August 10, 2018

The Spencer Davis Group...

...boogie down the river in 1966's The Ghost Goes Gear. GROOVY!

July 26, 2018

portable record player

I love everything about this, especially the song. Let's go for a bike ride and dance in a field. Okay, let me change into my dress and shoes.

July 15, 2018

July 7, 2018

uh oh

Now you're gonna die wearing that stupid, little hat. Ay caramba.

July 1, 2018

Herb Alpert

Check out the interesting bio of Herb Alpert. It has a great ending.

June 23, 2018

Yowza, Yowza, Yowza



The Irish love American Soul, R&B and Motown, so it only seemed fitting to see musician, songwriter and producer extraordinaire Nile Rodgers in Cork, Ireland. Unfamiliar with Rodgers? No you're not.
Here are some of the artists and musical icons he's worked with:

Dance, Dance, Dance        • Le Freak        • Good Times
I Want Your Love        Everybody Dance
David Bowie        • Madonna        • Sister Sledge
The B-52s        • INXS        • Daft Punk

While visiting colorful Kinsale, we were drawn into a pub by the sounds of a fab duo singing everything from Irish folk songs to Johnny Cash. But best of all, they sang The Rattlin' Bog, a song I learned in the 4th grade along with The Erie Canal and Señor Don Gato and haven't heard since. Dontcha just love a good sing-along? Lalalalalaaaaaaaaa!

June 12, 2018

Kiki Dee

Discovering this song has led me to rediscover Kiki Dee. Maybe it's because I have the music in me, but it's made me so very happy. In 1965, she appeared in the film Dateline Diamonds with Small Faces.

Itchycoo Park, Small Faces, 1967
• singing backup for Dusty Springfield
• a duet with Elton John

If you have a thing for "originals" like I do, you'll appreciate hearing
Tami Lynn's 1965 recording of I'm Gonna Run Away From You:

June 2, 2018

get that thing away from me

Here's one for the kids. I think. This was a number 1 hit in 1950. Beware on your beach walks. I hate when a song leaves you hanging.




May 26, 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you to all who serve and have served. Service dogs too!

May 19, 2018

hurry up summer

I eat up footage like this. Bumpy rides or what? If you enjoy viewing historical films, British Pathé is the best. FUN IN THE SUN.

Where may I find one of these? Want to go to the ski machine?

May 12, 2018

Feel the Joy

As an empath, I often feel the emotions and energy from the people around me. That can really suck, especially if I'm around negative, angry or inauthentic people. Narcissists are the worst to be around. Fortunately, I also feel the happiness that people exude. Going to concerts with like-minded people who are really diggin’ the scene, fills me with great joy and excitement. Thanks to a lively music scene here in Boston, tonight it’s Tavares, and tomorrow night, it’s Gladys. Yah!

It Only Take a Minute
Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
Don't Take Away the Music
More Than a Woman

UPDATE: I’m so impressed with the caliber of talent out there. Gladys put on one hell of a show. The vibe she sent out was so authentic. My emotions were all over the place. She started with a little discussion of the climate of today, and I loved hearing what she had to say.
Then she sang. Lordy, did she sing.
I did not expect to have so much fun at the Tavares show. They were fantastic. Hearing that great falsetto voice and memorable hits from The Stylistics brought me back to riding in my family’s 1973 Pontiac. The show started, however, with a group called Vinyl Groove. Three guys and two women and they were AWESOME! Almost immediately, the moms took to the aisles and were outta control. They took turns being the leads and backups and sang 70s disco songs that got the crowd rockin’! They play around Boston – check ‘em out for a good time.

Substitute

The Who rock out with their 1966 hit Substitute. Yeah baby.


May 5, 2018

Beaver joins a record club



Gilbert and Beav get down with their bad selves. June speaks jive.

April 21, 2018

Funky Chicken en masse

Rufus Thomas puts on a great show and the folks are groovin.



Can Your Monkey Do the Dog? Rufus Thomas, 1964

April 14, 2018

April 7, 2018

Studio Two

I grew up in a household with lots of music, singing and dancing and I've been a Beatles fan since I can remember. It must've been exciting to have seen them in person at The Cavern Club and smaller venues before they made it big. I got a taste of that last night when I saw Studio Two at The Center for Arts in Natick and it was scrumptious. These talented guys channeled The Beatles' early years fantastically and left me and the audience shoutin' for more. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

March 31, 2018

more cowbell

Sorry for the 19 messages I left, but we need to talk. Call me!

March 24, 2018

The Witch Queen of New Orleans

Redbone sing about Marie Laveau on Beat-Club in 1971.



Before they became Redbone, Pat and Lolly Vegas were in demand and had gigs all over the Hollywood scene in the mid-60s. Here they perform in the Oscar-winning It's a Bikini World. Is it though?

Sonny and Cher have a groovy night out at The Haunted House.

March 10, 2018

Gladys Knight and the Pips

Need some new dance moves? Watch this and start practicing, baby.

March 3, 2018

Bony Maronie

This spoof group appeared on The Steve Allen Show in 1964.
He lets out his inner Ethel Merman here. Waaaaaaaahhhhh!

February 24, 2018

Do It Any Way You Wanna

Here's some mesmerizing grooviness for y'all disco kings and queens.

February 17, 2018

What's your hangup, man?


Richard Dreyfuss, Weezie and Mr. Roper appeared in this 1968 teensploitation flick. Let's go out, my mother's a huge drag.



The dancing chick was Rhoda, the child murderer in The Bad Seed.
This intense film is one of the best forms of contraception.

February 10, 2018

If you don't work...

...you can't eat. That means no tater tot nachos. That's right.

February 1, 2018

Chicago rocks

If you dig rock and roll history, then enjoy this little lesson.

January 27, 2018

I can't look away

I'll have what they're having. I'll take one of those green suits too.

January 20, 2018

Suavecito

Every few years I rediscover this beauteous tune from 1972.

January 15, 2018

Love Is The Drug



This Roxy Music song from 1975 was way ahead of its time.

January 6, 2018

radio station memorabilia

Here's a fun site to visit for promo ads and countdown lists.

December 31, 2017

Tower of Power

A friend bought some tickets to see Tower of Power at one of my favorite venues for Friday night’s show. I had no idea what I was in for. The band is now fronted by the charismatic, entertaining “Memphis Soul Man” Marcus Scott and the rhythm and horn sections were superb. This show blew me away. It also didn't hurt that we were in the second row.

My parents always relinquished control of the car radio to their kids.
I knew all of the latest pop songs from the car. I’ll often hear a tune and immediately think “car radio song”. So Very Hard to Go is my quintessential car radio song. How can I not throw in What Is Hip?

Very interesting interviews with Emilio Castillo and David Garibaldi



Have a listen to Stop by Howard Tate, one of the songs mentioned in Castillo's interview (above) that inspired the Tower of Power sound.

December 20, 2017

Joy to the World

This is my Christmas present this year. Screw aluminum.

December 17, 2017

Santa smokes?

He comes down the chimney, and IS a chimney. Happy Christmas!

December 9, 2017

Three Dog Night

Earth is the insane asylum of the universe. Yet the show must go on.

Check them out early in their career on the Hy Lit tv show. This syndicated program from Philly aired from 1965-71. You go, white boy.

Easy to Be Hard    • Liar    • Eli's Coming     Shambala
Mama Told Me Not to Come     • One     • Black and White
Family of Man     • Joy to the World     Celebrate

December 3, 2017

leaf me alone



Billy Fury performs Nothin' Shakin' on Ready Steady Go!.

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Most importantly, give thanks. Then eat, eat and eat some more. Just
do it 'til ya satisfied. Have that 5th slice of pie in your sweatpants.

November 18, 2017

November 11, 2017

Flowers on the Wall

The Statler Brothers perform for all you country bumpkins.

October 27, 2017

Candy Man

Every Halloween I'm reminded of all the candy that I only had at this time of the year – Razzles, Good and Plenty, Milk Duds, Pom Poms, Bit-O-Honey and especially Baby Ruth bars (rich in dextrose!).

I can't wait to decorate my Christmas table this year with Baby Ruths.

Roy Orbison sings Candy Man, circa 1965.
• The Buckinghams perform Candy Man on a local Chicago talent program in 1965. I think the go-go girls are trying to fly away.