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!

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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

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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 : 


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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