December 23, 2021

Mrs. Claus

Santa. Santa. Santa. What about the Mrs.? For instance, she loves to dance to soul music. Join her already and have a Happy Christmas!

Mama's Got a Bag of Her Own, Anna King, 1965

December 18, 2021

I won't let them stretch their necks... see my little black egg with the little white specks. Thanks to Lost and Found, I'm reminded of The Little Black Egg. I definitely would have bought this 45. The storyline is intriguing. A guy finds an egg and won't show it to anyone. At one point, Mary and Lee stop by. The end.

The Little Black Egg, The Nightcrawlers, 1965

December 11, 2021

'Tis the season...

...for lots of Christmas music to put you in the mood. Let it snow!

Think For Yourself

Do this, don't do that, be this way, don't be that way. Go along with the crowd or else... "Be yourself and make up your own mind about things" was the advice my parents gave me throughout my life. Follow your heart and do what you want to do, not what others want you to do. Below, is a deconstructed version of Think For Yourself. Rubber Soul was recorded in 1965 with a more introspective outlook and a different sound from their previous work. Yipppppppppeeeeeeeeeee!

Think For Yourself deconstructed, 1965

December 4, 2021

It's gettin' chilly

Now if I can just find my stash of winter neckwear I'll be all set.

November 28, 2021


Need a teeny car to go with your teeny house? Why not one of these?

November 20, 2021

Look Through Any Window

I'm not quite sure that if you went around looking in windows that you'd see smiling faces all around. More like people freaking out.
Aren't they encouraging peeping Tom-ism? I love the revolving stage.

November 13, 2021

The First Cut is the Deepest

What's better than discovering a "new" old song? Finding a video to go along with it. P.P. Arnold recorded the Cat Stevens song in 1967. I knew the 1976 Rod Stewart version first. With the multitude of fine hairdos that Rod has sported, I couldn't choose just one photograph.

The First Cut is the Deepest, Cat Stevens, 1967

November 6, 2021

Mr. Blue Sky

Don't you love whipping open the curtains to find a gorgeous blue sky?

October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. 👹

October 30, 2021

The Electric Company

As a grade-school kid in the 70s, I was the target audience for this program. I looooved this show and it helped me tremendously with reading and writing. The music and vernacular were very much of the time – groovy and funky. For me, Morgan Freeman the movie star will always be "the guy from The Electric Company." Right on.

October 16, 2021

Stevie Wonder

I need to hear Stevie Wonder this morning. Check out others who
dig him. Music is the universal language of mankind. – Longfellow

October 9, 2021


Beautiful, talented and funny. How do you not laugh at this scene?

October 2, 2021

I'm with them

I always had a feeling that Miss Jane had a savage side. Loud people
are usually all talk but it's the quiet ones who are the wild ones.

September 25, 2021

September 18, 2021

September 11, 2021


Going to the barbershop, gonna have him do me up, gonna get clean for my little buttercup. The Righteous Brothers perform Justine complete with go-go girls dancing The Monkey and the "James Brown." This high-energy tune was originally recorded in 1958 by Don and Dewey.

Justine, Don and Dewey, 1958

August 28, 2021

August 21, 2021

John Fogerty

I was a fortunate son last night to be able to see John Fogerty and his kids put on a blast of a show in Boston. One huge, sing-along fest.

August 14, 2021

school dances

As a teenager in the late 70s and early 80s, my school threw lots of dances and I attended most of them. After the 7th grade, we stopped having dances in the gym to preserve the floor. They were then held in the cafeteria and the resident deejay was Mr. Taylor, one of the teachers. Every time I hear Cars by Gary Numan, I remember how impressed I was that he played this cool, weird, new-wavish song at a dance in the fall of 1979. Satisfaction was always played even though it was 15-years-old. Stairway to Heaven was usually the last song.

August 7, 2021

July 31, 2021

Saturday morning dose of 1965

Maggie Thrett has got me goin' loopy with her groovy tune Soupy.

Soupy, 1965 (thanks Funky 16 Corners)

July 25, 2021

Staying cool?

Get outside, splash around or grab some grub and have a picnic.

July 10, 2021

I wanna go home

Do you feel like Earth isn't your true home? That's because it isn't.

July 3, 2021

beat school

Where are my sunglasses and cigarettes? It's time for writing class.

June 26, 2021

Martha and Dusty

In 1965, several Motown groups appeared on Ready Steady Go along with host Dusty Springfield. Martha and the Vandellas join Dusty for a fabulous version of Wishin' and Hopin' – the original Salt-N-Pepa

In this clip, Dusty is backed up by Motown greats. What a show. 😃

June 19, 2021

Tico rocks!

Tico kind of sings along to Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes.

June 12, 2021

I Dig Everything

Check out this early tune by David Bowie. Can you dig it? I dig it.

I Dig Everything, David Bowie, 1966

June 5, 2021

fuzz and twang

Billy Strange, guitarist/songwriter and member of The Wrecking Crew performs Satisfaction. Strange's guitar is heard on a ton of hits but my favorite is his rockin', surf sound from The Munsters (1964).

May 29, 2021

Welcome summer!

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember what it's all about.

May 23, 2021


How have I never heard of this beast from England? As a kid I would dream of taking a rollercoaster places instead of a bus or train. This is what it would've been like. 😜 Coooooool! Whoooooooooaaaaahhh!

May 9, 2021

May 2, 2021

Dancing Machine

Brown + Orange = Brorange, the official color of the 1970s.

April 25, 2021

It's Madison time

Two regulars from Baltimore's teen dance program The Buddy Deane Show (1957-64) demonstrate The Madison in 1959. This program was the basis for The Corny Collins Show in Hairspray.

April 17, 2021

Can you dig it?

Who's the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about?

April 4, 2021

Happy Easter

Heavenly souls, go in peace to love and serve the Lord. No, really.

March 28, 2021

yeah yeah

Check out this groovy rendition of The Monkey's Uncle originally recorded by The Beach Boys and Annette Funicello from 1965.

March 21, 2021

To Sit On a Sandwich

What do you mean you think the 1960s were weird? Hold the mayo.

March 14, 2021

burrrrr, I'm cold

The Doors perform their first #1 hit Light My Fire on a beach in Malibu from 1967 during Morrison's pre-smelly-leather-pants era.

March 7, 2021

One ticket to ride... Nocovidtown, please. Live at Shea with actual audio from 1965.

February 27, 2021

Got My Mojo Working

Muddy Waters performs live on Canadian TV. At Newport in 1960.

February 20, 2021

February 13, 2021

Chicago Transit Authority...

...before they shortened their name. Where's my cowbell damn it?

February 6, 2021

Smackwater Jack

Here is a terrific live performance. Tapestry was released in 1971.