Upbeat (TV series)

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Upbeat
Also known as The Big Five Show
Format Music, variety
Presented by Don Webster
Country of origin United States
Production company(s) Herman Spero Productions
Broadcast
Original channel WEWS-TV (1964-1966)
Syndicated (1966-1971)
Picture format Black-and-white (1964–1967)
Color (1967–1971)
Audio format Monaural
Original run 1964 – 1971

Upbeat was a syndicated musical variety show produced in Cleveland, Ohio at ABC affiliate WEWS-TV 5 that aired from 1964 to 1971 (the last five years airing nationally in first run syndication).[1]

History[edit]

Originally titled as The Big 5 Show, the series began as a local program when it premiered in 1964,[2] the name was a reference to WEWS Channel 5 and the 5 to 6 p.m. time slot on Saturday afternoons. When the program became syndicated nationally, the name of the show was changed to Upbeat, and as stations had the option of airing the program at different times, the program's title change was necessary.[3]

The introduction of the program commenced with a studio musician shouting "HEY LET'S GO WITH THE UPBEAT SHOW!" as the in-house band, Dave C and The Sharptones, would play the introductory theme song with the program's main title logo, slowly exploding and coming back together again in a quasi-animated frame by frame fashion as the performers were announced for that particular episode. The series was aired in black and white from 1964 until 1967, then broadcast in color from 1967 until the series demise in 1971.[4]

The program's host, Don Webster, was a familiar face to WEWS viewers. In addition to hosting "Upbeat," Webster was also WEWS' weatherman on their nightly newscasts.[5]

Local and area performers[edit]

In addition to such local talent as The Rapid Transit, The GTOs, The Grasshoppers, The Baskerville Hounds, Bocky and The Visions, The Damnation of Adam Blessing, The James Gang and Raspberries founder Eric Carmen, many regional performers gaining national exposure also appeared on the show including Question Mark & the Mysterians, Terry Knight and the Pack, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, The Bob Seger System, Cleveland's The Outsiders and Canton's O'Jays .

During years when "Go-Go" was popular, the show featured its own go-go girls made up of area young ladies dressed in the popular outfits and footwear of that period.

The UPBEAT DANCERS: Jean Hagadorn, Arlee Gibson, Arline Bucks, Beverly Jones, Constance Gibson, Diane Rini, Jacquelyn Carson, John Magill, Kim Havrilla, Linda Mulcahey, Mary Lynn Curnayn, Michael Ray, Peggy Miller. [6]

Performers who appeared on "Upbeat" (partial listing)[6][edit]

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