Lets Do The Twist!

The Twist


Back in the 1950s and 1960s there were some great songs and some had a dance that went hand in hand with the song, like the Twist! It became very popular in the 1960’s on a show that was hosted by a DJ named Buddy Dean in Baltimore.

The song was recommended to Dick Clark for American Bandstand, Dick Clark searched for a local talent to record it, and chose Chubby Checker for it. In 1960 he performed it Wildwood N.J And in August he preformed it on American Bandstand, and the song became a national hit sensation! And it was so popular that in 1961 and 1962 those in high society were also up and twisting the night away!

And in New York city there was a nightclub named “The peppermint Lounge” that featured Joey Dee and the Starliters, and soon they had a hit song named, The Peppermint Twist! And a number of other music stars also recorded songs that had the twist in them.

It’s funny but my friend and I were 18 years old at the time and lived about 10 minutes from the city, so we said lets go over the city to the peppermint lounge because we thought that would be so cool, so we went on a summer day walked in and ordered 2 beers, that we drank and then walked out!  Yeah a couple of cool Jerks! lol
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Retro School Days

pexels-photo-261719.jpeg If you ever saw the movie “A Christmas Story” the school classroom always reminds me of the school’s I attended in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

In the mornings we all would say the of pledge of allegiance, than sing my Country ‘Tis of Thee, than class would begin as always.

The classroom had that big blackboard with the chalk and erasers that two kids always had to take outside at the end of the day about, 2:45pm, and bang the erasers against the building and out came the chalk dust! And in the afternoon the class would go outside in the school yard and play a game of dodge ball! It was reading, writing, and arithmetic, spelling, geography, science, and then some.

And about 1954 schools began using ink pens with the inkwell, and every student wrote in cursive writing! which a number of schools canceled out over the last few years, but some are bringing it back. It’s a great way to write a letter and should you need to sign your name to a document that’s the way to do it. You never think at the time that you might miss those school days, it’s not later in life that you reflect back on how it was.

Family Gathering!

Family together

Family Gathering!

My Sister and I were reminiscing about how our family’s all lived in the same town in the 50’s and 60’s, it was so easy to visit each other as we all lived no more than 10 to 15 blocks from each other, and we were also recalling that mostly in the 60’s, my Sisters and Brother and all the kids would come on Sundays, a couple of times a month to visit and gather and chat to catch up on things and to have diner.

At first the Parents would have coffee, tea, and usually pasties fresh from the bakery, the kids would be coming in and out from the backyard either to get a drink or snack or go watch a little TV then back out to play. We would gather around the dining room about 3:00 in the afternoon in those days and I think some of us still do!

Then later on as the day wore on there were more snacks, then one by one everyone left for home. Over the years most of the family moved to different towns, some close by and others further away. So we wanted to share this great memory, of a time in the 50’s and 60’s of when our family’s all lived and gathered in the town we lived in.

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1960’s karaoke!

51 Chevy

1951 Chevy

When I see the late late show at times with James Corden and his guests, It reminded me how, that’s what we did in the mid-Sixties in this model car my wonderful 1951 Green Chevy with a AM radio and it drove like a tank! lol

I would drive around with my few friends bring one of us would bring a guitar, and we would just sing whatever songs were out at the time and very loud at times and people in passing cars thought we were weird, they laughhed at us, but we thought we were sounded good saying, they don’t know good music! when they hear it! lol

We would ride around town in the cold winter or those warm summer evenings like that without a care in the world! So the late late show host has a great guest lineup for his karaoke Car segments, and I had great friends in mine, and it doesn’t get any better then that!

Fabulous Times?

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The Fabulous 1950’s

There are those who may think what was so good about the 1950’s and 60’s there was a lot of problems that’s for sure, but if you were there and lived it you would see the difference I see today, it was a time that you didn’t see the big picture because as a kid you couldn’t how could you?

That for the Adults to figure out not us kids, but it seems to me that growing up as a pre-teen in the 1950’s and as a young teen in the 1960’s there was a change you didn’t see coming! it seemed that kids grew up faster at that time beginning in 1963 with the passing of President Kennedy.

I remember it well where I was and what I was doing, It all seemed to end on that day and as the  1960’s moved on it just got that much worst! So anyone who was there has their own memories from that time period, and a different point of opinion I’m sure.

Was the 1950’s so Fabulous? and the 1960’s so groovy? You had to be there are the only words I can say. To me being kid in the 50’s was a fabulous time hands down! and though the music really was groovy, the 1960’s fell apart after 1963 in my view.

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Let me introduce to you!

clipart-music-notes-music-notes-clipart-6Yes 1967 was the beginning in a new way of recording music albums that began with the Beatles Sgt. Pepper;s Lonely Hearts Club Band!  Released on 26 May 1967 in the United Kingdom and 2 June 1967 in the United States, it was an immediate commercial and critical success.

Spending 27 weeks at the top of the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. It began with  an  idea of Paul McCartney in 1967. I liked the way some of the songs floated into one another great music all around.

The Summer of Love!

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Haight and Ashbury

1967 was a year of change and the time of the Summer of Love! And it was where a 100,000 young people gathered in San Francisco’s Haight Ashburny neighborhood .

It was the place most know for the hippie generation and Flower Children I wasn’t a hippie but I think a lot of us teens at the time understood their movement all they wanted was peace and love, they were talking about our generation at the time.

1960’s Events

The Sixties”, as they are known in both scholarship and popular culture, is a term used by historians, journalists, and other objective academics

in some cases nostalgically to describe the counterculture and revolution in social norms about clothing, music, drugs, dress, sexuality, formalities, schooling.

And in others pejoratively to denounce the decade as one of irresponsible excess, flamboyance, and decay of social order. The decade was also labeled the Swinging Sixties because of the fall or relaxation of social taboos especially relating to racism and sexism that occurred during this time.

Commentator Christopher Booker described this era as a classical Jungian nightmare cycle, where a rigid culture, unable to contain the demands for greater individual freedom, broke free of the social constraints of the previous age through extreme deviation from the norm. He charts the rise, success, fall/nightmare and explosion in the London scene of the 1960s. Several Western nations such as the United States, United Kingdom, France, and West Germany turned to the political left in the early and mid-1960s.

1960 – United States presidential election, 1960 – The very close campaign was the series of four Kennedy–Nixon debates; they were the first presidential debates held on television. Kennedy won a close election.

1961 – President John F. Kennedy promised some more aggressive confrontation with the Soviet Union; he also established the Peace Corps.

1963 – Civil rights becomes a central issue, as the Birmingham campaign and Birmingham riot lead to President Kennedy’s Civil Rights AddressMartin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington, and the

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing1963 – Kennedy was assassinated and replaced by Vice President Lyndon Johnson. The nation was in shock. For the next half-century, conspiracy theorists concocted numerous alternative explanations to the official report that a lone gunman killed Kennedy.

1964 – Johnson pressed for civil rights legislation. Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This landmark piece of legislation in the United States outlawed racial segregation in schools, public places, and employment. The first black riots erupt in major cities.

1964 – Johnson was reelected over Conservative spokesman Senator Barry Goldwater by wide landslide; Liberals gained full control of Congress.

1964 – Wilderness Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on 3 September.

1965 – After the events of the Selma to Montgomery marches the National Voting Rights Act of 1965 was lobbied for, and then signed into law, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Voting Rights Act outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had caused the widespread disenfranchisement of African-Americans in the United States.

1968 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon was elected defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey in November.

1969 – U.S. President Richard Nixon was inaugurated in January 1969; promised “peace with honor” to end the Vietnam War .  Credit-wikipedia.org

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