July 22, 2017

Leonard Cohen

I was recently telling my friend Suzanne about this beautiful song.

July 15, 2017

here piggy wiggy

Just when everything is groovy, your pig goes missing. Damn it.

July 9, 2017

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)

Who better to have backing you up than The Edwin Hawkins Singers. They sing live with Melanie on a Dutch tv program in 1970. Wowza!

July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Let freedom ring! And I'll take mustard on my hot dog please.

June 29, 2017

Gladys Kravitz

We've all encountered those pesky gossips. What's up with them?

June 24, 2017

hey space cadet


Planning a trip on Virgin Galactic? Get a new do for the occasion.


June 17, 2017

Elvis Costello

In an era when my friends and peers were swooning to Journey and REO Speedwagon, I thankfully had Elvis (the second one). Explore:

Pump It Up
Oliver's Army
The Beat
Radio, Radio
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Watching the Detectives
Accidents Will Happen
Green Shirt
Alison live (love the organ!)


June 10, 2017

Shebang tv show

Here's a complete episode of Shebang from 1967 featuring Motown. Shebang was an LA-based dance show that aired from 1965-1968.

For me, Kasem will always be the voice of Shaggy. Punch it!


June 2, 2017

that's a spicy meatball

An early birthday present is taking me to see Mamma Mia! at Boston's Opera House tonight. Listening to the radio in the 1970s, Abba was all over the place. I cannot stop thinking of this commercial from 1969.


May 28, 2017

De La Soul

If you dig 1980s and early 90s hip hop, then you probably already know these guys. If not, sharing is caring...



Say No Go
Me, Myself and I
The Magic Number
Transmitting Live from Mars


Eclectic sampling at its best:

Five Feet High and Rising, Johnny Cash (1959)
You Showed Me, The Turtles (1968)
Peg, Steely Dan (1977)
Schoolhouse Rock (1973)
I Can't Go for That, Hall and Oates (1981)

May 20, 2017

My Old School

Steely Dan performs in 1973 after a very informative intro.

May 13, 2017

so long



A rock and roll pioneer and trailblazer has passed. A huge thanks to Chuck Berry. The clips below are from a 1965 Belgian television show.

Maybellene
Roll Over Beethoven
Memphis
No Particular Place to Go
Promised Land/Johnny B. Goode medley

May 6, 2017

Good, Good Lovin'



I'll be seeing the tremendous Darlene Love tonight in Boston and I'm sure she'll be getting some good, good lovin' from the audience. In the video above, The Blossoms perform on the very last episode of Shindig! in January 1966. Groove along with them on Shindig!:

Dancing in the Street
Needle in a Haystack
I Like It Like That
Night Time is the Right Time with The Righteous Brothers
• Backing up Aretha Franklin

UPDATE: I was once again blown away. Gotta love Love!

April 29, 2017

Shirley Ellis

1965 was an energetic year. It was a good one for Shirley too.


April 22, 2017

Saturday morning dose of the 70s

Time to put on my "Get on Down!" t-shirt. Yeah, baby.

April 14, 2017

April 7, 2017

sour power

Groovy gum commercials featuring The Four Seasons and surfing.

April 1, 2017

Saturday afternoon dose of 1958

Terrific footage of teens with music and dancing for everyone.

March 25, 2017

Devo

While decluttering recently, I came upon my Devo ticket stub (click to enlarge). Apparently, my mom let me see them on a school night.
Things became a little weird in the early 1980s, and I loved it.

If something was quirky and made me laugh from its absurdity and wackiness, the better. Enter, Devo. If you like to dance or want a giggle, these will make you, at least, bob your head:

Whip It
Girl U Want
That's Good
Through Being Cool
Beautiful World
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Peek-a-boo
• If you're really adventurous, watch this

At the concert I bought a red, flower-pot hat. I also bought a concert t-shirt. The concert was during their strange, plastic-shoulder, potato-body phase. When the t-shirt became too small to wear, I gave it to a friend with the stipulation to give it back when she no longer wore it. A few years ago she returned it. Ta da.


A very Devo Christmas in 1982. The above photo is THIS!

March 17, 2017

customer service dos and don'ts

Want a job at The Krystal? Then stop being a trollop already.

March 10, 2017

Oh No Not My Baby

Maxine Brown performs at The Bitter End in 1968. The Carole King-Gerry Goffin tune was recorded by Merry Clayton in 1972.
Here is a peek at the creative process with King on piano.

Have a listen to Maxine Brown's 1964 recording:

March 3, 2017

The Letter

The Box Tops perform live at The Bitter End much to the audience's excitement. Why would you want to name yourself after the top of a box? Am I missing something? Just like a little, bitty baby now.

February 25, 2017

learn The Big Apple

Make it hot. Wiggle. Loosen up sister. If kids were roaming the streets today doing this, they would be teaching you how to twerk. Ugh.

February 17, 2017

Friday morning dose of 1967



The Move perform I Can Hear the Grass Grow on French tv.

February 9, 2017

Polk Salad Annie

Take your pick from several renditions of the 1969 hit by Tony Joe White. Polk salad, properly spelled "poke," is American pokeweed, a poisonous plant that needs to be boiled, rinsed, then boiled again before sautéing it in a skillet with bacon fat. A "poke" is a small bag or sack. Sock a little polk salad to me. Chomp, chomp, chomp.

live on Swedish tv, 1969 
with Johnny Cash
live on British tv, 1970

February 4, 2017

Tina Britt

Dusty Springfield covers Britt's 1965 tune The Real Thing.


February 1, 2017

beautiful harmonies

The Everly Brothers perform live on The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show in 1961. Check out the go-go version of Ford's Sixteen Tons.

January 26, 2017

A Face in the Crowd



In the clip above, Andy Griffith talks about his role in the 1957 film directed by Elia Kazan. Here is the scene that he references. Discuss.


January 20, 2017

This Can't Be True





Eddie Holman belts out his 1965 Cameo-Parkway hit.


January 15, 2017

Uber? Lyft?

Call me old-fashioned, but I'll take a big yellow taxi instead.

January 11, 2017

perfect for today's lifestyle

It's a fun fashion sensation. It's fun. Goes where you go. A fun part of your life. I couldn't have said it better. Thanks, K-TEL.

January 6, 2017

Ruby and the Romantics

It's 2017. Is this the year that our day will come?

December 27, 2016

Here It Comes Again

The Fortunes perform on the top of Montmartre in 1965.

December 17, 2016

Santa's been naughty, again

This has now made its way to the top of my Christmas wish list.