There were several dozen dancers who appeared on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO over the full course of its run. Some were there for only a few episodes and some possibly for only one. The core group of dancers was comprised of JUNE, MIMI, DeANN, GWEN, JACQUI,DALE, and LUCILLE. These girls were there for many episodes, and in the case of DeANN and MIMI, every episode. We have also included SHELLEY, MILLIE, DAWN, and MARIA on the main menu because they each appeared for at least one month or more, and because of their dancing abilities.
Dancers considered "short-term", who we can identify by name, are included on this page. This is only a start and we hope to identify more. Perhaps you can help us by naming one of the ladies on our "Mystery Dancers" page?
CARLIE LYNN McCUMMINGS
CARLIE was a short-term dancer on whom we have scant information. We know that she was not one of the original HOLLYWOOD A GO-GOdancers and probably came onboard the show in late spring or summer of 1965. After graduating from college in Indiana in late spring of 1965 she was in her car and on the way to follow her dreams in California within a few weeks. Employment as a GAZZARRIfollowed shortly thereafter in Gazzarri's nightclub. She drifted on over to HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO to appear in three episodes during the summer of 1965.After her short stint on the show we know that in December of 1965 she was a go-go dancer in Long Beach at a club named Gay 90s a Go Go.
In 1969 she met Gene Clark from the Byrds and married him in 1970. The Byrds appeared on two episodes (# 30 and the last episode # 58) of HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO.CARLIEmay have danced on episode # 30 but we don't know if she and Gene had any contact at that time. We hope that someone can help us solve the mystery as to which dancer she is on the YouTube videos. She currently resides in northern California and works helping women with drug and alcohol dependency problems.
CARLIE McCUMMINGS CLARKpassed away on April 9, 2014. She leaves a legacy of charitable work and helping her fellow man that is impressive and an indication of the type of person she was. May she forever rest in peace.
GAY SCHICKLERwas another southern California girl discovered by AL BURTON during the mid-season hiring frenzy that brought in most of our mystery dancers. Her sister brought ALinto the Red Dog Tavern in Reseda, California to watch her younger sibling go-go on a wooden box. A try out with OSCAR WILLIAMS then followed. Her debut on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO was onepisode # 28. She is easy to identify because at 6' tall she is the tallest dancer to ever appear on the show (DeANN, who appeared on every episode, is 5' 10" tall). GAY ended up being the lucky recipient of the ticket to the ALOHA AGO-GOshow in Hawaii made available by DALE'S departure. We get several looks at her in the following ALOHAvideo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSgKaZzW8yQ At the :54 mark she is the dancer on the right in front of the Kamehameha statue. At the 2:12 mark we get a nice look at GAY, once again on the right, during the refilmed faux plane disembarkation. She is seen in the water behind the saxophone player at the 2:35 mark. When the KHJ crew flew back to LA after the taping GAY decided to stay behind for an additional week to see more of Hawaii.
After HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO she worked at Capitol Records. Following that she worked for record producer Bones Howe. Then after leaving the job market to raise a family she returned to the television industry and retired in 2010 from a position at CBS where she was a corporate controller for station acquisitions. She currently resides in southern California. There are a few photos of the auburn-haired dancer on our ALOHA page.
JOANNA HILL was born in Portsmouth, N.H. as JOANNAESKIJIAN, and like most of the GAZZARRI ladies she has had a very interesting life before and after her dancing days. She started dancing at a young age and became very good, so good that at age 17 she represented New Hampshire in the Jr. Miss America Pageant and won the talent division with her tap dancing. She was also in several other pageants as a teenager and we have a photo below.
As was the case with CARLIE McCUMMINGS, JOANNA found the lure of southern California more attractive than the cold northern winters, leading her to move there and start a job with a Hollywood law firm. In 1963 she landed a spot as an extra in the Elvis movie "Roustabout''". Nights would find her dancing in the Sunset Strip clubs, and it was here that she was discovered by a Gazzarri nightclub scout and hired as a dancer for the club in 1963. She was later picked from the pool of club dancers to dance on at least one episode as a GAZZARRI on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO.
The same month that HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO ended production (February 1966), she met Max Baer, Jr. of ""The Beverly Hillbillies" fame. They then married five months later. During this time she took up flying and earned her pilot's license. Her marriage to Max lasted five years and after the split she moved to Beverly Hills and became George Burns' neighbor. JOANNA immersed herself in the Hollywood scene and besides George became friends with Doris Day, Jack Benny, and Jimmy Stewart amongst others. She and George were often seen together at many Hollywood functions.
By the mid-1970's she was growing increasingly uncomfortable with the Hollywood scene. She sold her Hollywood mansion and moved to Atlanta, where she met her current husband. They planned and built a 15,000 square foot house on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, where they live to this day. JOANNA has always had an interest in vintage fashions and today she owns an enormous collection of dresses, shoes, and hats. The hat collection alone numbers over 2,000 and has its own room complete with display cases.
JOANNA remains very active on Hilton Head, often wearing her vintage outfits to charitable functions, and she is also an animal lover, volunteering her time at the local animal shelters.
JOANNA entered several pageants as a teenager while she was living in New Hampshire. The Miss New England Pageant was one of them and the photo above shows her on August 19, 1959 with the other finalists. Left to right are: Sally Ann Friedman, Miss New England 1959 Marjory Jane Macleod, Dianne Lipson, Carolyn Ann Kumant, and JOANNA. There were a total of 23 contestants so she did very well making it to the final five.
The photo above shows Max and JOANNA at an awards show in Los Angeles. JOANNA appeared in several episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies" as an extra with her husband Max.
Above is a rare photo of JOANNA taken in 1968 with her then husband Max Baer, Jr. They had married in 1966. We think that she appeared on episodes for which we have no tape footage.
One of the three photos of JOANNA from the late 1960s that we have been able to locate.