The !!!! Beat

Tonight at DC’s Hill Center, another episode of The !!!! Beat, the strange 1966 R&B TV series  unearthed by WPFW’s Larry Applebaum:

Sept. 21: Volume Four includes performances by Freddie King, Martin, Maurice & The Radiants, The Beat Boys, The Poppies, Lee Watson & The Panthers, Johnnie Jones, Freddie King, Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five, Gatemouth Brown, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Gwen Davis, Robert Parker, Jimmy Church, Lattimore Brown, Joe Simon, Mamie Galore and Jamo Thomas.

Not all episodes are as as wild as the jam (above) by Etta James, Sir Lattimore Brown, Esther Phillips, Roscoe Shelton, & Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and David “Fathead” Newman, but even the lip-synced performances are wonderful, and host Bill “Hoss” Allen is so incredibly awful he’s almost good.

Film Fridays with Larry Appelbaum
Friday, September 21, 2012
7:00 PM  to 9:00 PM

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Free; Register here.


“For 26 Episodes in 1966, WFAA Played Host to the Funkiest, Most Soulful TV Show in America,” Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer

Germany’s Bear Family has all the shows on DVD. (here’s Volume 4).


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