June 25, 2022

Jim Messina

Jim Messina and his band were incredible last night at the fabulous TCAN. He had a Q&A session after the show and I asked this: "What tv shows did you watch in the late 50s/early 60s to see your favorite singers, bands and musicians?" He talked about a Ranch Party-like program that featured The Collins Kids, Johnny Cash and other country artists. He loved Ozzie and Harriet because of Ricky Nelson.

Jim Messina and the Jesters in Teen Band Play-a-thon at P.O.P.

My friend Glenn and sister Janet groovin' and enjoying the show.

June 11, 2022

Paul McCartney at Fenway Park

My friend Glenn was in the 5th grade when The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Like many kids then, his world changed after that broadcast. He bought a cheap organ, then eventually bought a Hammond organ, then started singing in a band at 16 in 1969. The name of it was "The Sidewalk Society." How 1969 was that? 😆
We finally saw Sir Paul in person. Click on the photo to make it big.

Glenn still has his Beatles scrapbook and Beatles bubble-gum cards.

Here are school pictures of Glenn in the 1960s during Beatlemania.

Above, Glenn and the crowd sing along with Paul and his band.

They performed my favorite Wings tunes from my grade-school years:

Jet, Wings, 1973

Listen To What the Man Said, Wings, 1975

Let 'Em In, Wings, 1976

June 4, 2022

The Leaves

Enjoy mid-60s garage? You might dig The Leaves. They were the first band to record Hey Joe in 1965 and appeared as themselves in this.

Dr. Stone, The Leaves, 1966

May 28, 2022

May 14, 2022

please knock first

All of the music that we've heard throughout our lives comprises our life soundtrack. I'm glad I heard a lot of songs like this as a wiener.

May 7, 2022

Happy Mother's Day

The Runaways perform their 1976 tune in honor of their moms.

April 30, 2022

April 23, 2022


Come on gang. We're off to the salon to finally get our share-styles.

April 16, 2022

Tell Me All About It...

...when I swing by with my boat. And bring your dancing shoes.

April 9, 2022

Strawberry Letter 23

Shuggie Otis originally recorded this tune in 1971. I love the bass.
Johnny Otis was Shuggie's dad. Learn about the Godfather here.

April 2, 2022

mid-60s chicks

Gonna Get Along Without You Now, Tracey Dey, 1964

I Found My Place, Reparata (without the Delrons), 1965

March 27, 2022

Wanna shag?

Hep cat college kids from 1937 demonstrate the Collegiate Shag.

March 20, 2022

Learn the Cha Cha Cha

Looking to learn the Cha Cha in German? You're in luck. They dance to the Frito Bandito song at one point which is based on Cielito Lindo.

March 12, 2022

Bucky Beaver

Great. Now I can't get this jingle out of my head. Hey look, it's Jan.

March 5, 2022

February 26, 2022

Did you see me?!

I love seeing audiences being filmed during music programs. The joy and excitement of people viewing themselves on monitors makes me smile. What a blast it must've been living in LA and seeing these shows in person when they were broadcasted. Keep on Dancing, baby!

February 19, 2022

Music Scene tv show

Despite an incredible guest list, this show only lasted from September 1969January 1970. It aired opposite Laugh-In and received low ratings. The music encompassed all genres and comedians hosted.

Three Dog Night
tv promo
complete show
show opening
Janis Joplin
Sly and the Family Stone
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

February 12, 2022

February 5, 2022

I gotta go

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You, Sugarloaf, 1974

January 22, 2022

January 15, 2022


Hey Skeeter, give Kadiddlehopper your act. Man, Elvis was good.

January 8, 2022

I Can Tell

Check out the color footage from behind the scenes of a 1964 episode
of Ready Steady Go!. They're dancing to a remake of Bo Diddley's
I Can Tell. The clip is from a Look at Life newsreel about Liverpool.

I Can Tell, The Zephyrs, 1964

January 1, 2022

new year, new suit

Let's go get our "got to be with it" suits. And bring your drum set.
As we enter this year, remember that a little lovin' goes a long way. 😃

December 23, 2021

Mrs. Claus

Santa. Santa. Santa. What about the Mrs.? For instance, she loves to dance to soul music. Join her already and have a Happy Christmas!

Mama's Got a Bag of Her Own, Anna King, 1965

December 18, 2021

I won't let them stretch their necks...

...to see my little black egg with the little white specks. Thanks to Lost and Found, I'm reminded of The Little Black Egg. I definitely would have bought this 45. The storyline is intriguing. A guy finds an egg and won't show it to anyone. At one point, Mary and Lee stop by. The end.

The Little Black Egg, The Nightcrawlers, 1965

December 11, 2021

'Tis the season...

...for lots of Christmas music to put you in the mood. Let it snow!

Think For Yourself

Do this, don't do that, be this way, don't be that way. Go along with the crowd or else... "Be yourself and make up your own mind about things" was the advice my parents gave me throughout my life. Follow your heart and do what you want to do, not what others want you to do. Below, is a deconstructed version of Think For Yourself. Rubber Soul was recorded in 1965 with a more introspective outlook and a different sound from their previous work. Yipppppppppeeeeeeeeeee!

Think For Yourself deconstructed, 1965

December 4, 2021

It's gettin' chilly

Now if I can just find my stash of winter neckwear I'll be all set.

November 28, 2021


Need a teeny car to go with your teeny house? Why not one of these?

November 20, 2021

Look Through Any Window

I'm not quite sure that if you went around looking in windows that you'd see smiling faces all around. More like people freaking out.
Aren't they encouraging peeping Tom-ism? I love the revolving stage.

November 13, 2021

The First Cut is the Deepest

What's better than discovering a "new" old song? Finding a video to go along with it. P.P. Arnold recorded the Cat Stevens song in 1967. I knew the 1976 Rod Stewart version first. With the multitude of fine hairdos that Rod has sported, I couldn't choose just one photograph.

The First Cut is the Deepest, Cat Stevens, 1967

November 6, 2021

Mr. Blue Sky

Don't you love whipping open the curtains to find a gorgeous blue sky?

October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. 👹

October 30, 2021

The Electric Company

As a grade-school kid in the 70s, I was the target audience for this program. I looooved this show and it helped me tremendously with reading and writing. The music and vernacular were very much of the time – groovy and funky. For me, Morgan Freeman the movie star will always be "the guy from The Electric Company." Right on.

October 16, 2021

Stevie Wonder

I need to hear Stevie Wonder this morning. Check out others who
dig him. Music is the universal language of mankind. – Longfellow

October 9, 2021


Beautiful, talented and funny. How do you not laugh at this scene?

October 2, 2021

I'm with them

I always had a feeling that Miss Jane had a savage side. Loud people
are usually all talk but it's the quiet ones who are the wild ones.

September 25, 2021

September 18, 2021

September 11, 2021


Going to the barbershop, gonna have him do me up, gonna get clean for my little buttercup. The Righteous Brothers perform Justine complete with go-go girls dancing The Monkey and the "James Brown." This high-energy tune was originally recorded in 1958 by Don and Dewey.

Justine, Don and Dewey, 1958