November 22, 2015

Ronnie Spector

I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Ronnie Spector a few nights ago in a very intimate setting in Natick, Massachusetts. She looked gorgeous and sounded gorgeous. Her hair was bigger than huge, thank God, and her band and backup singers were the best.

I've never sat so close to a performer before and could not make my smile go away. In between each song she sat and told stories about her career and the song she was about to sing. There was a slide show with video too. One of the top 5 shows I've ever seen. Thanks Ronnie!

The Ronettes originally recorded I Can Hear Music in 1966.
It was later done by The Beach Boys in 1968.

She ended the show with Frosty the Snowman. The Ronettes
were a huge part of Phil Spector's Christmas album from 1963.

• Kids Cha Cha to Be My Baby on American Bandstand
Say Goodbye to Hollywood, 1977

Wonderful footage from a New York tv show with Murray the K.

November 15, 2015

learning "The Hustle" to "Popcorn"

In the summer of 1975 when I was 10-years-old, my family went camping with some of our neighbors. One night at the campground rec hall there was a square dancing party. Besides do-si-doing we learned The Hustle, the new dance of the day to the song Popcorn.

Just when the big, bad world is getting me down, I find this.
Thank you, Jesus. Whoooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

November 14, 2015

Saturday morning dose of The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons belt out a medley of some of their biggest hits.

November 12, 2015

Black Is Black

Los Bravos perform then run from the fanatical chicks.

November 7, 2015

Saturday morning dose of 1967

Check out The Rascals being inducted into the RRHOF.

November 3, 2015

Hand Jive

Johnny Otis, Three Tons of Joy and Lionel Hampton perform Willie and the Hand Jive on The Johnny Otis Show in 1958.

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Screamin' Lord Sutch and the Savages perform Jack the Ripper in 1964 and creep out the audience. Rrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaahhhhhhh!

Beware of monsters today!

They can really be a pain in the neck I tell ya. Aaaaaaahhhhhh!

October 28, 2015

Crazy Cafe

Let's go get an egg and groove to the jukebox at the Crazy Cafe.

October 23, 2015

Saturday Night Beech-nut Show

This Dick Clark show was broadcast live from NYC and featured almost every pop singer from the 1950s. It aired from 1958-1960.

October 21, 2015

radio station countdowns

88 Rewound counts down the hits of the day. Have a listen.

October 18, 2015

Ranch Party tv show

Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline perform in 1957.

October 17, 2015

The Dusty Springfield Show

Get ready to fall in love with Dusty and her backup singers. My favorite performances from her 1966 tv show are below. Fantastic.

meet the backup singers
another intro
ending and closing credits
Losing You 
Anna (El Negro Zumbon)

Pink Martini does a fabulous version of Anna (El Negro Zumbon). I've seen them many times. One of the best shows out there.

Check out Anna being sung in the 1951 film of the same name.

Who's under there?

How cool is the beatnik girl mask? Like, Happy Halloween.

October 16, 2015

Halloween approaches

Time to watch Disc-O-Teen for some costume ideas.

October 14, 2015

quivering animal voices

I cannot stop playing this. I close my eyes and pretend I'm hearing singing rodents. Love that mid-60s sound, especially the drums.

The Newbeats also released a version:

It was written and recorded by John D. Loudermilk in 1962:

October 12, 2015

Upbeat tv show

The Cleveland, Ohio music show aired from 1964-71. Read about host Don Webster's recollections here. Otis Redding appeared on Upbeat the day before his death. Below, Webster introduces Redding.

October 11, 2015

Otis Redding

One of the greatest singers in the history of mankind was Otis Redding. He died at age 26 on December 10, 1967. Below, are three performances from Upbeat, the Cleveland, Ohio tv show that aired from 1964-71. He was killed in a plane crash the day after these performances:

Wow again
Once again, wow

The RRHOF displays part of the fuselage bearing Redding's name.

October 10, 2015

building a jukebox

See how this 1958 jukebox was made. I'll take one please.

October 7, 2015

the Hula Hoop

Hula Hoops have been around forever, but it wasn't until Wham-O marketed the product in 1958 that it became a world-wide craze.

It was still going strong ten years later. How cute are these kids?

October 2, 2015

Feeling bad about yourself?

Watch this and turn that frown upside down. You're welcome.

September 26, 2015

Saturday morning dose of 1967

Thank God for those who travel to the beat of a different drum. Linda Ronstadt performs Different Drum live. Hear a wonderful tribute to Ronstadt by some of the greatest female singers from today.

September 21, 2015

Darlene Love comes to Boston

My favorite female singers of all time are Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Darlene Love. This weekend I'm seeing one of them live. Darlene is performing at a Boston College event with the Boston Pops. The concert is not open to the public, but my friend Glenn, a BC alumnus, was able to score some tickets. YIPPPEEEEE! I'm so jazzed to hear that wonderful voice in person, and with the Pops no less.

Check out Bette Midler inducting Love into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The two then perform a rendition of He's a Rebel.

September 15, 2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

My friend Glenn and I recently journeyed to Cleveland, Ohio to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a rock and roll history junkie, I was in heaven. It felt like my life was flashing before my eyes, especially while viewing 1980s music videos at the MTV exhibit. Yahooooo!

Why is it in Cleveland you ask? Because Alan Freed, who coined the term "rock and roll" was a deejay there in the early 1950s.

Above, a mid-60s British Invasion exhibit featuring clothing, concert posters, instruments, video and drum covers. Groooooooooovy!

 Above, Ringo's drum set used during their 1964 world tour.

An hour from Cleveland in Sandusky, Ohio is Cedar Point. Being a roller coaster freak, we had to visit. Amusement parks sure have changed since I was a kid. Yikes. My voice is still hoarse from screaming with joy.

September 11, 2015

riding the school bus in 1977

I love hearing people's stories about their musical memories, whatever the circumstances. Here's one from me about beginning the 7th grade in the fall of 1977. The high school I attended was comprised of grades 7-12. I went from riding on a noisy, boisterous grade-school bus to a silent bus with high school kids. Our bus was the only one in town with a radio on board and it was always tuned to WRKO, an AM station in Boston. We heard the same songs every morning and these tunes are forever burned in my brain. The songs ran the gamut of musical styles from disco to rock to easy listening to movie theme songs. The song that gave me the biggest chuckle was Donna Summer's hit I Feel Love. It would be 7:30 in the morning on a crowded, silent school bus and a sexy disco song would be blaring. I'll never forget that strange scene. Below, are some of the songs that I remember from that bus ride. Hey, I didn't say they were all good.

I Feel Love, Donna Summer
On and On, Stephen Bishop
Cold As Ice, Foreigner
Short People, Randy Newman
Nobody Does It Better, Carly Simon
You Light Up My Life, Debbie Boone

September 7, 2015

Labor Day dose of Soul Train

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes perform Bad Luck from 1975.

September 6, 2015

Thelma Houston on my clock radio

In February of 1977, I was home on vacation from the 6th grade when my mom returned from grocery shopping. While helping her put away the groceries, I took out a clock radio from one of the bags. "Who is this for?" I asked. "You," she responded. From that day on, turning on the radio was the first thing I did when I entered my room. If I hear a song that was once played on the radio, I still remember what was going on in my life when that particular song was popular. This song reminds me of that day in 1977. Right on!

The song was originally recorded by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (featuring Teddy Pendergrass) in 1975. Have a listen...

September 4, 2015


Andy and Edie on Merv from 1965. Got 3 hours? Check out this documentary on Warhol. Learn more about Edie Sedgwick.