|It really was like this!|
I am experiencing a strange kind of writers's block. My next post was going to be about famous sci-fi movies behind the scenes. I don't know, maybe I have been struck by a ray from Mars. In any case, I've been in the mood for nostalgia, not movie nostalgia, but teenage music memories. With some of them I actually wasn't yet a teenager at all, just a little girl, but they were famous and I heard them a lot then. So, just for fun, here are a few that made my heart go pitter-pat, made me cry litttle teen tears, or just made me want to dance.
Gene Pitney -- I had forgotten what a darling he was, with a fabulous voice. He's singing my favorite of his songs on a British American Bandstand-type TV show. He is obviously lip-synching, as they usually did then, but it's the best version anyway.
The Dave Clark 5 -- I was madly in love with Mike, the lead singer/keyboard player. Now I remember why!
The Animals -- Eric Burdon was a small guy but powerful, and seemed a little dangerous. This one was not liked by parents, including mine! I, of course, loved it!
The next two songs are...well...let's just say that after the feminist movement came along, you will never hear their like again.
Shelley Fabares -- Those of you who remember the Donna Reed show will get a kick out of seeing this clip from the show where Shelley sings "Johnny Angel". You will see Donna, and a young James Stacey, before his terrible accident when he lost an arm and leg.
Joannie Sommers -- There were a lot of Johnny's in those days. This is another one for which I will be chastised by women a lot younger than me. Hey, I was just a kid in a different time. I thought it was so romantic!
John Gary -- this last number is not by a teenage heart-throb, but a very popular singer whose career was cut short by the rock music invasion. Bell-like tenor voice, just a lovely man with an incredible talent.
Had to add one more -- this is for you, FlickChick! Darlin' Bobby Darin!
Hope you enjoyed this trip backward in time with me.