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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

LLOYD HAS MOVED ON

Hello:

My name is Barbara Thaxton, Lloyd's wife.

Lloyd passed away last Sunday morning in my arms. He has now moved on to his next creative project ... making the angels laugh.

Goodbye my beloved. I will miss you.

The world will miss you.

Your comments are welcome.

111 Comments:

Blogger Bill Crider said...

One of the greats. May he rest in peace.

3:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,

I am so terribly sorry to hear of Mr. Thaxton's passing. He was so important to me when I was a teenager, and I will always smile when I think of him and the show I was addicted to for so many years! Everything in my house had to stop when "The Lloyd Thaxton Show" was on! My condolences to you and your family. Diane Glaze, Los Alamitos, California

3:38 PM

 
Blogger thevidiot said...

I too am sorry to hear about the passing of Lloyd Thaxton. I worked with him on "Fight Back" a few times at NBC and found him a wonderful producer. And he had so many wonderful stories!

I'm sure he is already producing the next big show in the afterlife.

Mark West
Editor

4:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LLoyd...
I interned for you back in the summer of 1991 on "Fight Back" at KNBC. It meant so much to me to work with and learn from a true television legend. I remember sitting in your office while you explained how an audience is more likely to stick with your program if you give them something interesting to look at. Which was how you explained the commercial challenges that were called wacky but always got the point across. Working for you that summer really inspired me to persue a career in television, one that has been very rewarding and successful. Thanks for taking the time.
LLoyd you will be missed but the memories live on.

Roman

4:01 PM

 
Anonymous Randy Skretvedt said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Lloyd's passing. I got an e-mail from him on September 25. He didn't indicate that he was having any major health problems. I've corresponded with him occasionally over the past year--I told him he had a lot to answer for, because it was his local show (on KCOP-13 in Los Angeles) that turned me into a record collector while I was still in pre-school. I didn't yet listen to Top-40 radio, but I still heard all of the current hits (1962-65) on Lloyd's show. My mother worked in Long Beach, the nearest "big" city, and every couple of weeks or so she'd say, "I'm going to go shopping in Long Beach today, are there any records you want me to get for you?" I'd say, "Yeah! I want "Surfer's Stomp" by the Marketts, "Roses Are Red" by Bobby Vinton, "Calling All Cars" by Davey Summers, and "Watermelon Man" by Mongo Santamaria!" At least those are four 45s I still have that I remember getting as a direct result of Lloyd's show. He was a *very* funny and clever guy, which is why I watched the show in the first place; Dick Clark and "American Bandstand" had precious little humor and was of no interest to me.

He was a great talent in many ways, a warm and gracious person, and I will miss him. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Randy Skretvedt
Buena Park, California

4:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My condolences to you Barbara.
I checked the blog regularly to see what he'd be up to next. It was very cool to meet Mr. Thaxton last year at the Egyptian theatre. Thanks to Domenic Priore, there was Lloyd hosting that courtyard event complete with live bands and go-go dancers. He was very happy that day. I'm grateful he chose to share his life with us all here in "Walt's Tommorowland" (the internet).

We're slowly seeing the last of the Los Angeles that mattered disappear into memories...but what memories they are!

~ ML ~

4:09 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 50's and 60's growing up in Long Beach were some of the very best years of my life. Many of those memories include Lloyd and the Dance Show. He always had a smile and a laugh out loud personality to share with us. We will miss you Lloyd but we will never forget you!
Stan Irvin

4:16 PM

 
Blogger Bobby Logan said...

Barbara,

My deepest, most sincere condolences. I often would see Lloyd as he walked along Ventura Blvd. here in Studio City and would often find myself having a great conversation with him. He was always, always, approachable and very nice. He loved sharing ideas and talking about his projects. The last one he told me about was putting together a 'best of' series of DVDs from his old music programs. I hope you are able to complete this project -- both for us and for Lloyd.

I will miss seeing him on the Blvd. But will be forever happy to have gotten to know him.

Sincerely,

Bobby Logan

4:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,

I am so sorry for your loss. I usually do not comment publicly like this on the passing of a "celebrity" but Lloyd Thaxton was much more than that to me. I was one of those impressionable teens going to San Pedro High School in L.A. and watched your husbands show a lot. In many ways it was a show that "showcased" a time and culture that was very special to me and the other teens that watched it or had the opportunity to be on it. Your husband had a way of making that show "our" show and his passing is a loss for me and my generation as well.

Vince Iacono

5:19 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very sorry to hear of Lloyd's passing. I LOVED his show in the 60's I would come home from elementary school & danced & sang along as I watched his show. He was fantastic & an inspiration to all. I especially remember when Jim Morrison came on the show. My sincere condolences to you & your family. He really made a difference in so many lives. His memory will live on!!
my best, Rone'

6:28 PM

 
Anonymous Rip Rense said...

He hosted the best pop music/dance show in town, if not the country. He was funny, he was easy-going, he was likable, he was down-to-earth. He did a mean Toulouse Lautrec impression. Thaxton wrote the show, winged the show, and gave a lot of kids a good time after school in the early '60's. You could just tell that this was a neat guy, and you looked forward to seeing him. Glad he had a good long ride. Here's a clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3eTYPK4dJA

7:53 PM

 
OpenID cahwyguy said...

I pass on my condolences as well. I remember Lloyd not from his television work, but from his weekend talk show that he had on KABC in the 1970s, which I listened to regularly. He always made me laugh.

8:24 PM

 
Blogger Big Fella said...

While Lloyd Thaxton may have departed this world, I am sure he is hosting a dandy of a dance party in the great beyond. Some time around 1962, Lloyd pulled me from the dance crowd on the KCOP set and convinced me to lip synch "Santa is Coming to Town", in a role as the falsetto voice in The Four Seasons. Me, a shy, introverted kid, who was afraid to even pick up the phone call a girl, was dancing and lip synching on L.A. TV, a memory I will never forget, thanks to Lloyd Thaxton.

9:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must admit I had never heard of him but stars what a wonderful and funny man. Condolences to his family and friends.

10:40 PM

 
Blogger Dave Mackey said...

Our prayers to Lloyd, and his family and friends. I watched his show as a wee tot - it was syndicated into NYC for a time - and also enjoyed his production expertise on the "Fight Back" show. I really enjoyed reading his blog and regret never having anything to say about it until now. Thanks, Lloyd.

4:42 AM

 
Blogger Geno said...

My condolences to Lloyd's family and friends. I will treasure our many emails back-and-forth, since he opened this blog.

Lloyd, say "hey" to my Mom. She loves you, too.

4:53 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For one last time:

SO WHAT?!?

RIP

5:05 AM

 
Blogger DL said...

I watched his show in the 60's in my home town of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. I can't tell you how many times I have thought of Mr. Thaxton over the years and how much I enjoyed the show. I can still see him lip-singing "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," by the Animals. What fun!! God bless him, his family, friends and fans.

Dick Loftin
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

5:31 AM

 
Anonymous Dave Mason said...

Wow. Deepest sorrow from down the road in San Diego. Lloyd added so much to our lives, and I know he always wanted to give more. I had the chance to talk to him several times on the radio a few years back, shortly before they pulled the plug on our Oldies format. He always came across as the guy you'd like to have living next door to you. You know, the neighbor who wore the Viking helmet? He was an inspiration to me, and always will be. THey say "rest in peace", but knowing what I was able to learn about Lloyd, he won't rest. He's got too many stories, too many angels to entertain.

6:10 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard the sad news! Such a loss! Had the very special pleasure getting to know Lloyd when he made a very special visit to my 40th High School Reunion back in 2006. He wrote about it here is his blog.

He will definitely have the angels laughing ... as they lip sync there way into eternity!

Dana C
Oceanside, CA

7:25 AM

 
Anonymous Bobby said...

He brought happiness and joy to young people. What more could you ask for.

8:18 AM

 
Blogger VM said...

My condolences to the whole family. I grew up with Lee, Robin and Jennifer. Lloyd was always gracious and funny. I loved his show as a kid. He will be missed!
VM
Newport Beach

9:35 AM

 
Blogger Gary said...

I am in absolute shock. I heard from Lloyd about a week ago and he only mentioned how Jennifer was doing fine and ready to move to Vegas. Never a word about his health. I am deeply saddened. My condolences to the entire Thaxton family. R.I.P. buddy!!
NEXT!

10:10 AM

 
Anonymous "Skipper T. Thomas" said...

We never met, but I knew you as a kid.. Every afternoon on our humble local NBC affiliate, WFIE-TV, Channel 14 in Evansville, Indiana... I am amazed by those Lloyd influenced in radio and tv.. Ken, has done far beyond a normal media man's dream... I will celebrate the influence Mr. Thaxton had on all of us 'young' dj's and rock'n'roll media types!

I wonder if they have any "Twist" boards beyond the gates of Heaven?

PIP! (Not 'rest', but 'party' in peace! The Lloyd Thaxton way!)

R.E."Skipper T." Spence
Evansville, Indiana
Radio Consultant/Engineer and still hit the mic a time or two, each week!

10:56 AM

 
Anonymous Greg said...

Lloyd brought humor and good times to so many of us. His insights and outlook are to be emulated and his legacy should live long.
There's a cool story and video of Lloyd here: http://www.obit-mag.com/viewmedia.php?prmMID=5130

Enjoy.

11:33 AM

 
Anonymous Dave the Rave said...

Rock and Roll heaven is sadly filled with many marquee artists whom I often think I will get to see when it is my time to go.

Heaven now has the perfect host for the departed rock & roll artists as I am sure in the afterlife Lloyd Thaxton will find some way to re-create the excitement and fun that prevailed on the Lloyd Thaxton Show.

Lloyd was so well respected by the artists that performed on the Thaxton show. I had the opportunity of interviewing Lloyd for my radio show "Relics & Rarities" (archived at www.davetherave.com). When word got out that Lloyd was going to be a guest live on my show, top recording artists were calling me and asking if they could please be on my show because they wanted to speak with LLoyd Thaxton and express their love and appreciation for what all described as a dance show special and unique because of the warmth and sincerity of LLoyd Thaxton.

It was the outpouring of these recording stars that tipped me off in advance that I not only had scored an interview with a man that I had so much admired because of the music and laughter provided by the Thaxton show, but that I would be interviewing a person who was loved and revered by the stars that performed on his show.

Lloyd Thaxton was the best guest I ever had on my show. Lloyd was informative, funny, and filled the airwaves with warmth that you feel when you are speaking with someone that is just a nice guy.

In fact, what Lloyd and I had planned to be a 1 hour interview, lasted 3 hours because of the many artists that called in to talk with Lloyd and the incredible stories and events that unfolded on this show.

Lloyd Thaxton was truly one of a kind. I feel proud and honored to say that I was able to graduate from fan to friend of Lloyd Thaxton.

If I tell you that upon hearing the news that Lloyd had passed away
that I shed a few tears, it's okay if I hear you yell back at me "so what". After all, Lloyd understood when they yelled that at him and so will I.

Dave the Rave
www.davetherave.com

11:33 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All together now for Lloyd,to hear ... SO WHAT!!!!

Dana C
Oceanside, CA

11:39 AM

 
Blogger LAPrince said...

To the Thaxton Family-
I went to school with his sons Lee and Robin. My heart goes out to your family for your lose.
Mark Danchick

11:51 AM

 
Anonymous steve goddard said...

Lloyd Thaxton was the coolest! I remember growing up in Oklahoma in the 60's and watching him after school. He was funny, innovative, and never talked down to his guests or the audience. Also remember the 80's syndicated show that ran for awhile here in Phoenix. I have great respect for him and what he did. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

11:57 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew in ELA in the 60's and remember watching Lloyd's show on TV. It's really a tribute to all those teen show pioneers, such as Lloyd, that basically brought a generation through some very trying times. I hadn't remembered about his show in a long time, but glad he lived a long and prosperous life. My condolences to his family.

Hector

12:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew in ELA in the 60's and remember watching Lloyd's show on TV. It's really a tribute to all those teen show pioneers, such as Lloyd, that basically brought a generation through some very trying times. I hadn't remembered about his show in a long time, but glad he lived a long and prosperous life. My condolences to his family.

Hector

12:24 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many hours did my sister and I spend glued to the television set in our formative years, watching -- among other offerings -- the Lloyd Thaxton show? The internet made it possible to google him, and I was thrilled to see that he was still alive, kicking, cheerful and lucid ...

But now I see that Mr. Thaxton is no longer with us. I wish my best to his spouse and other family members ... and think now of the millions who never will forget Lloyd Thaxton.

12:30 PM

 
Blogger Larry said...

Wow, how time flies. Didn't realize Lloyd was 81. Always thought he was maybe 10 years older than the kids on his show. Goes to show acting crazy does make you look younger!! I loved his show. A great memory of growing up in So Cal. One of my favorite parts was how he would usually get the unsuspecting guest band with some sort of funny zinger. Glad to hear there will be a highlights DVD available.

1:46 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please accept the sincere condolences of a complete stranger on your loss. I felt like I almost knew your husband because he was such a big part of my life and enjoyment while growing up in Southern California in the '50s and '60s. He was always so far ahead of the creative cycle in TV and all of us truly appreciated his talent.

For those who grew up at that time and had the good fortune to enjoy his intellect and wit, they understand and feel what I am trying to express.

Thank you Lloyd, for showing us some of the more important lessons of life.

kaj

2:02 PM

 
Blogger Tom Diehl said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Lloyd Thaxton. I had barely any idea who he was before Dave The Rave interviewed him, and to learn that such a revered man is no longer walking this earth makes this place a little bit darker to be living in. I am not old enough to have been able to watch him on television when he was on the air nationally, and quite often I wish i were able to have lived in that era. I can only hope that when the dvd of Lloyd's show highlights does finally see the light of day, that it will be a fitting tribute to a man that so many millions of people looked up to for decades. God bless you, Lloyd Thaxton.

2:20 PM

 
Blogger mleeka said...

Dear Barbara, my deepest and most sincere condolences. Lloyd was a speaker one year ago at the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. He was funny, interesting and wise, and the capacity crowd gave Lloyd a standing ovation. He was one of a kind and I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to meet Lloyd and spend time with him. Marc Leeka, Los Angeles

2:26 PM

 
Blogger tabloidbaby said...

He was a great and his show influenced our lives.

God bless Lloyd Thaxton.

5:00 PM

 
Blogger Cindy said...

My husband and I both loved Lloyd Thaxton and his dance show when we were kids and have never forgotten him. He loomed very large in our young lives. Our deepest condolences.

Cindy Mediavilla
Tim Ahern

5:41 PM

 
Anonymous Pearl Leeka said...

Dear Barbara,

Last year my husband Marc invited Lloyd to be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. Lloyd graciously accepted and he gave a wonderful and humorous talk about his life; and made a few of us cry too. You probably remember that our club members honored him with a long standing ovation. Afterward he gave me a kiss on the cheek. I was giddy for days! What a thrill it was to meet both you and Lloyd on such a memorable day. He was a special person. I will never forget him.

We both send you our heartfelt condolences to you and family. Pearl and Marc Leeka
Los Angeles, October 8, 2008

5:50 PM

 
Anonymous demgirl said...

To the Thaxton Family,

Deepest condolences on the loss of Lloyd. He was a great guy who brought a lot of fun and happiness to many.

Growing up in St. Louis, Mo, my sister and I used to watch his show religiously after school. It was so much fun and he introduced so many great acts that went on to fame.

Thanks for the great memories!

7:27 PM

 
Blogger Michele said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,
So many of us loved your husband. I still remember my brother coming home and his friends laughing over the 'Cara Mia' skit. Dinner was always at 5 p.m. but it was changed so the whole family could watch the show. He will always to me be the humorous man who connected with the teenager planet and his humor showed a zest for what he was doing. My best to the whole family. Time for the angels to laugh now and 'stay tuned. Blessings ((((((((((Michele)))))))))

7:50 PM

 
Anonymous John said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,
We all watched Lloyd's show as teenagers, I even got to lip-sync on one of the shows. 40+ years later at reunions, we still enjoy talking about it. My condolences, I'm sorry to hear of his passing. His talent and humor brightened up those early 60's afternoons for many of us.
John Drysdale, Temecula, CA

7:57 PM

 
Blogger Mike McCann said...

Barbara,

Lloyd taught us many lessons -- the strongest was to laugh. love and learn all through the course of our lives. He touched so many of us, so strongly. I am deeply honored that he shared his wisdom and genuine humanity with me.

I strongly believe in these words: "A life that touches other lives lives forever." Thus, Lloyd will remain with all of us for all time.

Mike McCann
Fairfield CT

8:19 PM

 
Blogger Bill Earl said...

I STILL have both his Capitol 45 "My Name Is Lloyd Thaxton" and a black haired DAWK still in the box with Lloyd's picture on it on a special shelf in my home office. He sent me a personal e-mail in 2007. His presence in my life will always be cherished...just that fact he knew WHO I am was a huge honor for me. If there's a heaven, HE'S IN IT for all the hoy he brought me in my life.

BiLL Earl
Advisor
Classic Dj & Radio Scrapbook
http://classicdjradioscrapbook.blogspot.com/

9:40 PM

 
Blogger Mike Barer said...

I got the e-mail and thought it was a cruel joke. I'm speechless but feel very blessed that I got to know him and he got to know me. As one of the early children of the TV generation, I grew up with the reality that we don't get to meet our heroes from the screen.
Through the magic of the internet, Lloyd was an exception. Not only did I read his blog but he was kind of enough to comment on mine. I was also mentioned in his, something that I could not imagine as a 7 year old kid on Leonard Street in Walla Walla, WA some 46 years ago. My prayers go out to the family.

9:52 PM

 
Anonymous Wendy V said...

He will certainly be missed. I remember him and his show most fondly. I will pay tribute to him on my radio show in Nashville on Saturday.

6:43 AM

 
Blogger bufftuff said...

He was a trailblazer.

Lloyd was cool, funny and zany.

Let those reality shows try to top that.

7:12 AM

 
Blogger MM said...

Barbara, I am SO sad at hearing this news. I've been reading and interacting with Lloyd's blog for a long time. It was such a thrill every time Lloyd actually "spoke" to me personally thru the blog. I've been checking back wondering why he hasn't updated since July and now I know. I am SO sorry for your loss. What a great guy and what a great life. I hope that the family follows through with the DVD collection. We've been waiting a long time and now it's even more important to keep Lloyd's name and his impact on music history alive.
Take care
Marty

10:22 AM

 
Anonymous Tom Goodwin said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,
Long a fan, I had the pleasure of working with Lloyd during his shortlived weekend talk show at KABC. He was a class act then and from all I've read, he was, right up to the time he "moved on."
My best thoughts to you and your family. Sincerely, Tom Goodwin (former KABC radio engineer)

10:29 AM

 
Blogger GRAFFIX said...

Dear Mrs Thaxton,
I'm 62 years old and I cried when I read the story. My mom would take me and my girlfriend to the show from Pacific Palisades. Long drive, but always worth it. They called my name once and my girl and I got up to join the rest of the kids to dance and have a good time. For lip sync time, they picked me and I did "I wish that we were married" by "Ronnie". I didn't need the teleprompter and when the part comes up and he's crying, I pulled out a hanky and cried! LLoyd went nuts and screamed for the kids to applaud and yell. He was so good at making kids feel important. Heaven got a great guy.

Wayne Evans
Simi Valley, Ca

11:19 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I already posted, but after watching my video of Lloyd's visit to my reunion back in 2006 decided I wanted to share it with others. Most only recall him for the 60s, but you'll find a familiar Lloyd when you watch, with tears of laughter & sadness at the same time!

It's just an amateur home video and not the greatest quality, but the Thaxton style still comes across:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0tWRbDlFfM
(I uploaded it abvout 1 pm PST Oct 9, so it's still processing - check again later if it's not working when you take a look)

What a character and a very special person your husband was, Barbara. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Dana C
Oceanside, CA

P.S. In 2006 I sent Lloyd a copy of the entire CPHS reunion video, so family & frieds can view it any time without being onlihe.

1:16 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dana,
I just went to You Tube to check the video out and there was a msg saying it was removed by the user. Can you re-do it or was there a problem with You Tube?
Thanks!
Gary

2:30 PM

 
Anonymous Mark A. Moore said...

I'm really glad I got to see Lloyd at Jan Berry's memorial bash at the Roxy in Hollywood, back in 2004. Lloyd spoke about Jan coming on the show after his accident, to let people know he was still writing and recording music. Lloyd was very supportive of Jan. A class act.

2:50 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,

When I heard about Lloyd's passing this morning I immediately went to YouTube to remember and reflect on a part of my childhood. I watched Lloyd's show every afternoon and always wished I could be on it. My sympathy to you and your family.

Angie Naron
Chicago, Illinois

3:41 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,

I'm so sorry for your loss, but know what a true original Lloyd was...I was a very young girl (5 yrs old) when his show first aired in L.A., but it was the FUN show to watch...I have some very fond memories (my favorite was "Mr. Bass Man". And then he went on to do other shows and was still in the public eye and was STILL fun to watch...

Even behind the scenes I'm sure his originality was apparent.

Mr. Thaxton is now at peace and now you can be too

With my sincerest condolences,
Elena Clinton
Inglewood, Ca

4:58 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, one more time ... the YouTube problem was that the video was too long - so I split it into Part 1 & Part 2. Here's a link to my "Lloyd Thaxton visit August 2006" playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6C3E505EA9CEEBA4

Click on Play All Videos and Part 2 will play continuously after Part 1. Hope this works for everyone!!

5:27 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Dear! I just heard of Lloyd's passing. I was only a boy of 6,7, 8... etc. when I first saw him on TV but I was hooked from the start and always loved and watched his shows (including fight back). I was so glad to find him all these years later on this blog. I was lucky enough to win a contest he had for the answer to the "Minute Mystery" and Lloyd sent me his book Stuff Happens as my prize. Rest in Peace Lloyd and my very sincere condolences to his Lovely wife Barbara. Arthur )a Fan for well over 45 years!)

8:20 PM

 
Blogger Gaylel said...

One of my childhood idols has gone.....

I, like many of you has been shocked and saddened of Lloyd's passing, and it was three years ago that he invited me to read and take part in his blog after I sent him an e-mail via Lane Quigley's show, when he was talking about his long career.

I remember him lip-synching the latest hits. I remember the infamous "finger people", which I copied off of him. And I remember all the stunts he pulled like making a choir out of his audience.

And as we are watching this year's presidential campaign, he really told it like it about this present admistration and its incompent leader.

Lloyd was one of a kind and was an orginal.

Thank you Barbara for loaning him to us and allowing him to tell us stories about his long career, and thank you Lloyd for allowing yourself for being a guest in my home, growing up in South Central L.A., entertaining this almost 50-something woman in her formative years.

My prayers and thoughts are for you and Jennifer and all the family.

11:14 PM

 
Blogger THE ROCK RELIC said...

Dearest Barbara and family,

I heard the news only yesterday, and have only now been able to address it.
The passing of Lloyd leaves a tremendous void in everyone's heart ... yet he leaves such a legacy! You, Jen and the family (including Tucker!) have been blessed by one of the greatest hearts in this or any OTHER century!
I've pored through all the emails I saved, the vids he sent, the DVDs and all ... and what I've found is a portrait of a man whom we should ALL emulate in one manner or another!
Tonight, as five "finger people" of one hand are busy wiping a tear, the other hand is figuratively around your family.
If there's anything The Relic can do for you and yours ... if our "Mouse Cliquers" ever find the need to talk ... I'm always available. Just let me know.

RIP Uncle LLoyd! You are the champion, my friend ...
Chuck
The Rock Relic
therockrelic@yahoo.com

2:46 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful memories come back when I think of The Lloyd Thaxton Show. I would hurry home from school just so excited and dance and sing watching. He will always be a wounderful part of my youth.
My condolences. Annette Pitre, Ca.

7:56 AM

 
Blogger Karen said...

No one of my southern California 60's generation could forget Lloyd Thaxton. We all loved his dance show. I had the zany opportunity to be on his show and to my surprise...I was picked to lip-sync Louis Armstrong w/trumpet and I'm a girl. What a hoot!! I'm sure he is still making fun & laughter in the great beyond. Blessings to you and your family. Karen Harris, Fairfield, IA

8:08 AM

 
Blogger daniel said...

I just got the news of Lloyd's passing on the news wire...I'm on the air right now...i just paid tribute to Lloyd on my show...Because of his TV show i got into radio...Because i thought he was the coolest man on TV when i was 7 years old.

Lloyd...rest in peace.

9:21 AM

 
Blogger THE ROCK RELIC said...

Barbara, just a word to let you know that condolences are pouring in from all OVER the Rock Relic's world. Since on-site and e-mail posting about Lloyd's passing last night, I've fielded about 200 responses and well-wishes.
These include:
THE FORE
my-generation (Yahoo! group) members
Rock-Talk! members
readers from all my posts (Rockaholics)
professional wrestlers
friends from b5Media

To a person, they ALL have the warmest, kindest memories of LL.

There was ONE thing that Lloyd did: He urged me to ROCK!! I know that sounds odd, but, with the blogs and writes and the paper-in-the-works, it was inspiring.

HE TRULY BELIEVED IN EACH OF HIS FRIENDS!!

Thus, in his honor and memory, the Relic is gonna do JUST THAT ... and as NEVER BEFORE:
For LL ... THIS Relic's gonna ROCK!!!

If you, Jen or anyone needs someone to talk with or if there's anything I can do, I'm only as far away as a "mouse clique".

12:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you always Lloyd. You are one of the best. We know those angels have been waiting for a TV show up there too. Love your crazy hats. Love your laugh. I will miss you so much, words fail me. Love Always 0 your Karen O.

3:48 PM

 
Anonymous Duke&Banner said...

Gonna miss ya, and will do a good wake on the air next week.

Duke&Banner

2:25 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry for the loss of Lloyd. I was a neighbor in the Canyon and a dancer on The Lloyd Thaxton Show. I remember running over to the studio after school every day to get there in time for the show.

Reading all of these comments is a real flash from the past and keeps the memories living on.

My condolences to all the family members, and YES, I have written my obit as Lloyd suggested on his blog.

Randy (formerly) Isaacs

8:38 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs Thaxton- so sorry of your loss.Lloyd Thaxton was a household staple to me and my sisters.We are baby boomers from San Diego and loved watching him,Robert W Morgan and Sam Bass- 9th Street West from LA.He meant so much to us, bringing love and music to our world.God bless you and Lloyd.Love you!Debbie L

2:21 PM

 
Blogger ironbear said...

The LT show was heaven for those of us who loved this music. So many inventive and funny bits. Rest easy, Lloyd...and thanks.

6:57 PM

 
Anonymous earl said...

Barbara

I am deeply sorry about Lloyd's passing. I sent him an e-mail
the first of October asking if he was alright because he had not
posted anything on the blog site in a long while. Unfortunately,
my fears were correct.

I first contacted Lloyd
several years ago about his TV show "Funny You Should
Ask". He was nice enough to try and find an answer for my question.
When he set up his blog site, he e-mailed me to let me know
that it was up and running. I visited the site from time to time
and would e-mail him a note if something really struck a cord
with me such as when he wrote about his owning an Iseta.
I found his story telling skills to be one of kind and
complemented him on just how good his stuff was; he replied
that my complements made his day. Perhaps I was able to
repay him a little bit for all the great times I had reading the
blog.

I had hoped that one day he would come
to the East Coast for a book signing or some such thing and
would be close enough to where I live that we could
get together and chat. That was never to be.

I have lost a friend that I never met.

earl

5:38 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your (our) loss -- I've only just discovered this blog and would love some time to explore it - I hope you'll keep it up and let Mr. Thaxton continue to entertain and enlighten. Thank you...

8:09 PM

 
Blogger Mark said...

Dear Mrs Thaxton,

I suppose I was 14 or 15 when the Lloyd Thaxton Show was big on TV here in Baltimore. He appeared at a local appliance store to meet his fans, I walked there to meet him, and I still remember how, even in the crush of so many kids surging the little area where he sat autographing 5 x 7's, he still took a moment for a kind and personal word with each one of us.

Condolences on your loss. The world was a better place for his being here.

Mark

4:15 AM

 
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Blogger Kevinvm said...

I only heard about Mr. Thaxton's passing today. Oh, my...first Jack Narz and now, Lloyd Thaxton. I remember his dance party show here in New York on WPIX-11. I foundly remember his game show, "Funny You Should Ask."
I knew how much he admired Jerry Lewis and how much he admired him.

Another childhood friend gone...

God bless, Mr. Thaxton. I hope we meet in heaven.

Kevin Van Meter
Boxing Ring Announcer
New York Daily News Golden Gloves
Madison Square Garden,
New York City

6:56 PM

 
Blogger SmartAssProducts said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, Ms Thaxton. Wow...Lloyd Thaxton was a HUGE part of my childhood. RIP, Lloyd.

7:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope, Mrs. Thaxton, we can share some of your husband's memories by viewing for us all, some scenes from Mr. Thaxton's game show, "Funny You Should Ask."

Kevin Van Meter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg4_4vTBY1c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=janqlisQO98&feature=related

8:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss!

I was a long ago fan. Loved his show.
Miss his humour.

8:29 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara,

So sorry to hear about Lloyd. I was a "regular" on the show so many years ago.

Lloyd loved my look. I designed my own clothing and one time wore a revealing dress with a back cut-out. Only a giant bow covered by (gasp) bra strap.

I would love to find that footage again. Me in the dance contest--wearing the notorious dress. It was orange and white, I remember. I won the contest. Hopefully for the dancing skills--not the reveal.

Please let me know how the DVD project is coming along. I have friends in the area who would be willing to help.

Margaret Downey

8:13 PM

 
Anonymous margaret downey said...

Barbara,

So sorry to hear about Lloyd. I was a "regular" on the show so many years ago.

Lloyd loved my look. I designed my own clothing and one time wore a revealing dress with a back cut-out. Only a giant bow covered by (gasp) bra strap.

I would love to find that footage again. Me in the dance contest--wearing the notorious dress. It was orange and white, I remember. I won the contest. Hopefully for the dancing skills--not the reveal.

Please let me know how the DVD project is coming along. I have friends in the area who would be willing to help.

Margaret Downey

8:15 PM

 
Blogger THERESA said...

I am so saddened by Mr. Thaxtons' passing=I really can't believe it. He was truly one of a kind.
Please consider carrying on with his plan to release The Show on DVD. Mr. Thaxtons' talent and spirit HAVE to go on and be seen by future generations. Fairfax, VA

7:45 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very freaky. I was going through my mother's scrapbook of when she got married (July 1944) and in it is a letter from a Lloyd Thaxton. Can anyone tell me if the Lloyd Thaxton talked about here spent time in the service, and where he was overseas. He mentions where in his letters and which fighter squad he was in. It's a four-page letter and now I wonder if his family would like to see it.
Ed Cavin.
Please email direct at specify@telus.net

9:43 PM

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Thaxton, I'm so sorry your husband has left us.

I had a truly miserable time in my teenaged years back in the 60's and Lloyd's show really cheered me up, gave me respite from what was going on around me, and helped me get through it. I have only fond memories of you husband; he was a very dear man.

Janet

5:36 PM

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to you, your family and all of Lloyd's friends and fans.

He brought so much joy, laughter and fun into so many lives. He's one of a kind.

His brand of humor and creativity is rare. I'm so sorry for your loss and ours.

A fan for many, many years.

Teresa

1:09 AM

 
Anonymous stevefan said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton,

My sincere condolences to your family for the passing of your husband. May he rest in peace and make angels laugh

Stevefan

3:46 AM

 
Anonymous Susan Hubbart said...

Dear Barbara -

I am so sorry to hear of Lloyd passing on. It only just occurred to me that I had not received an update on his blog recently and thought I should check to see what was going on. I was shocked to read that Lloyd is gone. I was a big fan of his in the 60's and watched his show regularly. It was just last year that I heard a jazzed up version of Summertime on an NPR program that reminded me of him because he had lip synched it on his show and did an amazing job of it.

I hope knowing that he brought laughter and joy to many is of some comfort to you.

Warm regards,
Susan Hubbart

9:57 PM

 
Blogger Steve said...

Barbara,
My father worked at KCOP and I was on Lloyd's show many times after school.
He was great to us, and so funny as you stated.

May the fact that he was so loved, will be so missed, comfort you at this time.
Sincerely,

Steve Fischler

11:24 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Barbara,
I was so sorry to learn of your husband's passing. My classmates from Inglewood High School class of 1967 were on his show in 1966. I was one of three selected from the group to lip sync, a memory I'll never forget!! It was "Wishin and Hopin" by Dusty Springfield.

I recently attended my high school reunion and reminisced what fun we had on the show and wondered what ever happened to Lloyd after all these years.

We didn't have VCRs in those days. If the Lloyd Thaxton show was taped, will there ever be a time that they will be shown on T.V.? I think there'd be a wide audience! The show's format along with Lloyd's personality and humor was so much better than American Bandstand!

My condolences to you and your family for such a great loss!

Bobbye
Torrance, California

11:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Barbara,

So sorry for your immense loss. I can't imagine having someone of Lloyd's character with me one day and gone the next. I too have been looking forward to his DVD. I would do anything to assist in its' progress. I was surprised to find him so accessible when I emailed him one day a few years ago, and told him his show meant so much to me that I kept a ticket from the 60's. He was happy to hear from me and responded right away, asking if I would send him the ticket to copy for his DVD. I was so excited I could do it, and he so generously returned it with an autographed copy of his book "Stuff Happens". I was on the show three times with three different boys from school. I have 5 grandchildren, and would love to show them what a complete show was like. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Toni Sams (North Torrance High-Class of '65)

1:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for so many happy memories way back when.

2:20 PM

 
Blogger Chris said...

My condolences to the Thaxton family. I grew up in East L.A. and watched the Lloyd Thaxton Show on a regular basis. If I'm correct, I believe Sonny and Cher made their debut on his show, with "I got you babe." Can anyone confirm this?

Chris
Cathedral H.S.
Class of '66

7:47 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. Thaxton and Family,
I was so shocked to hear of Lloyd's passing. Growing up on the East coast, I NEVER missed any of his shows during 65-66. As a matter of fact, I wrote to the TV station in Philadelphia when his show was gone. I e-mailed Lloyd the story, and he PERSONALLY responded with the kindest e-mail.
Please,if possible, I hope the DVD of his show will be completed. My sincerest condolences to the Thaxton family. God Bless.
Bob D. Toms River, NJ
PS. I'll always remember "The name of the show is the Lloyd Thaxton Show because my name is Lloyd Thaxton....SO WHAT!!!"

4:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't checked in on his blog for some time and was stunned by the news. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing and sincere condolences to you.

What a talented and amusing man he was. He made us all remember to never take yourself too seriously. He was my any many of my freinds absolute must see TV list after the hours of being in grade school when we were kids.

He will be missed.

9:32 AM

 
Anonymous MRHIPP said...

I live near Chicago in the sixties.The first time I saw Lloyd ,also my fater's name. was In '62 and he was lip-synhcing* ao ng that I believe was "Silver Dollar".On another show He lipped-syched* "Jose, He SAY" Both were absolute hoots.Hoe do I get a copy of either or both if you please, and,in '68 I had to use his parking space in a Marine Corps Sedan. Until that moment,I never knew where he brodcasted from.His show was on right after school hewre,and loved and miss the guy.
*He did coin the term "lip-Synch" did't he?

12:44 AM

 
Blogger Gio said...

Ms. Thaxton,

I am only now finding this blog, and I want to extend my condolences to you and your family. As a 9th grader living in an unhappy household in Pittsburgh, I welcomed the weekly installment of music and humor that Lloyd brought us. In fact, his work helped to steer me into the Radio/TV Business, where I worked for more than 30 years.

All the best..
Gio

12:31 AM

 
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Blogger Richard said...

Barbara,

My sincere condolences on your husband's passing.
I remember him well fro his show and had the honor, and pleasure of meeting him in 1988 in Nashville.

Peace & love,

Rich
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7:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara, we will keep you and Lloyd in our prayers.I cannot tell you how many wonderful memories are still with me today because of Lloyd.His show was fun.He made me laugh when I didn't have too much else to laugh about.Thank you Barbara and Lloyd.I smile every time I think of you.

4:17 PM

 
Blogger montywolf said...

dear mr. thaxton:

i just this morning learned of lloyd's passing.

i know some time has passed, so i just want to tell you what a great influence lloyd was and continues to be in my career!

sincere sympathies to you and your family!

monty wolf

10:28 AM

 
Anonymous Gabrielle Adelman said...

Dear Barbara,

Although we have never met, I wanted to send my condolences. Lloyd was my godfather (I am Don & Bek Gordon's daughter), and although I didn't see much of him after my parents' separation, I still have the long-ago impression of a very kind man.
If you are interested, I have a couple of photos of him from 1966, when I was born, which I would gladly scan in for you.

Gabrielle Gordon Adelman

2:43 PM

 
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Anonymous robin solis said...

I watched Lloyd's dance show a number of times on Los Angeles TV although I thought it was on KTLA, Channel 5 (?)...even though the target audience was for my older sister, I still wanted to know all about teenagers, dancing and hosting a dance TV show. I went into radio and credit shows like Lloyd's for fostering my interest in music and media. May he rest in peace with the rest of the gang.

1:27 PM

 
Blogger Deb said...

My father had a kids cartoon show in the 60's. In Oregon he was known as Addie Bobkins, but when they transferred him to L.A. he was just Bob Adkins and Feather. His show was on right after Lloyd Thaxton. Often my father would ask me to come sing on his show, and I would ask "Well, who is on Lloyd Thaxton today?" If it was a good guest, I would agree to go with daddy. Mr. Thaxton would allow me to watch the show from the booth, and to get the guests autograph! He was always kind, not treating me like an annoying 10-year old (which I probably was). I was enamored with the whole show process, and got some fun autographs! Chubby Checker, the Lovin' Spoonful, Shelley Fabares... I still have my little autograph book, a very special memory of that time in California.

I'm so sorry that he has passed on. I loved the comment someone made about him making the show "ours" - unlike another famous dance show which shall remain nameless, Lloyd Thaxton was part of our family!

All my best to you - and I hope this blog is as therapeutic to you, as it is to all of his fans...
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9:12 AM

 
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