March 2, 2024

What's the password?

I cannot stop playing Wynder K. Frog's 1967 version of Green Door. It has now replaced my morning coffee. During prohibition, a restaurant with a green door was a speakeasy. The mo ya know.

Green Door, Wynder K. Frog, 1967

Green Door, Jim Lowe, 1956

February 17, 2024

February 9, 2024

60 years ago today...

...The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. When I think of the rock and roll history timeline, I think of it in terms of before and after The Beatles came to the United States in 1964. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

February 3, 2024

Where's my sparkle sweater?

It's February, freezing and Black History Month. So here's James.

January 20, 2024

February 9, 1964

While listening to 88 Rewound count down the hits of January 13, 1964 from Philly's WIBG in honor of The Beatles, I thought about people I know who were around then. My mom was home cleaning and ironing to the kitchen radio while her oldest 3 kids left for school – then errands with my 2-year-old sister while listening to the car radio. I was unfamiliar with many of the songs and skipped through some slow ones. A few weeks later, the Beatles would be known worldwide. Yippeee!
Below are a few pop songs from the January 1964 survey:

He Ain't No Angel, The Lovejoys, 1963
Ellie Greenwich, who wrote the song, is really singing.

Move It Baby, Simon Scott with The LeRoys, 1964

Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys, The Cookies, 1963

What do you remember about this historic happening? Discuss.

January 13, 2024

Exsqueeze me?

Squeeze is one of my favorite groups of all time. Have a listen:

Tempted, 1981
Take Me I'm Yours, 1978
Pulling Mussels (From a Shell), 1980
Cool For Cats, 1979
Up the Junction, 1979
Black Coffee In Bed, 1982
Is That Love?, 1981
Annie Get Your Gun, 1982
If I Didn't Love You, 1980

January 6, 2024

hey sexy

A snowstorm's a coming. Let's make some hot chocolate, baby.