January 31, 2016

jivin' and twistin'

Terrific swing dancing during the Junior Jive Contest from 1962.


January 24, 2016

Sunday morning dose of The Beatles

Before their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, The Beatles were introduced to the United States via a film that was shown on The Jack Paar Program in January 1964.

Get a load of how loud their Shea Stadium concert was in 1965.

January 12, 2016

The Beat tv show

The Beat was a syndicated tv show from Dallas, Texas that aired for one year in 1966. It was hosted by Nashville-based deejay Bill "Hoss" Allen and featured a house band led by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Below, are some fine, soul performances from the program.

show intro
Jerkin' the Dog, The Mighty Hannibal
The Duck, Jimmy Church
Uptight, Jimmy Church
You'll Lose a Good Thing, Barbara Lynn
Suffering Soul, Mighty Joe Young
Hold On To What You've Got, Joe Tex
Something's Got a Hold On Me, Etta James
Hide Away, Freddie King

January 3, 2016

Somebody Help Me

A teenage Steve Winwood and The Spencer Davis Group perform
live on the German television show Beat Beat Beat in 1966. Below,
are some fantastic, live performances with groovin' audiences.

• James Brown's I'll Go Crazy
Sha La La La Lee, Small Faces
Cherry Wainer and Don Storer
With a Girl Like You, The Troggs
I Can't Control Myself, The Troggs
• more Wainer and Storer
C.C. Rider, Eric Burdon

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

What was going on in London for New Year's Eve 1965? Big heads.