February 27, 2021

Got My Mojo Working

Muddy Waters performs live on Canadian TV. At Newport in 1960.

February 20, 2021

February 13, 2021

Chicago Transit Authority...


...before they shortened their name. Where's my cowbell damn it?

February 6, 2021

Smackwater Jack


Here is a terrific live performance. Tapestry was released in 1971.

January 31, 2021

January 16, 2021

Na?

Want to know what the German tv show Beat Beat Beat was like in 1966/67? You do? Well you're in luck. Yippppppppeeeeeeeee!

January 9, 2021

January 2, 2021

the electric house


If you're a mid-century-modern freakazoid, you'll dig this 1950s promo film from Westinghouse. The heating bill is how much?!


I'll take one of those flip-up screen walls please. Fluffy! Nooooo!

December 27, 2020

December 21, 2020

Happy Christmas


Here's a mix to help you make your season merry and bright.

December 17, 2020

donkeys or cats?


The cat version makes me want to scratch my own eyes out. Aaahh.


Lou Monte, 1960


The Christmas Cats

December 12, 2020

Where does she live?



She don't come from no city, she lives way down in Diddy Wah Diddy.


Diddy Wah Diddy, Barry and the Remains, 1966

December 5, 2020

U.N.I.T.Y.



How are things going on your part of the planet? I miss the 90s.

November 21, 2020

Seventeen tv show

As a pop culture/rock history goon, being able to see live tv performances from 40+ years ago is a gas for me. I always think about how old the people I know/knew were at that time. Whenever I see kids dancing to rock and roll in the late 50s, I think of Helen Kelly and Mrs. Swaine, two moms from my childhood neighborhood. How cool it must be to see yourself, your mother/father or your grandmother/father dancing in clips like THIS Iowa teen dance show from 1958.

November 14, 2020

Saturday morning dose of Soul Train


What ya doing in your bed on your back? You should be dancing.

November 7, 2020

The Human Beinz

Hey Stardust, should we go to the BE-IN or the LOVE-IN? Check out this footage of a LOVE-IN on Boston Common from the late 60s.

October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween!

Remember my little ghosts and goblins to always listen to Krinkles before eating your Krinkles – FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES.

October 24, 2020

desire

What is it you want? What do you truly and genuinely yearn for?

October 10, 2020

The Texas Push

My date to a 7th grade dance in 1977 told me to wear my beige LEVI corduroys so that we'd match. I "accidentally" forgot. Push push.

September 26, 2020

Go, Dino, Go!



If you're a Rascals fan, you will dig this performance from 1968.

September 19, 2020

Walk, Don't Run

Hi Barbara Ann. Put on your little outfit, come over to my house and twirl your baton while I work on my wheels. Sure, Johnny.

September 12, 2020

regrets, I've had a few

When my mom finished nursing school in 1948, flight attendants were required to be RNs (registered nurses). She was 21 and living with her parents outside Boston, so why not travel and see the world even though many cities were still in ruins from the war? Jet travel was an extreme luxury then and it would be part of her job. She applied, was hired, but eventually turned it down. She told me it was her only major regret in her life. Here's the schmaltz. Now go do something, damn it.

1940s stewardess training film
Ozzie and Harriet, 1958
A 1960s British Air Hostess
Austrian stewardess training film, 1964
American Airlines Stewardess College, 1968
American Airlines commercial, 1968
white go-go boots
The Naughty Stewardesses, 1973

September 5, 2020

wish you didn't have to go



I get so bummed when summer ends. It's too short in New England.

August 29, 2020

Hullabaloo

Kids! It's time for The Kinks on Hullabaloo. Take my hand, honey!

August 13, 2020

I'm hungry

What's for lunch? What's for dinner? Are we there yet?

July 24, 2020

A skateboarding horse?

Yup. AND you learn The Frug. My life is complete and I'm so thankful.


I'm So Thankful, The Ikettes, 1965

July 5, 2020

Mary, Mary...

...why ya buggin'? – RUN-DMC   Where you goin' to? – The Monkees


Mary, Mary, The Butterfield Blues Band, 1966

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 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."