Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Buddy Cole - Poinciana
From the album "Swing Fever" (1960). Hammond Organ -- Buddy Cole; Bass -- Red Callender; Bongos -- Jack Costanzo; Guitar -- Vince Terry; Percussion -- Al Stoller, Lou Singer, Milt Holland
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Somers Point NJ
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Here come The Beatles February 1964
My favorite single of 1963 was Candy Girl b/w Marlena, by The Four Seasons. two sided hit bigger in Philly & Atlantic City than NYC. I had been impressed by some of the songs, vocal harmonies, on Surfer Girl album. I thought the Beach Boys & Seasons could cover each other's songs. My favorite LP of '63 was either a movie soundtrack or Stan Kenton's Adventures in Jazz." I was fond of Martha & the Vandellas.
Some kids in my high school detested The Beatles. There was a serious Fifties hangover teen culture in my h.s., plus leftovers of the folkie hootnanny, which continued to move songs into the top 40, neither of which I much appreciated. The Fifties influence had become parody. The Beatles broke over those like a tidal wave. That's why I liked The Beatles. As a little kid immersed in the malt shop world of Archie Comics & Ozzie & Harriet, I had envied teen culture of the mid-Fifties because it had Elvis, plus doo wop & Buddy Holly. Elvis was a transformer. I must confess to also liking Bob Denver's gentle teen beatnik Maynard G Krebs from Dobie Gillis. But Elvis meant almost nothing to us in 1964, beatniks were disappearing, there were vestiges of doo wop in the top 40 but lacking the purity & ethereal qualities of the music that had enchanted me in grammar school. Occasionally a decent song popped out an Elvis Movie. The Beatles were our Elvis. I recognized that much & embraced the change. Soon enough more music flowed from England, like The Animals' great "House of the Rising Sun." Had to put up with Gerry & Pacemakers & Freddy & The Dreamers & other forms of mindless profiteering inspired by The Beatles. Bobby Vee compared to Buddy Holly. The first Beatles LP I bought was the soundtrack to A Hard day's Night with the George Martin instrumentals.
The Beatles in California smoking pot with with who?
At the end of 1964, The Beatles released Beatles '65, an LP I loved, initiating a period of about two years when The Beatles recorded & released the finest series of now classic records ever from a band or artist, from "No Reply" & "I Feel Fine" to "Help!" & "Paperback Writer," "Drive My Car," "Rain," "And Your Bird Can Sing" all the way through Rubber Soul & Revolver. Beatles 65 made me a real fan \of the band. It was when rock & roll became rock. Even the lp cover pix were cool, with the umbrellas. The speed of The Beatles' musical evolution, while under the incredible pressure of needing to produce more "hits," touring, & making two movies, was proof of their genius. Because of The Beatles, The Four Seasons made better records, The Beach Boys made wonderful records. The Beatles inspired the creation of The Byrds, making folk music palatable & hip. & The Beatles turned Bob Dylan from a rock dabbler into the greatest white American rocker since Elvis. The Stones would be along as soon as they finished urinating on the gas station attendant, or so the story went. The Stones or maybe their fan club passed out buttons that said, "Let's Lock Loins." It became getting more & more difficult for the profiteers to keep a handle on the teenybopper market. Ultimately it lead to the The Monkees. & even they became too uppity. But that was a long way ahead.
At the end of August 1964 I missed my one chance to see The Beatles live. Wasn't a sure thing, but it was a chance. Another story.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Hip Valentine Old Maid
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Long Branch NJ
Friday, February 07, 2014
Fifty years ago today they landed in the U.S.A.
On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York's Kennedy Airport--and "Beatlemania" arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with "I Want to Hold Your Hand." At Kennedy, the "Fab Four"--dressed in mod suits and sporting their trademark pudding bowl haircuts--were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil.
Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular television variety show.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
When I dropped by large family backyard cookouts of these friends, I'd be introduced to about two dozen "cousins" ranging in age from infant to near-geezer. But among these cousins would usually befour or five or six very pretty but bored teenage girls, delighted to meet someone outside the family, even a rather ordinary-looking guy like myself.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
snow & cats
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Saturday, February 01, 2014
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