September 24, 2022

Hit the Road Jack

I was feeling the need for a little Ray Charles this morning.

September 17, 2022

The Twilight Zone

One burger with everything and a slice of pie. That's 45¢ please.

September 10, 2022

back to school to learn the golden rule

Bobby Rydell sings about swingin' at school. This is a Scopitone.


My first day of school as a first grader in September 1971

September 3, 2022

August 27, 2022

Tony Dow

The only times I've cried after a celebrity death were for Phil Hartman and most recently, Tony Dow. I always wanted a big brother and I wanted him to be just like Wally. Every morning at 7:30 from grades 1-6, I sat crosslegged in front of the tv to watch reruns of my favorite show before going to the bus stop. I wouldn't get up until the theme song ended and the last credit passed: Hair Stylist.... Florence Bush. When I see it now, I realize how well-written and humorous the show really was. I loved how pop-culture references were often used – Wally saying something like "Who do you think you are, Tony Curtis?" It had a huge impact on me and every episode taught me a lesson.

August 20, 2022

August 7, 2022

Never On Sunday

Melina Mercouri was awarded the 1960 Grand Prize at Cannes for best performance in this controversial film about a prostitute.



Nana Mouskouri followed by Connie Francis in English, 1961



Now that we're on the Greek thing, have a dance with Zorba!


Zorba's Dance, Mikis Theodorakis, 1964

July 29, 2022

In the blink of an eye





We really can handle anything that life throws at us. The roof of the condo building I've lived in for almost 20 years went up in flames a few nights ago displacing us for a year. I'm now forced to figure out what comes next, but that's life. Always remember this: things don't happen to you, they happen for you. Enjoy the rest of summer and stay cool.


That's Life (That's Tough), Gabriel and the Angels, 1962

July 23, 2022

It's hot!

Get to the beach, the pool or just sit in the shade under a tree. 🔥

July 16, 2022

Carl Perkins

We've all had people who inspire us. One of George Harrison's biggest influences was rockabilly giant Carl Perkins. The Beatles covered several of his tunes and George and Carl remained friends to the end.

July 9, 2022

hi, we're psychotic

These folks should learn to be a little more hospitable. Don't ya think?

July 2, 2022

Happy July 4th

The Pops playing on the Esplanade is a big deal in Boston. Chaka Khan headlines festivities this year at the Hatch Shell. Yipppeeee!

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.


Stood Up, Ricky Nelson, 1957


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 pic 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

share-dos

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

Elvis



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.