June 30, 2020

Room 222

As a grade schooler in the mid-70s, school vacations meant I got to watch daytime reruns of Room 222. Hearing the older high school kids talk slang and watching Mr. Dixon have rap sessions with his students engrossed me. It premiered in 1969 and dealt with the many hot topics of a changing world – and there were many. Sound familiar?

June 20, 2020

June 13, 2020

June 6, 2020

swimming pools

I've always had a thing for pools. I knew where most of the in-ground pools existed in my town and surrounding towns we drove through when I was a kid. Even though you couldn't see them behind the wooden fences, they were there – sometimes with the handles of the slide poking up. Summertime for me means it's time to swim so dive in. Yippeee!

May 31, 2020

May 24, 2020

jealousy

I love the scene of Elvis singing Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do from the 1957 film Loving You. It picks me up and I just plain dig it. Some of the gents in the crowd are seething with jealousy towards The King. Many peeps hold back from shining their light because of the criticism they expect from others. That fear prevents them from expressing who they truly are. We learn and grow from our failures and we shine when we bust through that dread of being authentic. You've got a lotta livin' to do so break on through, baby! Most of your "haters" are actually your biggest fans – they just can't get beyond their envy. Oh well.

May 16, 2020

gorillas and knee socks

Whenever I hear a song from the past for the first time, I try to guess the year it was recorded based on the musical style. Instrumental and vocal trends changed every few years or so but 1965 is one of my favorite years in pop music. Here are some groovy tunes by The Ideals from Chicago singing about gorillas, wigs and knee socks:


You Lost and I Won, 1965


Go Get a Wig, 1965


The Gorilla, 1962 (Cortland Records version)
This song is playing in this clip. Whoooooaaaaahhhhhh!



Go-Go Gorilla, 1966 (Satelite Records version)
If you like to boogie, just try to sit still during this one.


Mo Gorilla, 1963


Knee Socks, 1959
Knee socks and Bermuda shorts caused quite a stir in the 1950s.

May 9, 2020

say what?

Haven't you always wondered what animals are thinking and what they want you to know? I've been fascinated lately with watching videos about "animal communicators." Start with these if you're interested:

Why is my dog acting up?
This is a good one
What are my cats thinking?
Police horses speak – incredible!
How to keep your animals calm
This one blows my mind

Talk to the Animals won the Oscar for "best song" in 1968. This clip from The Lawrence Welk Show is so dweeby until the animals come out dancing. I think the lion missed most of the rehearsals. Bahahaha!

May 2, 2020

1939 World's Fair

Elektro the Robot  • photos   • Home of the Future   • rides  
home movies   • I'm hungry   • newsreel   • swing dancing

The 1939 World's Fair had an exhibit of scantily clad women hanging out for bored husbands to gawk at. What's with the dumpy area?

April 25, 2020

raise your vibration

I love when young people discover The Beatles and become fans. Very often when I'm feeling down, I play my early-Beatles music. Listening to tunes that you love and singing along raises your vibration, changes your mood and strengthens your immune system. Check out this talented and charismatic young man as he performs Beatles tunes – and sing.

April 18, 2020

Tom Jones

Throughout generations, many parents loathed their kids listening to "rock and roll" music. On the flip side, my mom, in photos above, dug it. She liked Elvis as a young mother in the 50s and when The Beatles came in 1964, she was groovin' along with her teen daughters. Her favorite singer, however, was Tom Jones. I've been hearing Mr. Jones since I was a toddler and these songs are like a fuzzy blanket for me even though they're about cheating and murder. The young woman, below, is so cute while she hears two of Tom's tunes for the first time.

April 11, 2020

1958 dancing

In the late 1950s and throughout the 60s, many cities created their own "American Bandstand" at the tv studio with the weatherman as host. This video is like a car crash. I can't look away. Besides, I love the song (thanks Alex). It is so awkward, innocent and white-bread. Thank God footage like this exists when kids danced together pre-twist. One commenter from the video put it this way: "no reefer there."

April 5, 2020

hey, hey, hey – what's happening?

My friend Sue recently told me that her first concert was The Doobie Brothers on Cape Cod in 1978. I immediately thought of this:



What's Happening?! (1976-79) was one of my favorite shows as a kid. Rerun (Fred Berry) was well-known for his locking. Check him out.

Here are some kids locking on American Bandstand circa 1975.

March 31, 2020

Boston's WBCN

As a teenager in the late 1970s and early 80s, radio stations were my window to the world. During junior high after getting a clock radio for my bedroom, JB105 out of Providence, RI was my favorite station for pop music. In the 9th grade while briefly diggin' hard rock, WAAF out of Worcester, MA did it for me. During the 10th grade, WCOZ was very popular and many kids wore COZ t-shirts to school. But in the 11th grade, I discovered WBCN and was obsessed. My parents bought a new car that year and without permission I slapped a BCN sticker on the bumper. It was 1982 and music was changing. New-wave was becoming big and BCN rotated this new genre into its repertoire. I would travel to Boston to Newbury Comics when there was only one store on Newbury Street to buy my 45s because Strawberries didn't carry the local music I was hearing on BCN. Below, are some of the actual 45s that I bought during that unique time in music history:

WBCN introduced me to Lene Lovich, one of my favs from that era:

March 26, 2020

hands across the water...

...and everywhere else must be kept clean. Stay safe folks!

March 16, 2020

separated at birth

Jean Knight performs Mr. Big Stuff on Soul Train in 1971.

March 8, 2020

Sunday morning dose of 1965



This 1965 Shangri-Las tune has a definite Motown influence.

March 1, 2020

keep it simple

I'm fascinated with simple, minimalistic atmospheres. Here's a segment about a 1936 art deco building designed as an experiment in minimal living. Here's another cool one from Hong Kong.

February 22, 2020

February 1, 2020

chicks that rock

Here's a terrific live version of Live by The Bangles. It was originally recorded in 1967 by the west-coast band The Merry-Go-Round.

January 25, 2020

hee hee hee



This scene from 1969 is so delightfully bizarre, I'm making reservations at this place immediately. The choreography is by Bob Fosse.

January 18, 2020

Voices in the Sky

Sometimes we just need to slow down, sit still, listen to a beautiful song and let the feelings flow. This has been my top choice as of late.

January 12, 2020

I challenge you to a shimmy

Instead of shooting missiles at each other, what if we had dance-offs
to solve our world problems? Do The Monkey, Trump, shake it!  :-o

January 5, 2020

December 29, 2019

That Old Black Magic



This 1959 performance makes me laugh every time. I love their chemistry. Learn about this talented husband and wife team.


Jump, Jive an' Wail, Louis Prima, 1956

December 22, 2019

December 14, 2019

Looking for a new job?

Then try to dress as professionally as possible for the best results.

December 7, 2019

Is your organ happy?

The Booker T. show still has me jonesing for more organ so I've reconnected with my old friends Cherry Wainer and Don Storer. Thank God for people like Cherry. How cute and fun was she?! I'm impressed her teeny poodle sitting on the bench could stand all that stimulation.




The Happy Organ, Dave "Baby" Cortez, 1959

November 29, 2019

Happy day-after Thanksgiving

Ate too much pie? Y'all cats and chicks will need these tips.

November 23, 2019

Booker T. Jones

I saw one of my favorites at The Narrows in Fall River last night – a new venue for me. It’s about an hour from Boston but a breeze coming home. I will definitely be going back. You can bring your own food and drink. Tables are reserved but seats are first come first served. Booker T. Jones read from his new memoir, had a brief QA with the audience, and jammed with his son and 2 other fabulous musicians. What a blast to hear him play his Booker T. and the MGs greats right there on his Hammond organ. He talked about recording Dock of the Bay, which was the last time he played with Otis Redding. While he sang it, the audience joined in with the whistling that occurs at the end of the song. I’ll never forget that. Check out this joint. Learn about Stax Records.



Hip Hug-Her, 1967


Soul Limbo, 1968


Time Is Tight, 1968

November 22, 2019

three-part harmonies

Really diggin' this video of The Hollies doing their thang. Woohoo!

November 9, 2019

Ghost Riders in the Sky


I love everything about this circa 1961 performance by Neil LaVang.

November 2, 2019

Southern California beach culture

I've always been a beach person and intrigued by the SOCA lifestyle. Have you? Then check out the history of this coastline. Cowabunga!

October 26, 2019

October 19, 2019

Saturday morning dose of The Stones


The Rolling Stones perform on The Ed Sullivan Show circa 1964.


Here's a great montage of the appearances on the show in the 1960s including their infamous Let's Spend Some "TIME" Together performance. The audiences were outta control. I get it though.

A lot going on here. Some approve, some don't – just like life.