The !!!! Beat
|The !!!! Beat|
|Presented by||Bill "Hoss" Allen|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original release||1966 – 1966|
The !!!! Beat is an American television program which aired in syndication for 26 episodes in 1966. It was hosted by the Nashville, Tennessee based disc jockey Bill "Hoss" Allen, and featured a house band led by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The show was recorded in color at WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, which had color facilities, and recorded and syndicated episodes of the program. At that time, none of the Nashville stations had color capability.
Guests included: Otis Redding, Little Milton, Esther Phillips, Joe Tex, Etta James, Lattimore Brown, Roscoe Shelton, Carla Thomas, Freddie King, Barbara Lynn, Johnny Taylor, The Radiants, Louis Jordan, The Mighty Hannibal, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, Robert Parker, Joe Simon, Mitty Collier, Jamo Thomas, Z. Z. Hill, Lou Rawls, Bobby Hebb, Willie Mitchell, Don Bryant, The Ovations, The Bar-Kays, Percy Sledge, Garnet Mimms, and Sam & Dave all appeared. Some of the artists would also chart well into the 1970s.
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- Gilbert, Calvin (March 26, 2004). "Climbing Aboard Night Train to Nashville; Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Chronicles Nashville's R&B Heritage". CMT News. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
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