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.


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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 : 


Retro Dance

Rock and Roll

Rock Around The Clock!

Sock hops were held as early as 1944 by the American Junior Red Cross to raise funds during World War II. They then became a fad among American teenagers in 1948. Sock hops were commonly held at high schools and other educational institutions, often in the school gym or cafeteria. The term came about because dancers were required to remove their hard-soled shoes to protect the varnished floor of the gymnasium. The music at a sock hop was usually played from vinyl records, sometimes presented by a disc jockey. Occasionally there were also live bands.

In later years, “hops” became strongly associated with the 1950s and early rock and roll. Danny and the Juniors sang “At the Hop” in 1957, which named many popular dances and otherwise documented what happened at a hop. In subsequent decades, with the widespread popularity of sneakers and other types of indoors-only shoes, the practice of removing shoes was dropped. The term then came to be applied more generally to any informal dance for teenagers.

As the pop music market exploded in the late 1950s successive dance fads were commercialized and exploited. From the 1950s to the 1970s new dance fads appeared almost every week. Many were popularized (or commercialized versions of new styles or steps created by African-American dancers who frequented the clubs and discotheques in major U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Detroit.

Among these were the Madison, “The Swim”, the “Mashed Potato”, “The Twist”, “The Frug” (pronounced ‘froog’),”The Watusi”,”The Shake” and “The Hitchhike”.Following the Foxtrot,’60s dance crazes had animal names, including “The Pony”, “The Dog” and “The Chicken” (not to be confused with the later Chicken Dance.

Songs such as “The Loco-Motion” were specifically written with the intention of creating a new dance and many more pop hits, such as “Mash Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp, were written to exploit recent successful novelties.

The Watusi, as advertised in a bar window.

The Watusi  is a solo dance that enjoyed brief popularity during the early 1960s. It was one of the most popular dance crazes of the 1960s in the United States. “Watusi” is a former name for the Tursi people of Africa, whose traditions include spectacular dances.

The Pony was a dance made popular in the 1960s by the  Chubby Checker song “Pony Time”. The beat is 1&2, 3&4, etc. In the dance the feet are kept comfortably together, while various arm and hand motions are possible. Movement around the dance floor may occur, but there is no line-of-dance. Couples, who generally face each other, do not touch and turns and chase positions are possible.

The Twist

Twisting

 

Lets Do The Twist!

The Twist

Twisting

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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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!

The Milkman

Milkman

Milkman

When I was 14 years old,I got a part-time job working for the milkman in the city I lived. My family knew him well and my older Brother worked for him in the early 1950’s, so I asked him if I could work there, he said yes but it’s early in the morning so I had to be at his home at 5:30 am!

The milk route took about 2 hours, then I went to school after that, It was one of those milk trucks that the milkman would always stand while driving because he was always in and out and I was doing the same.

I worked 5 days a week delivering, and on Saturday we would go to the customers homes for collections. I got 2.00 a week from the milkman and about $2.00 to $3.00 in tips, then I would give my Mother half of what I made and kept half for myself, I worked with the milkman a couple of months.

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Yea Yea Yea!

20180307_160050 I was thinking back to when I first read about the Beatles, I was reading a story about them in an issue of time magazine while having lunch in my classroom in mid -1963. I remember showing my friend the photo of these guys from England with long hair! At least it was the longest hair that most people saw then and how they wore it, little did I know what effect they would have on me and a whole bunch of other kids!

It was Beatlemania in its infany and I was soon caught up in it. It was like 6 songs in the top 10 charts at once! I was a big fan of Elvis in the 50’s and always wanted to learn and play a guitar one day and so I did because of talented people like this.

This photo is from the original Help album I still have and plays fine!

Rack them up!

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In the mid 60’s my friends and I used to go to the bowling ally  in the town we lived and they had a pool room in the same building and we’ll go there most of the time to play and hang out.

We went there about 2 years or so and they had a food counter and a jukebox with the latest music at the time I can still hear Frankie Vallie and the 4 Seasons records,  And at times we would go outside and just sing some tunes or as my friend would say, lets blow some tunes out! And that’s just what we did and had some great times there.

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!

Hippies 60's

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.
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