Hollywood Heartbeat

Hollywood Heartbeat is a syndicated music video television show that ran in the United States from 1980 to 1981. The show was hosted by former Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter-guitarist Bob Welch[1][2] and was produced by Lawrence Smith. Later episodes were hosted by Mackenzie Phillips. The show's theme was written and recorded by Carmine Appice, who included a reworked version on his eponymous album the following year.

Hollywood Heartbeat
GenreMusic-television series
Presented byBob Welch
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Original release1980 –

Taking advantage of music videos being produced more commonly by record labels to promote their records, the show was a precursor to MTV, which launched the following year. Beyond the record label-produced music videos,[3] original music videos focusing on the hot acts from the Los Angeles club scene were produced exclusively for the show. Musicians making some of their first televised appearances included Berlin, The Plimsouls, Toni Basil, Shandi, Paul Warren & Explorer, Gary Myrick and the Figures, Surf Punks, 20/20 and The GoGos.

Welch would do the wraparound content, frequently from the back of a convertible driving around the Sunset Strip and similar club areas at night. He would also conduct interviews with celebrities such as Stewart Copeland, Madame Wong, Dave Hlubek, John Densmore and Joan Jett.[4][5]


  1. ^ "98.3 WLCS - Biography - Bob Welch". 98.3 WLCS. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ Jones, A. Flockofseagulls Aka Rhys (23 November 2008). "RetroUniverse: For Bob Welch, It's All About The Eyes - Ebony Eyes". Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (29 November 1980). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 28 April 2019 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Hollywood Heartbeat - TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  5. ^ Awesome, Network. "Bob Welch's Hollywood Heartbeat went Pop-Pop-Pop". Network Awesome. Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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