July 13, 2024

Some folks know about it, some don't

Hey, let's dance. Tommy Roe performs the Shirley Ellis tune on Hollywood a Go Go. Check out Gladys Knight and the Pips belting it in 1969. I love the choreography by the Pips – especially here.

The Nitty Gritty, Shirley Ellis, 1963

I See It, I Like It, I Want It, Shirley Ellis, 1965

Soul Time, Shirley Ellis, 1967

July 6, 2024

Live it up, baby!

Hope y'all are livin' it up and enjoying summer. Whooooaaaaahhh!

Live It Up, Dusty Springfield, 1964

June 29, 2024

Romeo Void

I might like you better if we slept together, but probably not.

June 22, 2024

Joan Baez

Joan performs on The Midnight Special in 1971. Live version.

June 15, 2024

We're going to dance....

...and have some fun. Whoooooooaaaahhhh! Summertime at last!

June 8, 2024

June 1, 2024

Welcome Summer! (Donna, that is)

Hello, could you tell me where the bad girls are? I'm new in town.

May 25, 2024

Are you bananas?

Whenever I grocery shop and walk through the produce section, I start singing the Chaquita Banana song but it doesn't last long because I don't know the words... until now. This commercial was shown in movie theaters in the 1940s to plug the benefits of bananas. Cha cha cha.

Let Chaquita show you how to make a banana pie, banana scallops and an elegant banana fan for your summer party guests.

May 18, 2024

May 11, 2024

The Barbarians

Head down to Cape Cod and squiggle around to The Barbarians.

Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?, The Barbarians, 1965

May 4, 2024

Let's start over

Maxine lip-syncs on a shimmering ocean and sings an incredible live version to an audience of corpses. Dancing on American Bandstand.

April 27, 2024

The Tide Is High

I never knew that Blondie's version wasn't the original. Yippeee!

The Tide Is High, The Paragons, 1967

April 20, 2024

Where were you?

I was in the right place, but it must've been the wrong time. Oops.

Right Place Wrong Time, Dr. John, 1972

April 13, 2024

Get on up Big Bird

Eddie Floyd performs Knock on Wood at The White House.

Big Bird, Eddie Floyd, 1968

April 6, 2024

March 30, 2024

Happy Easter

Jesus is just alright with me. Thanks Doobies and thanks nerd.

March 23, 2024

Voices in the Sky

Bluebird flying high, tell me what you sing. If you could talk to me,
what news would you bring? Of voices in the sky.

This beautiful song by The Moody Blues is from their 1968
album In Search of the Lost Chord. Speaking of bluebirds....

March 16, 2024

Saturday morning dose of 1969

Above, Bill Deal and the Rhondels perform at The Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach in July 1967. Whoooooaaahh!

May I, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, 1969

March 9, 2024

shake, shake, shake

Last weekend a friend and I put on our boogie shoes and headed to Bally's in Rhode Island to see one of my favorite bands of yore. What a humble and grateful person KC is. I loved how much he let his incredible band shine. His career started with writing Rock Your Baby in 1974 inspiring John Lennon to create Whatever Gets You Thru the Night. In the 70s and early 80s, one of the best ways to see bands and singers was on the Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas Shows. They both aired everyday from 4-5. Here's KC and the Sunshine Band in 1977.

March 2, 2024

What's the password?

I cannot stop playing Wynder K. Frog's 1967 version of Green Door. It has now replaced my morning coffee. During prohibition, a restaurant with a green door was a speakeasy. The mo ya know.

Green Door, Wynder K. Frog, 1967

Green Door, Jim Lowe, 1956

February 17, 2024

February 9, 2024

60 years ago today...

...The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. When I think of the rock and roll history timeline, I think of it in terms of before and after The Beatles came to the United States in 1964. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

February 3, 2024

Where's my sparkle sweater?

It's February, freezing and Black History Month. So here's James.

January 20, 2024

February 9, 1964

While listening to 88 Rewound count down the hits of January 13, 1964 from Philly's WIBG in honor of The Beatles, I thought about people I know who were around then. My mom was home cleaning and ironing to the kitchen radio while her oldest 3 kids left for school – then errands with my 2-year-old sister while listening to the car radio. I was unfamiliar with many of the songs and skipped through some slow ones. A few weeks later, the Beatles would be known worldwide. Yippeee!
Below are a few pop songs from the January 1964 survey:

He Ain't No Angel, The Lovejoys, 1963
Ellie Greenwich, who wrote the song, is really singing.

Move It Baby, Simon Scott with The LeRoys, 1964

Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys, The Cookies, 1963

What do you remember about this historic happening? Discuss.

January 13, 2024

Exsqueeze me?

Squeeze is one of my favorite groups of all time. Have a listen:

Tempted, 1981
Take Me I'm Yours, 1978
Pulling Mussels (From a Shell), 1980
Cool For Cats, 1979
Up the Junction, 1979
Black Coffee In Bed, 1982
Is That Love?, 1981
Annie Get Your Gun, 1982
If I Didn't Love You, 1980

January 6, 2024

hey sexy

A snowstorm's a coming. Let's make some hot chocolate, baby.

December 30, 2023

Happy New Year!

Ring out the old, ring in the new. Ring out the false, ring in the true.

December 23, 2023

Goldie and the Gingerbreads

Before The Runaways & Go-Go's, there was another all-girl band.

Bye Bye Baby, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, 1965

The Skip, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, 1965

Can't You Hear My Heartbeat?, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, 1965

December 16, 2023

favorite theme songs

Mine has always been the I Dream of Jeannie theme created by Hugo Montenegro and Buddy Kaye. Kaye wrote Little By Little and I'm All Cried Out for Dusty Springfield. Here is the first season with intro before the theme changed. Below is the version for Germany. 😛

December 11, 2023

ding dong ding dong

Enjoy the mix. 🎄 Suitable for every holiday occasion. 😉

Christmas Mix 2023

Christmas Mix 2023, part 2

Is it just me or is there something off about Mister Snowman?

December 9, 2023

I'm not feeling it

If this is feeling groovy then I think I'll pass. Whoooaahhhh!

December 2, 2023

Roger Miller

Roses are red, violets are purple, sugar's sweet, so is maple syrple.

November 25, 2023

November 18, 2023

rub a dub dub...

...thanks for the grub. Please pass whatever those are.

November 11, 2023

Nancy Wilson

This fabulous song received a Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording in 1965. Check out her gorgeous live performance.

(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am, Nancy Wilson, 1964

(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am, Aretha Franklin, 1964