“The !!! Beat,” a rarely seen music show from the mid ’60s that featured some legendary R&B, soul and blues acts, will be screened free in September by the Library of Congress, it was announced Thursday.
The showings will be held at 7:00 p.m. ET Fridays at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. Larry Appelbaum, Library of Congress Music Specialist, jazz curator and host of WPFW’s “Sound of Surprise, will emcee the showings.
“The !!!! Beat” was a blues, soul and R&B TV show broadcast by WFAA in Dallas, Texas, and hosted by disc jockey William “Hoss” Allen. The series began production in January 1966 and ran for 26 episodes. Those featured on the show included Little Milton, Esther Phillips, Etta James, Louis Jordan, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Patti LaBelle. According to Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer, Redding actually was the host of the final episode reportedly because Allen was so distraught over the show’s cancellation.
The four screenings will feature full programs from the series, which has been released on video by Bear Family Records.
The schedule of screenings:
Sept. 7: Performances by Little Milton, Frank Howard & the Commanders, Esther Phillips, Gatemouth Brown, Joe Tex, Etta James, Lattimore Brown, Roscoe Shelton, Lee “Shot” Williams & Gerri Taylor, Carla Thomas, Art Grayson, Cleo Randle, Mighty Joe Young and Jimmy Church. (Volume 1 in the video series.)
Sept. 14: Performances by Jimmy Church, Freddie King, Gatemouth Brown, Gerri Taylor, Frank Howard & the Commanders, Barbara Lynn, The Kelly Brothers, Mighty Joe Young, Art Grayson, The Beat Boys, Joe Tex, Freddie King, The Carnations, Little Gary Ferguson, Johnny Jones and Charles “Charlie” Hodges. (Volume 2 in the video series.)
Sept. 21: 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. (Volume 4 in the series.)
Sept. 28: Performances by Johnny Larand, Frank Howard & The Commanders, Tammy McKnight, Johnny Jones, Eva Larse, Bobby Hebb, Rodge Martin, The Beat Boys, Earl Gaines & Jimmy Church, The Four M’s, Joe Simon, Freddie King, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges & Fred Ford, Willie Mitchell, Big Amos Patton, Veniece Starks, Little Milton, Don Bryant, The Ovations, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, The Bar-Kays, Mitty Collier, Garnett Mimms, Sam & Dave, and Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles! (Volume 6 in the series.)
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