in Hollywood in 1957, Thaxton launched "Lloyd Thaxton's Record Shop" on KCOP Channel 13 in 1959. The show featured records, star guests and Thaxton's flair for humor.

Revamped and renamed "Thaxton's Hop" in 1962, the live, low-budget, late-afternoon program became such a big hit with young Southern Californians that it was syndicated nationally in 1964.

Like "American Bandstand," Dick Clark's popular local TV dance show out of Philadelphia that went national on ABC-TV in 1957, what came to be called "The Lloyd Thaxton Show" featured teenagers dancing to records and guest appearances by top recording artists such as the Turtles, Jan and Dean, Sonny and Cher, the Righteous Brothers and the Byrds.

Above, Thaxton hosts a short-lived 1968 ABC game show, "Funny You Should Ask."

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