February 6, 2016

Solid Gold tv show

As a teenager in the early 1980s, Solid Gold was my Shindig! unfortunately. On Saturday nights from 7 'til 8, I grooved with, sang with, made fun of some, and laughed at the hooker outfits on the Solid Gold Dancers. The hosts over the years were Dionne Warwick, Andy Gibb, Marilyn McCoo, Rex Smith and Rick Dees. The show aired from 1980-88. How did I come out of this cheesiness unscathed? Or did I?

Blondie     • Toni Basil     • Josie Cotton     • Bill Cosby
Rick James     • The Go-Gos     • Olivia Newton-John
Peaches and Herb     • Joe Jackson     • 70s countdown

February 5, 2016

Da Doo Ron Ron

The Crystals perform their fabulous 1963 "Wall of Sound" tune on Shivaree in 1965. How cool were the go-go girls from Shivaree?

January 31, 2016

jivin' and twistin'

Terrific swing dancing during the Junior Jive Contest from 1962.

January 24, 2016

Sunday morning dose of The Beatles

Before their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, The Beatles were introduced to the United States via a film that was shown on The Jack Paar Program in January 1964.

Get a load of how loud their Shea Stadium concert was in 1965.

January 12, 2016

The Beat tv show

The Beat was a syndicated tv show from Dallas, Texas that aired for one year in 1966. It was hosted by Nashville-based deejay Bill "Hoss" Allen and featured a house band led by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Below, are some fine, soul performances from the program.

show intro
Jerkin' the Dog, The Mighty Hannibal
The Duck, Jimmy Church
You'll Lose a Good Thing, Barbara Lynn
Suffering Soul, Mighty Joe Young
Hold On To What You've Got, Joe Tex
Something's Got a Hold On Me, Etta James
Hide Away, Freddie King

January 3, 2016

Somebody Help Me

A teenage Steve Winwood and The Spencer Davis Group perform
live on the German television show Beat Beat Beat in 1966. Below,
are some fantastic, live performances with groovin' audiences.

• James Brown's I'll Go Crazy
Sha La La La Lee, Small Faces
Cherry Wainer and Don Storer
With a Girl Like You, The Troggs
I Can't Control Myself, The Troggs
• more Wainer and Storer
C.C. Rider, Eric Burdon

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

What was going on in London for New Year's Eve 1965? Big heads.

December 26, 2015

your turn

Groovin' the day after Christmas with Otis Redding y'all.

December 24, 2015

favorite Christmas presents

Toy commercials were a big part of Christmas. My Toss Across
game lasted until college and this commercial ran year after year.

In the 5th grade (1975), I snooped for presents in my parent's closet
and found some.... unwrapped. It sucked. I had to pretend to be excited. It was the Christmas that I received Gnip Gnop and Kerplunk.

My favorite Christmas toy, however, was my Krazy Kar, my big gift
for Christmas 1969. I played with this thing until the wheels fell off.

My sister Janet and I open presents next to my shiny, new toy.
On the chair in the background is Janet's Beautiful Crissy doll.
Did you notice our cat Marvin under the wrapping paper? 

Above, Janet bombs around in my Krazy Kar while I try to yank
some kid off of my tricycle. In order to protect the innocent, his face
has been covered with a happy Santa. Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2015

Christmas gifts

Nothing says "I love you" like a Hoover. Now get cleaning!

A doll? Rock Em Sock Em Robots? A Slinky? Operation?

December 13, 2015

Sunday afternoon dose of 1969

The Dutch group Shocking Blue had a humongous hit with this.

December 9, 2015

Carrie Anne

A tremendous live performance on the BBC with a strange string
interlude by The Hollies sans Graham Nash from 1969.

December 6, 2015

take a break from skiing...

...with The Supremes on Where the Action Is from 1965.

December 3, 2015

time for Christmas music...

...and watching Rudolph. Enjoy the mix and Happy Christmas!

November 22, 2015

Ronnie Spector

I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Ronnie Spector a few nights ago in a very intimate setting in Natick, Massachusetts. She looked gorgeous and sounded gorgeous. Her hair was bigger than huge, thank God, and her band and backup singers were the best.

I've never sat so close to a performer and could not make my smile go away. In between each song she sat and told stories about her career and the song she was about to sing. There was a slide show with video too. One of the top 5 shows I've ever seen. Thanks Ronnie!

The Ronettes originally recorded I Can Hear Music in 1966.
It was later done by The Beach Boys in 1968.

She ended the show with Frosty the Snowman. The Ronettes
were a huge part of Phil Spector's Christmas album from 1963.

• Kids Cha Cha to Be My Baby on American Bandstand
• Appearing on American Bandstand, September 1963
Say Goodbye to Hollywood, 1977

Video from It's What's Happening, Baby with Murray the K

November 15, 2015

learning "The Hustle" to "Popcorn"

In the summer of 1975 when I was 10-years-old, my family went camping with some of our neighbors. One night at the campground rec hall there was a square dancing party. Besides do-si-doing we learned The Hustle, the new dance of the day to the song Popcorn.

Just when the big, bad world is getting me down, I find this.
Thank you, Jesus. Whoooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

November 14, 2015

Saturday morning dose of The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons belt out a medley of some of their biggest hits.

November 12, 2015

Black Is Black

Los Bravos perform then run from the fanatical chicks.

November 7, 2015

Saturday morning dose of 1967

Check out The Rascals being inducted into the RRHOF.

November 3, 2015

Hand Jive

Johnny Otis, Three Tons of Joy and Lionel Hampton perform Willie and the Hand Jive on The Johnny Otis Show in 1958.

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Screamin' Lord Sutch and the Savages perform Jack the Ripper in 1964 and creep out the audience. Rrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaahhhhhhh!

Beware of monsters today!

They can really be a pain in the neck I tell ya. Aaaaaaahhhhhh!

October 28, 2015

Crazy Cafe

Let's go get an egg and groove to the jukebox at the Crazy Cafe.

October 23, 2015

Saturday Night Beech-nut Show

This Dick Clark show was broadcast live from NYC and featured almost every pop singer from the 1950s. It aired from 1958-1960.

October 21, 2015

radio station countdowns

88 Rewound counts down the hits of the day. Have a listen.

October 18, 2015

Ranch Party tv show

Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline perform in 1957.

October 17, 2015

The Dusty Springfield Show

Get ready to fall in love with Dusty and her backup singers. My favorite performances from her 1966 tv show are below. Fantastic.

meet the backup singers
another intro
ending and closing credits
Losing You 
Anna (El Negro Zumbon)

Pink Martini does a fabulous version of Anna (El Negro Zumbon). I've seen them many times. One of the best shows out there.

Check out Anna being sung in the 1951 film of the same name.

Who's under there?

How cool is the beatnik girl mask? Like, Happy Halloween.

October 16, 2015

Halloween approaches

Time to watch Disc-O-Teen for some costume ideas.

October 14, 2015

quivering animal voices

I cannot stop playing this. I close my eyes and pretend I'm hearing singing rodents. Love that mid-60s sound, especially the drums.

The Newbeats also released a version:

It was written and recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1962:

October 12, 2015

Upbeat tv show

The Cleveland, Ohio music show aired from 1964-71. Read about host Don Webster's recollections here. Otis Redding appeared on Upbeat the day before his death. Below, Webster introduces Redding.