December 22, 2013

let it snow

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

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.

December 1, 2013

Sunday afternoon dose of the 70s

Bring back the disco floor! Check out the same song on Soul Train.

November 24, 2013

Let me hear ya say yeah!

Dusty and Marvin sing Can I Get a Witness circa 1965.

November 5, 2013

1965 radio broadcast

Here's an original broadcast including commercials, station jingles
and pop music by WMCA in New York City from February 1965.

Part one

Part two

October 27, 2013

creepy clowns

If you hate clowns as much as I do, this should give you the krinkles.

October 26, 2013


Bobby Rydell sings Volare from 1960 on The Perry Como Show.

The Art Laboe Show

Teenagers jitterbugging to Rockin' Robin from 1958.

October 23, 2013

Triumph the insult comic dog

Let out your inner insult comic dog next time you get a wiener.

September 29, 2013

Sunday morning dose of 1965

If you don't know how to do it, I'll show ya how to walk the dog.

September 20, 2013

totally gnarly 80s flashback

Here's a rate-a-record segment circa 1984 complete with scaredos and cheesebag commercials. I give it a 20. Whoooooooaaaaahhhhh!

September 15, 2013

driving around in the 50s

Check out the cool cars cruising around L.A. on a smoggy day.

August 31, 2013


The rate-a-record segment on American Bandstand circa 1964

Saturday morning dose of the 70s

Get out your lace-up hotpants and shake it some more, more, more.

August 25, 2013

Quando, Quando, Quando

Let's travel back to bizarre 1969 shall we? Just tell me quando!

August 22, 2013

The Hammond organ

A swell documentary for all you groovy cats and chicks.

August 18, 2013

Sunday morning dose of go-go-ness

The Move perform on French tv from 1967 complete with go-go girls.

August 17, 2013

Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich plays in a beatnik club with an alien Jerry Lewis.

Tico Tico

Grab some bongos and help out Ethel. This one is a must-see. Check out Carmen Miranda doing the same number.

August 10, 2013

The Temptations

Not one, not two, but three by the temptin' Temps. Woohooo!

August 3, 2013

Saturday morning dose of 1964

I'm amazed at how many of these movies were made. Oy vey.

July 30, 2013


Here's a fun 1963 color film of pre-British Invasion Beatlemania.

July 14, 2013

having a bad day?

Then have a dose of camp to pick yourself up. You deserve it!

July 7, 2013

Sunday morning dose of the 70s

Zebra 3, Zebra 3. Whooooooooooooooooooaaaaaahhhhhh!

July 2, 2013

Welcome summer!

Dick Dale and the Del-tones swing it on Beach Party from 1963.

June 9, 2013

Sunday evening dose of Swingin' Time

Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels circa 1966

June 7, 2013

1960s Beatles-inspired commerical

It's a firecracker treat that's fun to eat. Wooooohooooooooo!

May 16, 2013

Palm Springs, California

If you're a mid-century-modern nut like me, you'll love this city. The Kaufmann House from 1946, pictured above, was commissioned by Edgar Kaufmann. He also commissioned Fallingwater in 1935.

I've never seen such a collection of 50s/60s homes. I smell meatloaf.

Palm Springs has a terrific modern art museum and oodles of mid-century furniture stores containing objects to drool over.

A gigantic sculpture of Marilyn Monroe overlooks the main drag.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you to the top of the San Jacinto Mountains for the most incredible view of the desert. Scroll through this scene for movie footage of the tram from 1967.

Sonny Bono was mayor of Palm Springs from 1988-92.

Palm Springs is a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and San Diego.

May 5, 2013

I speak jive

There's a reason I loved the Beav so much. Her name is June.

May 4, 2013

Shebang tv show

Check out this Los Angeles-based tv program and dance to Tom Jones, Tommy James and Martha and the Vandellas, circa 1966.

• The show was hosted by Casey Kasem
The Doors lip sync to Break On Through

April 16, 2013

The Beav

With the recent death of Frank Bank (Lumpy Rutherford), I fondly remember the Beav. I watched reruns of this 1957-1963 show every morning before school for years. It taught me many life lessons.

April 7, 2013

Sunday afternoon dose of 1966

A complete Swingin' Time that runs the gamut of musical styles.

April 1, 2013

April Fools' Day dose of camp

Spring Break! Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Detroit, Michigan

Learn about the Motor City. Tons of great musical footage.

In the early 1920s, my grandfather (born 1897) and his best friend moved from Massachusetts to Detroit to work in the car factories for a few years. He then became a mechanic. Perhaps he helped assemble a car similar to this one? Right on Frank.

March 30, 2013

Documentary about Boston...

...with wonderful color footage from the 1930s and 1940s.
The South End
Revere Beach
The Totem Pole Ballroom
The Boston Braves

Record Hop tv show

Here's another local teen dance show from San Jose, California.

March 22, 2013

Friday night dose of 1963

Swingin' Time tv show

A teenie peek at the Detroit-area teen dance show, circa 1966.

March 21, 2013

Milt Grant's Record Hop

A slice of the local Washington, D.C. music program from 1957.

backyard rollercoaster

This cracks me up. I love it. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!