Beyond any/all doubt, Uncle Lloyd's show was the greatest of its kind on terra firma (ie, "earth". Look out your window for an example ...)
Man, when I knew that program was coming on, I'd sneak into the bedroom (where my folks had a second -- much smaller -- TV) about twenty minutes ahead-of-time just so I could "lay claim" to the set (we had a rule in the Hinson household: Whoever got to the TV set first got to choose the program! And, with two brothers, there was a constant battle.) Couldn't've cared less about the dancing, as such ... I had two left feet, anyway, and no dancing partner ... but that little guy with the suit that ran the show was a total nut, and he made that show lively and fun to watch!
His interaction with the kids was amazing ... and a great influence on my own desire to be behind a mic someday ...
but it was Lloyd's banter with the acts that was the real kick! When he interviewed the Knickerbockers, danced with the Godfather of Soul, or chatted with Bill and Bobby (the Righteous Brothers), I saw something remarkable: Unlike so many other interviewers, Lloyd could get past any shell that said "STAR" and brought out that part that said "...ALSO A HUMAN BEING LIKE ANYBODY ELSE!"
To me, the most hilarious segment was when he grabbed a guitar and, with the stage darkened and just a spotlight on him, began to lip-synch to Dylan's Desolation Row (the song, itself, is about eleven minutes and change). He had the plaintive, faraway look of a folk singer at Cafe Wha?, and was doing a good job.
Then they cut for commercials.
Coming back, there was Lloyd ... still "singing," but with the studio "empty", the random newspaper blowing past him as though he'd been left, abandoned, to finish the ultra-long (at that time) tune. Having just listened to the song again on the "Highway 61 Revisited" LP, I laughed so hard that my sides hurt for a good 24 hours afterward ...
Then, there were the Byrds ... the live performance. It certainly made me "feel a whole lot better" about what my folks called the "frammin' away" I did on the Sears Silvertone. Though they'd bucked the set's system, the fivesome gave me the confidence to hit the stage myself ...
It was a tragic day when I tuned in just to learn that Lloyd's show was no longer on the schedule ... but, somehow, I knew that, whatever The Man did, he'd be rockin' while he was doin' it!
I know for a fact that, though Lloyd's been away from us for awhile, the magic that he spun here on earth has influenced countless thousands with the pure spirit of what life itself was all about ... and that will make him "number-one-with-a-bullet" on this writer's Top 40 List for years to come.
Rock on, my friend!!
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