May 13, 2016

you're gonna burn

I wonder if people did drugs in the 1960s. I think they may have.

May 8, 2016

Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy performs Shazam in the 1960 film Because They're Young. Now, if the audience could just learn how to clap...

Listen to the "King of Twang" discuss his life and career. What a guy.

April 29, 2016

Charlie Brown

Who's always poopin' in the hall? The Coasters perform Charlie Brown on The Saturday Night Beech-nut Show in 1959.

April 15, 2016

Al Green

Magnificent live performances by Al Green on Soul Train:

You Ought to Be With Me
Love and Happiness
Tired of Being Alone (in pleather hot pants no less)

April 10, 2016

Sunday afternoon dose of The Beatles

The Beatles perform live on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965.
I Feel Fine   • I'm Down   • Ticket to Ride   • Help!

How endearing are these girls in their cateye glasses? The girl behind them in the center is bawling her head off. Poor thing.  :o

April 8, 2016

Friday morning dose of the 70s

George McCrae performs Rock Your Baby circa 1974.

April 4, 2016

gotta dime?

How groovy is this 1961 Rock-Ola Regis 200? The Empress.
Check out this 1959 Rock-Ola with automobile design elements.

March 30, 2016

Go, Johnny, Go!

Here's the opening of the 1959 film starring Alan Freed.

March 27, 2016

Easter morning dose of The Beatles

Slate has a Beatles blog for your reading pleasure. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

March 24, 2016

March 17, 2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Have a listen to this young foursome from Ireland called The Strypes who have been heavily influenced by 1960s musicians. Yeah!

Here is the 1964 version of Route 66 by The Rolling Stones:

March 16, 2016

Wednesday morning dose of 1965

Here's the first episode of Gidget starring Sally Field. I'll take that
red Mustang, please. Let's get a pizza at the soda shop and dance.

March 11, 2016

Let's reflect, shall we?

Simon and Garfunkel perform I Am a Rock, The Sound of Silence and Homeward Bound live on the Canadian tv program Let's Sing Out in 1966. The show aired from 1963-68, broadcasting from college campuses across Canada. Now I want to watch The Graduate.

February 27, 2016


Off to Oahu for fun in the sun. Smell ya, winter. Cowabunga!

Ride the Wild Surf by Jan and Dean from the 1964 film:

Ran into Honolulu Lulu last night and man, she was a mess.

Greetings from the Banzai Pipeline near Waimea Bay.

February 25, 2016

Comin' Home Baby

Two versions of the 1961 hit by Mel Torme and Dee Dee Sharp.

February 16, 2016


Friends don't let friends watch Friends. This is brilliant!

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? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh! Help!

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.