August 2, 2015

it's hot out

Johnny Cash performs Ring of Fire at the Grand Ole Opry in 1968.

July 24, 2015

Friday afternoon dose of 1965



It was 50 years ago this weekend that Bob Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival. Many peeps were upset for several reasons. Boohoo. He stayed away from the folk festival for 37 years.

July 18, 2015

Marty Robbins

Four great renditions of El Paso by Marty Robbins from 1960.

July 17, 2015

British coffee houses

Stimulate the nerves and alert your brain. Weeeeeeeeeooooo!

July 3, 2015

I wanna dance

Fantastic and fun jitterbugging. The colors are nice too.

July 2, 2015

Friday afternoon dose of 1965

Somebody must've put Mexican jumping beans in the water. Yikes.

June 28, 2015

Booker T. Jones

Looking forward to seeing Booker T. Jones in Boston soon – one of
my favorite musicians EVER and king of the Hammond B3 organ.



Check out Steve Cropper talking about his time at Stax Records.



Learn about the Hammond B3 organ from this GROOOVY video.

Diggin' the organ? Here are some previous organ posts, but this scene from 1944's Bathing Beauty starring Ethel Smith is a gem.

June 19, 2015

Muscle Shoals

If you dig 1960s and 70s soul and rock, you'll find this documentary very engrossing. Singers and bands flocked to these Alabama studios for their iconic musical style and influence. Thank God they did.

June 12, 2015

sun, surf and screaming



The above animated GIFs were made from this and this.

June 11, 2015

amusement parks

As a kid, my favorite thing about summer was visiting an amusement park. Here's a 1970s commercial for Hunt's Pier in New Jersey. Here's the Palisades Park commercial from the 60s. Weeeeeeee!


It's summertime at last!

Head down to fabulous New Jersey for some fun in the sun.

Take a gander at the beauties from the Miss New Jersey contest.



And don't worry, nobody will make fun of your training wheels. NOT

June 1, 2015

scariness

Pump up the volume on Dance Party USA. Be very afraid.

May 24, 2015

Sunday morning dose of 1967

Teenagers and Twiggy get their groove on and let it all hang out.

Hullabaloo tv show

This Hullabaloo opening leaves me screaming heeeeeeeeeelp!

May 7, 2015

Mel Blanc

Yes, you know who he is. The Isaac Hayes post got me thinking about cartoon voices. Here he is on Letterman in 1981. Learn more.
Check out these other interviews. I dare you not to smile:
Nancy Cartwright
The Scooby-Doo cast
Fred and Wilma
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Dan Castellaneta
Harry Shearer  
Hank Azaria
Seth MacFarlane and cast

May 3, 2015

Sunday morning dose of Soul Train

An early one featuring Isaac Hayes' hit Theme from Shaft. Don't you just love watching people do voice-overs? Here's Hayes as Chef.

April 25, 2015

The Wrecking Crew

If you enjoy rock and roll history, especially 1960s music, you'll love this film. Just as the Funk Brothers were the backbone of Motown, The Wrecking Crew were the studio musicians behind many hit records coming out of 60s LA. It's a blast to watch. Check it out.

April 20, 2015

latest in dancing from 1962

No thanks. You go ahead and have fun. I'll just watch.

April 19, 2015

need a new hairdo?

Let's twist while we wait to get our twist haircuts from Sergio.


Want to alter your personality? Get a new do and wiglet to match.


From beatnik to beauty. All it takes is a bouffant, baby.

spring break

Vibrant footage of spring break in Fort Lauderdale from 1960.

April 12, 2015

spring has sprung

Finally, spring is here! I was getting tired of waiting.

April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

I used to totally rock out to my sister's Jesus Christ Superstar album while in high school and college. Jesus is just alright with me.

April 4, 2015

Saturday morning dose of Shindig!



A mini rock opera from 1965. Pass the corn doodles please.

March 29, 2015

March 21, 2015

What is Swing?

Everything you need to know in under 6 minutes. Swing it!

Early Rockettes

Great footage from the film King of Jazz from 1930.

words of wisdom

Thank you, Peter Fonda. I couldn't have said it better.

March 15, 2015

Don Gibson

Oh Lonesome Me and Oh Lonesome Me with June Carter Cash

March 8, 2015

1967 Rock-Ola Princess Deluxe

My friend Glenn has a new member of the family. Welcome.

March 1, 2015

Do the Hoppel-Poppel?

Learn the Pop Art, the Boogaloo or the Bro Bro if you dare.