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Don Webster
Music and Rock Stars from Upbeat

The national exposure generated by Don Webster and the Upbeat Show made it a must-stop for the musicians of the day. All the big acts wanted to appear on Upbeat and as Don says, "We had a great run from 1964 to 1971 and were shown in 100 cities across the United States."

Here are some of the big names that appeared on Upbeat.

BB King and guitar Lucille with Don Webster on Upbeat

BB King and guitar Lucille with Don Webster on Upbeat


Upbeat dancers with Jeff Kutash

Upbeat dancers with Jeff Kutash who now has an award-winning review called "Splash" in Las Vegas


Jerry Lewis on Upbeat

Jerry Lewis on Upbeat


Monkees Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz with Don

Monkees Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz with Don


Jeannie C Riley with Don Webster

Jeannie C Riley with Don Webster
(remember Harper Valley PTA?)


Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders

Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders


Ed McMahon and Don Webster

Don said Ed McMahon was
"one of the nicest people I ever met"


Bob Bear Hite of Canned Heat on Upbeat

Bob 'Bear' Hite of Canned Heat on Upbeat


Teen Idol Bobby Sherman

Teen Idol Bobby Sherman with Don


Don dressed up for Paul Revere and the Raiders

Don dressed up for Paul Revere and the Raiders


The Killer - Jerry Lee Lewis on Upbeat

The Killer - Jerry Lee Lewis - on Upbeat


Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with Don and rock critic Jane Scott

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with Don
and rock critic Jane Scott


Johnny Nash, Don Webster, Billie Joe Royal and Terry Knight

Johnny Nash, Don Webster, Billie Joe Royal and Terry Knight - demonstrating the diversity of acts on Upbeat


Billie Joe Royal

Billie Joe Royal (Down in the Boondocks) came to Cleveland from Georgia without a coat - so Upbeat bought him this one - his first winter coat!


Leslie Gore

Leslie Gore (It's My Party) was a teenager when she appeared on Upbeat with Don


Little Stevie Wonder

Motown's Stevie Wonder was still known as "Little" Stevie Wonder when he appeared on Upbeat


Gene Krupa

Drum Legend Gene Krupa could show
the Rock 'n Rolllers a thing or two


Eric Burdon of the Animals

Eric Burdon of the Animals


Lou Christie  - Lightning Strikes

Lou Christie sang hits like Lightning Strikes and Rhapsody in the Rain on Upbeat


Rick Derringer and the McCoys from Dayton

Hang on Sloopy!
Rick Derringer and the McCoys from Dayton, Ohio
show Don Webster the drums


The Fifth Dimension

Don Webster said "The Fifth Dimension defined class"


John Sebastian and Lovin' Spoonful with Don in 1966

John Sebastian and Lovin' Spoonful performed Summer in the City in 1966


The Shangra-La's shangri-la's

The Shangri-La's (Leader of the Pack)


Spanky and Our Gang

Spanky and Our Gang were frequent Upbeat guests singing 'Sunday will never be the same' and 'Like to get to know you'


Dizzie Gillespie on Upbeat

Don Webster was "thrilled" to get
Dizzie Gillespie on Upbeat


Beatle's original drummer Pete Best

The Beatle's original drummer (before Ringo) Pete Best


The Lettermen with Don Webster on Upbeat

The Lettermen with Don Webster on Upbeat





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