Jan. 6, 1968 was a Saturday. And there were a lot of teenagers that were excited…

Written by on January 6, 2018


Jan. 6, 1968 was a Saturday. And there were a lot of teenagers that were excited about a new TV show that was premiering that day. The show was called “Happening ’68” and was hosted by Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders.

The show was on ABC and it followed American Bandstand (as it would on Saturday afternoons.) The show was so popular that ABC added a weekday spin-off called “It’s Happening” that ran on Mondays through Fridays from July 15, 1968 through October 25, 1968. When 1968 ended, Happening ’68 became just Happening, which was canceled in October 1969.

Their band, Paul Revere and the Raiders made frequent appearances. There were guest performers lip-synching their latest releases, band contests with celebrity judges and other bits to attract teenage audiences.

How many of you remember watching “Happening ’68” when it premiered 50 years ago today? And how many remember “It’s Happening”?

Wow. 50 years now….




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