Dec 12, 2010

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin used to have his own variety show back in the 1960s and early 1970s.  During one of his Christmas shows, Dean and Frank sing Dean's classic Christmas Hit, "The Marshmallow World Song"  It has a catchy tune to it.  Here is the video I found.

Christmas with Dean & Frank

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Nov 18, 2010

The Turkey Song By Adam Sandler

Since Thanksgiving is approaching, I wanted to add a little cheer for you. As a long-time fan of SNL through the decades, I remember a song that Adam Sandler did in the 1990's to commence the holiday.  Take a listen.

It's presented in a slide show 

Nov 10, 2010

NBC Peacock

When the first color TV sets were invented for consumers in 1957, NBC created the colorful peacock to air before a program was featured in living color. It was great to see all the pretty colors on the peacock.

This video shows the original 1957 NBC Peacock.

This is what I remember in 1966, when we bought our first color TV.

Oct 30, 2010

Chiller Theater


Remember when we were kids, we used to watch Chiller Theater on weekend afternoons?
They would show a classic monster movies like Tarantula, The Crawling Eye, The Manster, The Cyclops and the like. John ZACHERLEY, the cool ghoul used to host the show.

Here is a clip of the opening of Chiller Theater of the 1960s.

Here is a clip of the opening of Chiller Theater in color from the 1970s.

This is a real treat to watch.

Oct 24, 2010

The Monster Mash

Today's topic is the legendary Boris Karloff who was famous for his Frankentein roll in the 1930s. Here is Boris singing the Monster Mash song on a program called Shindig in 1965. The song was originally sung by Bobby (Boris) Picked in the early 1960s and is still popular today at Halloween.

Interview with Boris Karloff's daughter, Sara at Monsterpaluzza in 2009.



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Oct 4, 2010

The Addams Family

Since it is Halloween month, I will be posting some eerie, spooky, funny stuff.
Today, I'm remembering the Addams Family TV show from the 1960s. This was always a favorite of mine back then. The characters were; Gomez the cigar smoking father, Morticia the mom in an octopus type dress, Uncle Fester and his light bulb, son Pugsle and daughter Wednesday with her voodoo doll, Grand mama and her wild hair, cousin It who was covered in hair from head to foot wearing only sunglasses, Thing the hand who lived in a box would hand over the mail or the phone, and lastly, Lurch, the zombie like butler who would welcome guests.

Here is the original opening of the show 1964.

Here is in interview with John Aston and other living cast members.

Here is a oldie but goodie; Ted Cassidy (Lurch) singing and dancing to his hit record "The Lurch" on Shivaree TV show. I don't remember this song playing on the radio though.

Sep 9, 2010

Cigarette Commercials

Before cigarettes were found to be linked to cancer, cigarette commercials were very common in the 1940s thru 1970s. Even children were allowed to see these commercials. I remember buying cartons of cigarettes as gifts for relatives, thinking I wasn't doing them harm. Even I smoked for a short time. You could easily buy them in the cigarette machines they had by the gumball machines. The networks would even use cartoons and celebrities to promote their brand of cigarettes. There were even a few ones advertising doctors smoking their favorite brand, Camel. I had to laugh at that one.

Here is one of the Flinstones advertising Winston Cigarettes.

Here is a rare commercial of The Beatles in a cigarette ad

This one is a riot. Imagine Doctors endorsing cigarettes. This was true.

Jul 29, 2010

Vintage Toys - 1960s

Remember when Mr. Potato Head came with a real potato in the box? When slinky was made of metal and not plastic?
We had metal roller skates that stretched long or short to fit any shoe size and needed a key to tighten the size. Peddle firetrucks and cars that you sat in and peddled to make them move. Good workout for us kids. We had toy guns that were made to look real on purpose. Hardly any toy needed batteries. Chatty Cathy was the first talking doll in 1961. Thumbalina was the first baby doll that actually moved while you held her. Tinker Toys and Erector sets were popular. So were Tiddly Winks, Jacks and Pick-up Sticks that would pass the time.
Here is a look at some of the toys from the 1960s

This video is of the first Slinky commercial.

Take a look at the Mr. Potato Head commercial.

Here is the first Ken Doll commercial.

Jun 15, 2010

Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast TV Show

The funniest Celebrity Roast of the 1970s was the Dean Martin Roast. Every week Dean Martin would choose a celebrity or politician to be the center of the roast. Invited guests of famous people who were friends or familiar with the person being roasted, would make fun of the person being roasted and when they all had a turn the Roastee would give a speech and would get even with some of them. It was all in fun!

Here is a brief video of comedian Red Buttons and actor Orsen Wells roasting crooner Frank Sinatra.

My Recommendations:

Greg Garrison Presents The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts:Man of the Hour: Frank Sinatra

The Best Of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

Jun 5, 2010

The Shindig TV Show in the 1960s

A show called Shindig rocked the world in the 1960s featuring the greatest rock bands, soul singers, female singers and celebrities of that decade.Most have become legends; Including such groups as The Rolling Stones,The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Who, etc. The list goes on and on. The show was hosted by Jimmy O'Neil and included Go Go dancers and a young Bobby Sherman before he became a teen idol in 1970.

Here is a video of the promotion for Shindig on American Television in 1964.

The Beatles on Shindig

This is a rare footage of the Beatles singing "Kansas City", "I'm a Loser" and "Boys" on Shindig which aired on October 7, 1964. The picture is a little grainy but the sound is good. Enjoy the video!


May 24, 2010

Drive-In Movies

Remembering the good old days of Drive-In movies as a child and teenager. I had a Drive-In Theater a few blocks from my house. . I liked the thrill of watching the movie from inside of your car with the windows open and smelling the night air. The only drawback were those speakers that you had to attach to your driver-side window. They weren't very clear and you hoped that you didn't pull up to a parking spot with a speaker that didn't work. Trying to find a parking spot was like finding one at a shopping center. The closer the better. Here is a little film of what it was like from most of us boomers.

The Drive-In Movie Theater Yesterday and Today.

Here is clip of the Snack Bar Ads before the movie and at intermission.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoyed these videos.

May 5, 2010

Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra was always a favorite of mine.  I liked her effortless singing voice.. I remember liking the hit song "These Boots Are Made For Walking" in 1966. I still like the song 'til this day. Well here is a video of one of her performances on TV.

Go Go Boots

A little trivia: Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 hit song, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin,’” helped further popularize go-go boots, and by the end of the 1960s, they were a commonplace wardrobe staple, worn day or night. Their popularity continued into the 1970s.

I remember when I was in 6th grade having a pair of white GoGo boots, which was the fad in the mid-60s. Most of the girls in my class wore them with the fishnet stockings.

Here's Nancy Sinatra singing "boots" on her tour in 2005.