September 12, 2014

1964 Boston Marathon

I grew up in Hopkinton, Massachusetts where the Boston Marathon starts. Thousands of people would flood our town and a few hours later it would be deserted. Here's great footage of the marathon from 1964.

September 1, 2014


Terrific footage of teenagers being interviewed during Beatlemania.

August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend dose of 1965

I don't even care about the "for reseach only" text. Marvelous!

tomorrow is a drag man...

...tomorrow is a big time bust. Here's a little culture for you.

August 10, 2014


If you love Shindig! as much as I do, you'll want to see this.

August 9, 2014

how do you not love 1965?

Fast forward to 7:15 just to check out her outfit. She talks about starring in American International films, like Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. What's she hidin' under that hat? I'd like to know... Here's the opening sequence with a groovin' theme song by The Supremes.

surf city

Gnarlatious footage of the surf and skateboard culture from 1966.

Saturday afternoon dose of the 70s

Yowza! Dare to wear the multi-color mood ring, or shirt!

August 8, 2014

July 27, 2014

July 20, 2014

mambo baby, mambo!

This is a good song to play on the kazoo. But this one is better!

Sunday afternoon dose of 1965

The Shangri-Las give him a great big kiss on Shivaree.

July 18, 2014

who was your first concert?

Mine was The B-52s in 1982 at the Ocean State Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. The B-52s gave me hope as a teenager that there were other normal people out there. Whoooooooooooohooooooo!

July 13, 2014

confessions of a disco child

Supposedly, the music that you listened to when you were 13 is music you always have a fondness for throughout your life. I turned 13 in 1978 when disco was still huge. The songs from Saturday Night Fever were played on the radio A LOT. My junior high Saturday Night Fever-themed dance was cancelled due to the blizzard of '78. My sister Janet and I never missed Dance Fever. This scene epitomizes that era for me.
What music did you listen to when you were 13? Boogie on!

July 10, 2014

Juke Box Jury, 1960

How bizarro was this show? Cool jukebox though.

June 29, 2014

1964 Beatles interview

Here's a Scottish interview from 1964 if you're so inclined.

June 22, 2014

Sunday morning dose of 1965

Mothers hide your daughters. The Stones on Top of the Pops.

June 21, 2014

The Doors

The Doors actually lip-synched on American Bandstand in 1967.

June 7, 2014

cha cha cha

Kids doing the Cha-Cha on American Bandstand from 1957.

The Animals

I love blue-eyed soul. More. More. More. More. More.

June 1, 2014


Check out some 1958 beatniks groovin' to the flute on Peter Gunn.

Sunday morning dose of 1966

If you're as fascinated as I am with hairdos, you'll dig this.

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

When was the last time you danced in a bar in your bikini?

May 10, 2014

Saturday night dose of Tom Jones

Ole swivel hips doing his thang from 1965. Go man go!

May 2, 2014

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons were named after a bowling alley in New Jersey.

Friday morning dose of Shindig!

April 29, 2014

James Brown's Boston Garden concert

Here's the entire 1968 concert shortly after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. It was broadcast live on PBS to prevent riots in the city.

April 20, 2014

Easter morning dose of 1966

Norma Tanega sings her groovy hit Walkin' My Cat Named Dog.

Janis Ian's Society's Child

Society's Child was a hauntingly beautiful and poignant song about the taboo subject of interracial relationships. Janis Ian hit the charts with this song as a 16-year-old in 1967. Many radio stations banned it. Ugh.

April 19, 2014

Saturday morning dose of go-go-ness

The Castaways perform Liar, Liar circa 1965. Go cats go!

April 12, 2014

Trini Lopez

Love the exuberant audience and groovin' bassist. Watusi!

March 23, 2014

Sir Douglas Quintet

Get the party started on Playboy After Dark. On Hullabaloo.

Sunday morning dose of Motown

The Supremes sing Nothing But Heartaches on Hullabaloo.

March 16, 2014

drums and guitars

The Ventures perform Wipeout live. My arms hurt.

March 15, 2014

if you love The Beatles...

you'll really dig this live, 1963 performance on Swedish tv.

Aretha Franklin on Merv Griffin

Spectacular performance by Aretha and her fab back-up singers!

March 14, 2014

March 8, 2014

one pill makes you larger

The Jefferson Airplane appear on American Bandstand at the onset of 1967's "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, California.

March 3, 2014

20 Feet From Stardom

Nice to see this film win best documentary at the Oscars last night. Darlene Love belted out her thanks in song. Right on!

March 2, 2014

Early Dusty Springfield

The folk group The Springfields sing Island of Dreams, circa 1962. Dusty sings In the Middle of Nowhere with great backup singing.

Sex Machine

If you dig James Brown, this is a must-see from 1971.

March 1, 2014

Blackpool Night Out tv show

The Beatles perform 6 songs in a row live on the British tv program Blackpool Night Out to a rather polite audience in 1965.

Saturday afternoon dose of Soul Train

Check out Michael doing The Robot! Whooooooaaaaaaahhhh!

Phil Spector on Merv Griffin

Weird, creepy and awkward visit by Phil Spector from 1965.

February 24, 2014

Ready Steady Go

Still riding that "50 years ago" thang with Ready Steady Go.

February 22, 2014

James Brown on The Ed Sullivan Show

James sings Papa's Got a Brand New Bag and I Got You.

February 8, 2014

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

It was fifty years ago this weekend that The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show and started the British Invasion, changing rock and roll and inspiring countless bands and musicians.

January 25, 2014

Bossa Nova Baby

This is from 1963's Fun In Acapulco starring Elvis. Groovy organ.

January 23, 2014


Don't watch this if you are prone to seizures. Heehaw.

Thursday afternoon dose of 1964

Here are The Supremes performing on Shindig! fifty years ago.

January 10, 2014

Friday afternoon dose of 1965

Comes complete with a swingin' neck brace. It's a what?!

January 4, 2014

Beatles press conference, 1964

Funny, chaotic, weird, irritating, disorganized and extremely smoky.

December 22, 2013

let it snow

James Brown sings I Got You in 1965's Ski Party. More AIP.

December 20, 2013

Happy Holidaze!

Just stay calm, focus and listen. Merry Christmas!

December 15, 2013

Night Train tv show

Night Train was an all-black rhythm and blues, vocal group harmony and soul music tv show out of Nashville. It ran from 1964-67. Tremendous performances and great backup singing! Check out Jimi Hendrix playing guitar in the opening act. Be good to ya neybaaah!

December 3, 2013

All hail the Queen of Soul

Aretha performs Rock Steady live on Soul Train from 1973.