Backyard Music 65′

1961 Gibson SG

Back in 1965 I walked around the block from my house to my friend’s home who was the lead guitar player of our band we started in 64′ and he was in the backyard with a guy I met who was in his brothers band at the time and he came from Texas and man could he play the guitar! he played what is known as “travis picking” he was fast and knew a lot of songs anyway, I brought my guitar along as me and my friend would always practice, so I’m sitting there as he’s picking tunes out on my friends guitar a 61′ Gibson SG Solid body a Beauty! Anyway as he’s playing I had my guitar on my lap and he says try playing along so I’m like are you kidding!

I knew a number of chords at the time so I played along as he called out the chords, about 4 or 5 and it was was fun and we had a great time, little did we know it then but over the next few years he joined a group called “Dr Hook” and played lead gutiar and they had a few songs on the charts one was ” Sylvia’s Mother” and one of the guys in the the group came from the city we lived in at the time.

So I can say I once played along with a guy who was on a record lable and had hits on the charts, they were together a number of years after then I guess they just went thei own way.. Yes I had a great time back then in the backyard playing along with a great guitar player from Texas!

New Songs Added

Dancing to the hits

Hi, I added 5 new songs to the Jukbox today “Since I fell for you” by: Lenny Welch, “Up on the Roof” and “Save the last dance for me” by: The Drifters, “She’s a fool” by: Lesley Gore, and “To Sir with Love” by’: Lulu

Happy Birthday George Harrison

George Harrison

Today is George Harrison’s 76th Birthday! He was born in Wavetree, area of Liverpool in 1943 he grew up in pubic housing, and had 2 brothers and named, Harold and Peter and one sister named Louise.

George grew an interest in music at a very early age mostly by listening to his father’s record collection which included many American country music artists, he got his first guitar when his Mother brought him one at age 13. And after trying it out he couldn’t get a handle on chords and the threw it in the closet, and even tried to learn the trumpet, without any success.

One day his brother fixed his guitar and then he learned a number of chords nad listened to records and artists like, Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, and Eddie Cochran. Later on he formed a band named, The Rebels and soon met Paul McCartney who attended the Liverpool Institute as George attened at the time,and McCartney asked Harrison to sit in with his band that the John Lennon formed called the Quarrymen.

But george was too young and John asked him to join when he was age 16 years old. In 1960 the Quarrymen band was changed to the Beatles. He was lead guitar in the group and man he could play his that Gretsch guitar like no one else a great guitarist!

He wrote some of the best music in the group such as: Something, Here comes the sun, Taxman and much more and he had a great career as a solo artist in the later years. His absence is still felt today. Happy Birthday George! Thanks for the Memories!

Illustration licensed by:

(c) Can Stock Photo / vector_brothers

Memories of Kevin!

This is a true story that’s bitter-sweet for me from the 1950’s through the 1960’s It’s about a childhood friend who passed away in 1966 in an auto accident, he was only 19 when it happened but my story starts from the 1950s, he lived a couple of houses from me and he would hang out with us and in the summer and we played a lot of baseball across the street at the monerstary grounds.

Kevin was his name and he had red hair and freakles and he was the one kid on the block who seemed to have all the bats, baseballs, beause most of us had only one bat between us and I didn’t have a glove that was left handed, so I always had to use one of their gloves I was the only left handed kid of the boys.

So we would choose up sides and play baseball but if Kevin didn’t like being wrong on anything and then he would take all the balls and bats, and storm off and go home and the game was over! This was normal for us “here he goes again”! Then we would find a way to play a new game. There was a couple of summers we would play our “world series” game and his Grandfather who lived with him would be the coach, it was played like a real game 9 innings and 3 outs, like real baseball but not a full lineup!

I don’t remember who won the games but it was fun to just play in it and Kevin brought all his equipment with him! And we were like hope he doesn’t get mad and leave! But he ever did most likey because his Grandfather was there. Over the years we moved on and I only saw him at the dances we played at as a band in the 60’s, he was in high school then and would come with a few other kids, and I think a girlfriend, we would say a quick hello untill the next time.

Kevin had this great car that he fixed up a real cool looking car and the last time I saw him I was walking down to the poolroom that me and my friends used to hang out in the 1960s and it’s weird, but as I was walking across the street I noticed him waiting for the light to change he was the first car, I was about to say hello but the light changed and he took off and I just went my way, and in the morning my father said to me “Your friend was killed last night in an accident” I read the headline I coulnd’t believe it!

Every once in awhile I think back and remember Kevin and think how sad because he was a bright kid and who knows what he could have been if he lived we’ll never know. I wanted to share this with you because Kevin never got the chance to look back, so whatever decade your favorite memories are from as a kid, cherish them all.

Beatlemania!

The Beatles

It’s February 7th 1964 and arriving at Idewild Airport in New York City are 4 young moptops who called themselves, The Beatles! with a new sound. 

 Waiting for them were over 3000 thousand screaming fans as they stepped off the plane! Then they went right to a mass of reporters with many questions to ask.

They were set to perform in 2 days on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City with a screaming kids and a TV performance before a that numbered 73 million viewers! I was one of the 73 million who watched them and it was so exciting and they had like 6 singles in the top 10 list that I remember!

Yes John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, woke up the music world and changed it all and, many kids soon went out to buy guitars and take lessons because of them I already had one as I was in our band playing at dances and backyard parties and we did get to learn a couple of Beatles tunes the best we could.

Yeah it was a great time to see it all happen in 1964 and I brought every album at the time one I still have is the help album from 1965 and I still follow them today and always will!

And it’s just been announced that a new firm project in the works between the Beatles and Sir Peter Jackson involving over 55 hours of never-released footage of the Beatles in the studio in 1969 that produced the Let It Be that was released in May 1970

illustration licensed by:

(c) Can Stock Photo / rockindaddy

New Music Added!

Dancing to the hits

Hi! I added the following songs to the jukebox, The Loco-Motion by: Little Eva, Breaking up is hard to do, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Calendar Girl, Oh! Carol by: Neil Sedaka, Chances are, It’s not for me to say, by: Johnny Mathis!

1960’s Dance Crazes

The Twist

This was fun to do in the 1960s, it was a new dance craze that caught on like fire! I remember it well I never did learn how to do it but a few friends I knew could work it.

It was a great time fot dance crazes There was the Pony dance and others I will post later on when I come back as this is a test entry again to try out this new editor.


test posting

This is me when I was a kid at 10 years old not, really but it is very close I had redish hair with freckles and on summer days I wore polo shirts like this and had a blast as a kid.  You can view more about my photo on the button link below.

I don’t have any other photos of me as a kid only one I have posted with my cousin, and a friend and me on the porch in 1957..

My sister took the photo after coming back from the candy store around the block from my house, I’m the one eating the Italian Ice on top left : 


Christmas 1960’s

https://www.canstockphoto.com

Family Picnics!

barbecue bbq beef charcoal

Photo by Francesco Paggiaro on Pexels.com

Beginning in 1959 my parents and my sisters, brother, and I went on our first family picnic to Interstate Park in New Jersey. It was followed by many more including my Grandmother, all my Aunts and my Uncles at the time, and two of my oldest sisters were married so with my brother-in-law it was a great big summer day filled with lots to do!

We would all gather and meet there early as possible, to get a good table close to the bathroom area! We set up the tables with goodies that were prepared on the day before someone would make the potato salad, another would make the corn on the cob and so on, there was a boat dock right there you could go fishing if you wanted, and there was a great trail to hike on that went on it seemed forever up the palisades!

Then we take turns playing football, or tossing a baseball, the kids would fill up their water pistols, including the grownup kids! We would also go there on the 4th of July in the 1960’s over the years, It made for some great memories.