October 21, 2016

Halloween's a comin'

Shake it with Wednesday while she does the James Brown.

How cute is this circa 1964 elementary school Halloween parade?
Here is some excellent footage of another parade from 1932.

October 19, 2016

Wednesday morning dose of 1968

Put on your Nehru jacket and love beads and boogaloo baby.

October 15, 2016

Little Green Bag

Here are two videos from the Dutch group The George Baker Selection of their groovy hit Little Green Bag from 1970. Five years later, they would have a humongous, world-wide hit with this.

October 7, 2016

London's Marquee Club

Let's drop into The Marquee for a little afternoon shimmy...

Michael the Lover, The Ram Jam Band
You Don't Know Like I Know, The Ram Jam Band
I Take What I Want, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
I'll Take Good Care of You, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers
Hey Joe, Jimi Hendrix
My Generation, The Who

Here's another version of Michael the Lover and Garnet Mimms' original version of I'll Take Good Care of You with intro by Otis.

I Take What I Want, Sam and Dave here and here
You Don't Know Like I Know, Sam and Dave 

September 30, 2016

Gladys Knight

Growing up in the 1970s, one of my favorite groups was Gladys Knight and the Pips. I'm finally going to be seeing her in "Lynn, Lynn the city of sin" of all places. I'm so excited to hear that beautiful voice.

I can't stop watching this terrific version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine from a V.A. hospital performance in 1970 during the Vietnam War. What a wonderful thing they did. I love their exit.

If I Were Your Woman
If I Were Your Woman, whole song
I Don't Want To Do Wrong
I Really Got To Use My Imagination, circa 1975
I Heard it Through the Grapevine on Soul Train
Friendship Train
• Midnight Train to Georgia with Neither One of Us
You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

UPDATE: I was knocked out by Gladys Knight's show. It started with a mash-up of Nitty Gritty and Shake Your Body Down to the Ground. She then sang covers by Adele, Sam Smith and others. Her four young backup singers (2 male, 2 female) came forward and did a Prince tribute while Gladys hung out in the background, letting them have the spotlight. The tribute ended with Knight coming forward and belting out Purple Rain. She closed the show with a very audience-involved rendition of Midnight Train to Georgia. She's called "The Empress of Soul" for a reason. Wow.

September 16, 2016

In the Midnight Ow

Groove along with the Germans. But just say "no" to puffy shirts.

September 5, 2016

Uptight and outta sight

Here's a 16-year-old Stevie Wonder singing live, circa 1966.
Here's another great clip. It looks like Swingin' Time.

August 28, 2016

Swing the Jingle

Swing the Jingle was a 1965-1974 advertising project that had popular music groups and singers recording the Coke jingle in their own musical style and sound. Check out the history of this undertaking and have a listen to these groovy radio spots.

August 21, 2016

Sunday morning dose of 1965

The Radiants perform Baby You Got It on The Beat.

August 17, 2016

Take Me In Your Arms

I can't get enough of the Motown sound with its driving percussion, saxophones and terrific arrangements. Is it just me, or did many people in the 70s look like they really smelled? Which Doobie you be?

August 13, 2016

South Dakota Rocks!

The Beatles had a huge influence everywhere. Who knew that South Dakota had such a groovy, mid-1960s music scene?

August 7, 2016

The J. Geils Band

On rainy days when I was forced to hang out indoors, I would rummage through my sister's albums and play records. I discovered one of the greatest live albums while listening to Full House.

Here is the band in 1973, a year after Full House was released.

Check out their concert at Holy Cross College in 1972.

The 1962 version of Homework by Otis Rush (above right)

1965's version of Homework by Al Perkins and Betty Bibbs

The Valentinos (above left) recorded Lookin' For a Love in 1962.

August 2, 2016

The Harlem Shuffle

Hitch hitchhike baby across the floor. Thanks Funky 16 Corners!

July 23, 2016


Summertime in New England is the best. Hellooooooo Cape Cod!

July 17, 2016

July 1969

When I was 4-years-old, I was stung on the eye and lip. Good times.

July 8, 2016

Friday morning dose of the neckerchief

Sorry about all the pics. I obviously needed a HUGE dose. Yowza.

July 2, 2016

Dancing Machine

Sometimes the best thing to do is put on a good song and dance.

June 25, 2016

we're not dirty we're not mean

Thank God it's summertime! Yipppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

June 22, 2016

June 17, 2016

June 14, 2016

New England Rock and Roll History

I recently discovered the Music Museum of New England which contains intriguing, first-hand accounts of growing up in the early years
of rock and roll. The Surf at Nantasket Beach was the swingingest.

Sonny and Cher at Canobie Lake Park shortly after becoming big.

The Rockin' Ramrods were the house band at The Surf.

The Stones played the Manning Bowl and mayhem ensued.

Suffolk Downs in East Boston hosted The Beatles in 1966.

June 10, 2016

May 29, 2016

Something's Burning

When my mom cooked steak, the smoke alarm would always go off.
We would all then sing this. Happy Memorial Day and watch the steak.

May 13, 2016

you're gonna burn

I wonder if people did drugs in the 1960s? I think they may have.

May 8, 2016

Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy performs Shazam in the 1960 film Because They're Young. Now, if the audience could just learn how to clap...

Listen to the "King of Twang" discuss his life and career. What a guy.

April 29, 2016

Charlie Brown

Who's always poopin' in the hall? The Coasters perform Charlie Brown on The Saturday Night Beech-nut Show in 1959.

April 15, 2016

Al Green

Magnificent live performances by Al Green on Soul Train:

You Ought to Be With Me
Love and Happiness
Tired of Being Alone (in pleather hot pants no less)

April 10, 2016

Sunday afternoon dose of The Beatles

The Beatles perform live on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965.
I Feel Fine   • I'm Down   • Ticket to Ride   • Help!

How endearing are these girls in their cateye glasses? The girl behind them in the center is bawling her head off. Poor thing.  :o

April 8, 2016

Friday morning dose of the 70s

George McCrae performs Rock Your Baby circa 1974.

April 4, 2016

gotta dime?

How groovy is this 1961 Rock-Ola Regis 200? The Empress.
Check out this 1959 Rock-Ola with automobile design elements.

March 30, 2016

Go, Johnny, Go!

Here's the opening of the 1959 film starring Alan Freed.