October 19, 2014

RSG leaves me saying OMG

Spectacular live Motown performances from 1965 on the British
tv show Ready Steady Go! thanks to Dusty Springfield.

Click on the YouTube post above for a larger view.

October 12, 2014

The Searchers

Beautiful color film of The Searchers, circa 1963/64.

What was your first word?

Believe it or not, mine was Batman. According to my family, I would stand in front of the tv and sing when the Batman tv show theme came on. It premiered in 1966, shortly before my first birthday.

Here I am on Christmas morning in 1966. Notice my sister Mary in the background with curlers in her hair. In the 1960s, my sisters would sleep all night in soup-can-sized curlers with their heads hanging off the bed so they could go to school with a flip hairdo.

Here's Mary's 11th grade school picture from 1967 with a pretty snazzy flip. In case you want to sing along with the Batman theme, here are the lyrics:
Batman, Batman, Batman,
Batman, Batman, Batman,
na na na na na na na
na na na na na na

October 4, 2014

mods, rockers and beatniks

If I want to be a beatnik, does that mean I can't bathe anymore?

September 28, 2014

go away already

My friend Glenn and I recently returned from a trip to Amsterdam, Paris and Venice. I first went to Amsterdam and Paris on a school trip when I was 14. The trip cost $750 and I paid for it myself with my summer-job money. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'll never forget it. Is there a place you've always wanted to visit? Go there! There's nothing like traveling. It's the best gift you can give yourself and the memories will last forever.

 Here I am in Paris on the Eiffel Tower in 1980.

The Grand Canal in Venice viewed from the Rialto Bridge.

When in Amsterdam, hop on a bike and join the locals.

September 27, 2014

tambourines and maracas

My percussion-playing efforts get no respect. What up with that?

September 12, 2014

1964 Boston Marathon

I grew up in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, start of the Boston Marathon. Thousands of people flood this town on marathon day and a few hours later it's deserted. Here's great footage from 1964.

September 1, 2014


Terrific footage of teenagers being interviewed during Beatlemania.

August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend dose of 1965

I don't even care about the "for reseach only" text. Marvelous!

tomorrow is a drag man...

...tomorrow is a big time bust. Here's a little culture for you.

August 10, 2014


If you love Shindig! as much as I do, you'll want to see this.

August 9, 2014

how do you not love 1965?

Fast forward to 7:15 just to check out her outfit. She talks about starring in American International films, like Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. What's she hidin' under that hat? I'd like to know... Here's the opening sequence with a groovin' theme song by The Supremes.

surf city

Gnarlatious footage of the surf and skateboard culture from 1966.

Saturday afternoon dose of the 70s

Yowza! Dare to wear the multi-color mood ring, or shirt!

August 8, 2014

July 27, 2014

July 20, 2014

mambo baby, mambo!

This is a good song to play on the kazoo. But this one is better!

Sunday afternoon dose of 1965

The Shangri-Las give him a great big kiss on Shivaree.

July 18, 2014

who was your first concert?

Mine was The B-52s in 1982 at the Ocean State Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. The B-52s gave me hope as a teenager that there were other normal people out there. Whoooooooooooohooooooo!

July 13, 2014

confessions of a disco child

Supposedly, the music that you listened to when you were 13 is music you always have a fondness for throughout your life. I turned 13 in 1978 when disco was still huge. The songs from Saturday Night Fever were played on the radio A LOT. My junior high Saturday Night Fever-themed dance was cancelled due to the blizzard of '78. My sister Janet and I never missed Dance Fever. This scene epitomizes that era for me.
What music did you listen to when you were 13? Boogie on!

July 10, 2014

Juke Box Jury, 1960

How bizarro was this show? Cool jukebox though.

June 29, 2014

1964 Beatles interview

Here's a Scottish interview from 1964 if you're so inclined.

June 22, 2014

Sunday morning dose of 1965

Mothers hide your daughters. The Stones on Top of the Pops.

June 21, 2014

The Doors

The Doors actually lip-synched on American Bandstand in 1967.

June 7, 2014

cha cha cha

Kids doing the Cha-Cha on American Bandstand from 1957.

The Animals

I love blue-eyed soul. More. More. More. More. More.

June 1, 2014


Check out some 1958 beatniks groovin' to the flute on Peter Gunn.

Sunday morning dose of 1966

If you're as fascinated as I am with hairdos, you'll dig this.

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

When was the last time you danced in a bar in your bikini?

May 10, 2014

Saturday night dose of Tom Jones

Ole swivel hips doing his thang from 1965. Go man go!

May 2, 2014

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons were named after a bowling alley in New Jersey.

Friday morning dose of Shindig!

April 29, 2014

James Brown's Boston Garden concert

Here's the entire 1968 concert shortly after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. It was broadcast live on PBS to prevent riots in the city.

April 20, 2014

Easter morning dose of 1966

Norma Tanega sings her groovy hit Walkin' My Cat Named Dog.

Janis Ian's Society's Child

Society's Child was a hauntingly beautiful and poignant song about the taboo subject of interracial relationships. Janis Ian hit the charts with this song as a 16-year-old in 1967. Many radio stations banned it. Ugh.

April 19, 2014

Saturday morning dose of go-go-ness

The Castaways perform Liar, Liar circa 1965. Go cats go!

April 12, 2014

Trini Lopez

Love the exuberant audience and groovin' bassist. Watusi!

March 23, 2014

Sir Douglas Quintet

Get the party started on Playboy After Dark. On Hullabaloo.

Sunday morning dose of Motown

The Supremes sing Nothing But Heartaches on Hullabaloo.

March 16, 2014

drums and guitars

The Ventures perform Wipeout live. My arms hurt.

March 15, 2014

if you love The Beatles...

you'll really dig this live, 1963 performance on Swedish tv.

Aretha Franklin on Merv Griffin

Spectacular performance by Aretha and her fab back-up singers!

March 14, 2014

March 8, 2014

one pill makes you larger

The Jefferson Airplane appear on American Bandstand at the onset of 1967's "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, California.

March 3, 2014

20 Feet From Stardom

Nice to see this film win best documentary at the Oscars last night. Darlene Love belted out her thanks in song. Right on!

March 2, 2014

Early Dusty Springfield

The folk group The Springfields sing Island of Dreams, circa 1962. Dusty sings In the Middle of Nowhere with great backup singing.

Sex Machine

If you dig James Brown, this is a must-see from 1971.

March 1, 2014

Blackpool Night Out tv show

The Beatles perform 6 songs in a row live on the British tv program Blackpool Night Out to a rather polite audience in 1965.

Saturday afternoon dose of Soul Train

Check out Michael doing The Robot! Whooooooaaaaaaahhhh!

Phil Spector on Merv Griffin

Weird, creepy and awkward visit by Phil Spector from 1965.

February 24, 2014

Ready Steady Go

Still riding that "50 years ago" thang with Ready Steady Go.

February 22, 2014

James Brown on The Ed Sullivan Show

James sings Papa's Got a Brand New Bag and I Got You.