December 29, 2018

fascinating footage

My jaw drops every time I watch this video. The film speed was slowed and sound was added. Go here for more if it floats your boat.

Notre-Dame (1896)
Champs-Élysées Speedway (1899)
Passing of a fire brigade (1897)
A guy and his bike (1897)
Moving walkway at the Paris Exposition (1900)

December 21, 2018

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Christmas Show

My Christmas season shifted into high gear last night when I saw Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at my favorite joint. The best thing about Christmas for me is the abundance of holiday music. You gorge on the stuff and then it's gone 'til next year. No wonder these guys sell out by July. Fantastic, fun band with a horn section AND an upright bassist – who sang the Grinch song to perfection. Their rendition of the Snow/Heat Miser song got the audience groovin' with Xmas spirit.

December 19, 2018

sometimes you just know

All of my parent's high school years (1941–45) occurred during World War II. My dad, pictured left, had an older brother who was a flight navigator in the war. One day my dad and his classmates were sitting in class when they heard the roar of oncoming planes. As they grew closer, my father jumped up and ran to the windows to watch them pass over. His teacher repeatedly ordered him to sit down until he finally turned to her and said "that's my brother flying over, I will not sit down!" This happened in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. My uncle confirmed that it was indeed him that purposefully flew over the school, pictured above. I love this story.

December 17, 2018

Hot Bulb

Years ago, my family and I made up a game called Hot Bulb
(based on Hot Potato) for my mom's last Christmas. Play this and
I guarantee it'll make your Christmas more memorable and fun.

Here's how to play:
1. The dj plays music with his/her back to everyone.
2. The "hot bulb" (a ball or crinkled-up wrapping paper)
is tossed around randomly. Giggling ensues.
3. The dj (with back to everyone) stops the music.
4. Whoever is holding the "hot bulb" when the music stops,
tells a Christmas memory. Try it, you'll like it.

December 15, 2018


Check out this intriguing and somewhat sad video of a photo series.
The pics were inspired by a book of matches from the 1960s.

December 9, 2018

1965 Wurlitzer jukebox

Thanks to one cool hombre, a 1965 jukebox has been lovingly restored and has come back to life to continue to blast out grooviness.

December 2, 2018

Martha and the Vandellas

A great find for me is a live tv performance that I didn't see the first time around. Often, groups/singers lip-synched or lip-synched to a live recording. If you dig Motown/Soul, you're going to love this 1966 performance. There's even a Hammond and a Leslie speaker.

November 24, 2018

Dolly want a cracker?

What do you mean the 70s were tacky at times? I'm not seeing it.

November 17, 2018

Mean Woman Blues

In the 1957 film Loving You, a hideous creep gets what he asks for. Right on Elvis. I mean, violence is never the answer. A packed juke joint and the jukebox isn't even playing? What's wrong with these people? If you can listen to Roy Orbison's 1963 version and not move your body, you might be dead inside. You may want to check on that. Just sayin'.

Mean Woman Blues, Roy Orbison, 1963

November 10, 2018


I think this glam band was inspired by Mrs. Brady. That's Sweet.

October 27, 2018

please don't kill me

Trick or treat yourself to a good ole scary movie. Happy Halloween!

October 20, 2018

Take a left

Gladys Knight and the Pips entertain the housewives making dinner LIVE on The Mike Douglas Show in 1968. Below, is Marvin Gaye's superb version of The End of Our Road as well. Soul at its finest.

ROCK HISTORY GEEK TIDBIT: When Casey Kasem's syndicated radio show American Top 40 premiered during the weekend of July 4, 1970, the first song to be played was Marvin's The End of Our Road because it was #40 on the list. The show started with song #40 and counted down.

October 13, 2018

let's twist

Just 2 presses on the jukebox starts a party. Get out the crab puffs.

September 26, 2018

Vintage Fiats

The highlight of a recent trip to Florence, Italy was bombing into the Tuscan countryside via a 1960s Fiat. For many a passersby, seeing a caravan of vintage cars and Vespas elicited constant waves and smiles. Arrivederci! VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

September 16, 2018

raise your hand...

...if you want to hear Tom Jones and Janis Joplin wail. My neck!

September 7, 2018

Beatle wigs

Thanks to WMBR's John Funke, I now know a 1964 Coaster's song about a guy in a Beatle wig. Because I need to sing along with it, I needed the lyrics. Since I couldn't find them on the net, I did it the old-fashioned way – by listening to the song 500 times. No need for the lyrics now. I know you're thanking me. How was this fun tune not a hit?!

Wild One, The Coasters, 1964

Because of Ringo's upcoming concert at the Boch Center/Wang Theatre, I've had Beatles on the brain. Check out Cher singing a Beatles novelty song about Ringo from 1964 as Bonnie Jo Mason.

Ringo, I Love You, Bonnie Jo Mason, 1964

Above is Cher's 1959 mugshot for driving without a license at 13.

September 1, 2018

George Harrison... his younger, Beatle-self sing This Boy. Neat-O.

August 19, 2018

Dave Mason and Steve Cropper

I was fortunate to see two legends at the lovely Cabot Theater Thursday night and it was a very memorable evening. It also happened to be the day that Aretha Franklin passed away. Singer Gretchen Rhodes belted out Chain of Fools in her honor and it was spectacular. If you have a penchant for this type of music, see this tour! Steve Cropper was the guitarist and prolific songwriter for Booker T and the MGs, Stax Records' house band. Besides his solo career, Dave Mason started out in the band Traffic along with Steve Winwood.

Steve Cropper interview, 1984
Booker T and the MGs, 1968
Only You Know and I Know, Dave Mason
We Just Disagree, Dave Mason
Feelin' Alright, 2018
Paper Sun, Traffic, 1967

August 10, 2018

The Spencer Davis Group...

...boogie down the river in 1966's The Ghost Goes Gear. GROOVY!

July 26, 2018

portable record player

I love everything about this, especially the song by Manfred Mann.

Other groups dug it too:
The Shapes on Beat-Club, 1966
The Everly Brothers, 1966
Rod Stewart, 1976
Elvis Costello and friends, late 80s

July 15, 2018

July 7, 2018

uh oh

Now you're gonna die wearing that stupid, little hat. Ay caramba.

July 1, 2018

Herb Alpert

Check out the interesting bio of Herb Alpert. It has a great ending.

June 23, 2018

Yowza, Yowza, Yowza

The Irish love American Soul, R&B and Motown, so it only seemed fitting to see musician, songwriter and producer extraordinaire Nile Rodgers in Cork, Ireland. Unfamiliar with Rodgers? No you're not.
Here are some of the artists and musical icons he's worked with:

Dance, Dance, Dance        • Le Freak        • Good Times
I Want Your Love        Everybody Dance
David Bowie        • Madonna        • Sister Sledge
The B-52s        • INXS        • Daft Punk

While visiting colorful Kinsale, we were drawn into a pub by the sounds of a fab duo singing everything from Irish folk songs to Johnny Cash. But best of all, they sang The Rattlin' Bog, a song I learned in the 4th grade along with The Erie Canal and Señor Don Gato and haven't heard since. Dontcha just love a good sing-along? Lalalalalaaaaaaaaa!

June 12, 2018

Kiki Dee

Discovering this song has led me to rediscover Kiki Dee. Maybe it's because I have the music in me, but it's made me so very happy. In 1965, she appeared in the film Dateline Diamonds with Small Faces.

Itchycoo Park, Small Faces, 1967
• singing backup for Dusty Springfield
• a duet with Elton John

If you have a thing for "originals" like I do, you'll appreciate hearing
Tami Lynn's 1965 recording of I'm Gonna Run Away From You:

June 2, 2018

get that thing away from me

Here's one for the kids. I think. This was a number 1 hit in 1950.
Beware on your beach walks. I hate when a song leaves you hanging.

The Thing, Phil Harris, 1950

May 26, 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you to all who serve and have served. Service dogs too!

May 19, 2018

hurry up summer

I eat up footage like this. Bumpy rides or what? If you enjoy viewing historical films, British Pathé is the best. FUN IN THE SUN.

Where may I find one of these? Want to go to the ski machine?

May 12, 2018


The Who rock out with their 1966 hit Substitute. Yeah baby.

April 21, 2018

Funky Chicken en masse

Rufus Thomas puts on a great show and the folks are groovin.

Can Your Monkey Do the Dog? Rufus Thomas, 1964

April 14, 2018

April 7, 2018

Studio Two

I grew up in a household with lots of music, singing and dancing and I've been a Beatles fan since I can remember. It must've been exciting to have seen them in person at The Cavern Club and smaller venues before they made it big. I got a taste of that last night when I saw Studio Two at The Center for Arts in Natick and it was scrumptious. These talented guys channeled The Beatles' early years fantastically and left me and the audience shoutin' for more. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

March 31, 2018

more cowbell

Sorry for the 19 messages I left, but we need to talk. Call me!

March 24, 2018

The Witch Queen of New Orleans

Redbone sing about Marie Laveau on Beat-Club in 1971.

Before they became Redbone, Pat and Lolly Vegas were in demand and had gigs all over the Hollywood scene in the mid-60s. Here they perform in the Oscar-winning It's a Bikini World. Is it though?

Sonny and Cher have a groovy night out at The Haunted House.