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.

Sunday morning dose of pop culture

I love when rock and roll trends make their way onto tv shows. Opie joins a garage band named The Sound Committee and learns the latest lingo since he now has an image to uphold. The Standells are the house band at the club in this Ben Casey episode, circa 1965. Here's Annette Funicello as a bad-girl go-go dancer, circa 1964. Hilarious.

February 22, 2015

Lesley Gore

What would 1963 be without It's My Party? Quincy Jones' protégé Lesley Gore had a slew of hits and appeared in some of cinema's finest, as well as tv's Batman. Here she is on Shindig!

February 16, 2015

Honey on drums

snowbound in Boston

I may as well clean my pad. I think Mr. Clean was a lifelong bachelor. Here's a creepy, real-life Mr. Clean from 1964.

February 14, 2015

snowy Boston welcomes George Clinton



With no empty cabs in sight, my friend Glenn and I hoofed it to the House of Blues during a snowstorm to catch George Clinton.



Check out his site for more info about his book.



Have a listen to Clinton's 1982 hit Atomic Dog.

February 8, 2015

What is a Scopitone?

Click here to find out. You'll be glad you did. You're welcome.

February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday dose of pop culture

Here's a cool clip of teenagers in the 1950s and 60s.

My parents, above, were teenagers in the 1940s. They both graduated from high school in 1945. In the 1940s, most girls wore their hair parted on the side. My mom, however, preferred her hair parted in the middle like Hedy Lamarr. Underneath my mom's photo in her yearbook it reads Pretty as a picture and nice to know. My dad was voted Most Athletic, Noisiest and Teacher's Pest. Nice, dad.

This is Hedy Lamarr. My mom copied her hairstyle as a teenager.

Typical teenagers during the 1940s. Swing was the thing. When my mom was a senior in high school, she was allowed to skip school to see a matinee performance by Frank Sinatra in Boston.

Above are common hairstyles from the 1940s. Va va va voom!

January 27, 2015

Blizzard of 2015 snow day

What to do when you're stuck inside due to a blizzard? Have the band over and go-go dance, damn it! Go baby, gooooooooooooooo!

January 25, 2015

time for a go-go lesson...

...from Denise Drysdale, Australia's premiere go-go dancer.


Sunday morning dose of The Beatles

This is a live tv broadcast from 1963, just months before The Beatles arrived in the United States. I love how they play the music for the closing credits. Lots of audience shots!

January 22, 2015

1963 threads

Here's a film about what Montgomery Ward was offering for 1963.

January 21, 2015

Germany's beat club

Here's a complete episode from 1965. More and more.

January 17, 2015

Saturday morning dose of Beatlemania

The Beatles arrive in NYC in 1964. Get out your earplugs!

rock stars with their parents

Check out this 1971 Life Magazine exposé about rock stars at home with their parents. Rock those boots Elton John's mom!

January 10, 2015

Catch a revue tonight...



If you're under 12, you get to see James Brown for 99¢. Groovy!

Are you a modernist?

Cathy McGowan, known as the Queen of the Mods and host of Ready Steady Go!, appears on To Tell The Truth and answers questions about being a mod from a 1964 broadcast.

January 6, 2015

January 4, 2015

let's go-go



I've always been fascinated with rock and roll history, popular culture, and how people dressed, groomed themselves and danced during different eras. The fad dances of the 60s crack me up the most. Seems like people really needed to let go. Yeah baby, yeah!



Record shops had listening booths to preview the latest hits.


Head down to the discotheque and Watusi the night away.

January 2, 2015

Friday morning dose of 1965



Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames on Ready Steady Go!

January 1, 2015

haircuts

One man's story of his relationship with the barbershop.

December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Don't let your party get too out of control. Whooooooooaaaaahhh!

December 21, 2014

Santa's been naughty


Christmas music

My family had three Christmas albums (above) that were played incessantly for weeks until Christmas. The Grants Department Store Christmas album and the Andy Williams album are from 1965.

However, my favorite Christmas music is from the 1963 Phil Spector album featuring Darlene Love. Since 1986, she has performed on Letterman and this year's version was flawless. Hallelujah!

Sunday morning dose of go-go-ness

Where are you getting your go-go boots? Why Sears, of course.

From the 1965 Sears catalog. Comes with 5 records. I'm sold!

December 20, 2014

Tommy James and the Shondells

Thanks to Alex from Lost and Found on WMBR in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this is my new favorite song. More and more.

December 19, 2014

Friday night dose of Aretha



Aretha and her girls delight in Stockholm, Sweden from 1968.

December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas!

'Tis the season to buy, buy, buy! So get in the mood already.

Sweet Soul Music

Legendary artists from Stax Records in Memphis perform during a Stax Volt Revue in Norway from 1967. Whooooooooohooooooooooo!

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let's not forget what Thanksgiving is all about. Pass the turkey!