December 31, 2022
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Every Christmas as a teenager, my mom would ask me for a list of 6 albums that I wanted. I would giggle at the thought of her in line with my selections. One of the Christmas commercials that aired in 1982 was for K-tel's "The Beat." I wanted it. I gave my mom the address to send for it and she came through. I still have it. I'm too lazy to make a new Christmas mix so here are some old ones. Enjoy the season!
Click on the album to make it big. Some of the groups on the record:
Go-Gos • Split Enz • Waitresses • Depeche Mode • Duran Duran
Kim Wilde • Bow Wow Wow • Haircut 100 • A Flock of Seagulls
December 10, 2022
I love backup singing in the 1960s. Here are 2 songs I've fallen in love with that have groovy backup singing and they're both about pushing:
Push a Little Harder, The Avons, 1963
The timpani and the "space organ" crack me up.
Push a Little Harder, The Enjoyables, 1964
How do you not enjoy a song by a group called The Enjoyables?
Beautiful harmonies in the style of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. Keep On Pushing and since we're pushin' it...
November 26, 2022
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October 15, 2022
I cut back on reading biographies and autobiographies. I didn't like the ugly things I was learning. So many of our beloved artists were abused, ripped off and discarded. I have yet to learn much about Mr. Lymon because it didn't end well. I prefer to think of him as an incredible performer who contributed greatly to the world. He was only 14 in the above clip while singing the decades-old standard Goody Goody.
Goody Goody, Frankie Lymon (without The Teenagers), 1957
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Nana Mouskouri followed by Connie Francis in English, 1961
Now that we're on the Greek thing, have a dance with Zorba!
Zorba's Dance, Mikis Theodorakis, 1964
July 29, 2022
We really can handle anything that life throws at us. The roof of the condo building I've lived in for almost 20 years went up in flames a few nights ago displacing us for a year. I'm now forced to figure out what comes next, but that's life. Always remember this: things don't happen to you, they happen for you. Enjoy the rest of summer and stay cool.
That's Life (That's Tough), Gabriel and the Angels, 1962
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June 25, 2022
Stood Up, Ricky Nelson, 1957
Jim Messina and the Jesters in Teen Band Play-a-thon at P.O.P.
My friend Glenn and sister Janet groovin' and enjoying the show.
June 11, 2022
My friend Glenn was in the 5th grade when The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Like many kids then, his world changed after that broadcast. He bought a cheap organ, then eventually bought a Hammond organ, then started singing in a band at 16 in 1969. The name of it was "The Sidewalk Society." How 1969 was that? 😆 We finally saw Sir Paul in person. Click on pic to make it big.
Glenn still has his Beatles scrapbook and Beatles bubble-gum cards.
Here are school pictures of Glenn in the 1960s during Beatlemania.
Above, Glenn and the crowd sing along with Paul and his band.
They performed my favorite Wings tunes from my grade-school years:
Jet, Wings, 1973
Listen To What the Man Said, Wings, 1975
Let 'Em In, Wings, 1976