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Back in the Day

My apologies in advance. Yes, I know, sappy sentimental stuff and juvenile humor.  Something for everyone?

"Meet Me On the Dance Floor", Debby Boone, 1979

"Taking Care of Business", Bachman Turner Overdrive, 1974.  Another "Then and Now" pair of live performances...

1973, "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", Elton John

1965, "Unchained Melody", The Righteous Brothers 

From the sublime to the ridiculous...  Tom Jones, 1965, "It's Not Unusual".  Of course this is the "Carlton" dance from the television show, "Dancing with the Stars".

"Dancing in the Streets", Martha and the Vandellas, 1964.  But wait, there's more.  In fact there are four video versions of this song.  The next one will be the "dress up" version from the Ed Sullivan Show.  Then a 1986 version that will shock all you rock and rollers.  Finally a "40 years later" version from 2004.  Hmmm... we are at 45 years, interesting.

"Good Times", 1979, Chic

"Why Can't We Be Friends", War, 1975

"Why Can't We Be Friends", Smash Mouth, 1997

The 1972 Olympics. 47 years ago the week of August 26 - September 2. 100 Meter Women's Freestyle.  Click on "Watch on YouTube" to see this video.  The language is Russian, but you'll be able to understand by seeing the action and the scoreboard times.

This is the women's swimming 4 x 100 meter relay.  As exciting as it gets!  Watch Shirley pull ahead of the East German in the last leg.  Olympic gold medals are indeed rare!

Huey Lewis and the News, "The Heart of Rock and Roll", 1983

Bob Seger, "Old Time Rock and Roll", 1978

Dance Dance Dance, Beach Boys, 1964 television performance

Elton John, "Crocodile Rock", 1972

Kool & the Gang, "Celebration", 1980

"In the Mood", Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1941

"I'll Take a Tango", Harry Nilsson, 1976

Kathy Troccolli, "Go Light Your World", 1995

"Shout", Otis Day and the Knights, 1989

"Turn the Beat Around", 1994, Gloria Estefan 

Heat Wave, "Always and Forever", 1977

For those who like both kinds of music... Country and Western!  Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1991, "Down at the Twist and Shout"

"Twist and Shout", The Beatles, 1964, this video is from the movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

The Beach Boys, "Do You Wanna Dance?", Released in 1965.  This is a pre-release television recording from 1964.

"They All Laughed", Ella Fitzgerald, 1957

Donna Summer, "Hot Stuff", 1979

"Yesterday Once More", The Carpenters, 1973

Johnny Cash, "All I Do Is Drive", 1974

"I Believe In You", 1967, Robert Morse.  From the film and the Broadway Play, "How to Succeed in Business Without ReallyTrying".  Great stuff.  Especially when you're feelling like you are standing against the world and all conventional wisdom.  Enjoy!

Sade, "Kiss of Life", 1993

"Every Kinda People", Robert Palmer, 1978

As we head back West from our road trip, let's stop off on the Gulf Coast for a Jimmy Buffet concert song and a closely related song from Kenny Chesney.  Jimmy Buffet never names the "Flora-Bama" as the inspiration for his song called, "Bama Breeze".  Kenny Chesney is much more direct.  Both are fun!

The next few days we'll take a short road trip to the Carolinas to experience some beach life on our East Coast! "Ms. Grace", The Tymes, 1974 from their album "Trustmaker".  A classic "Carolina Beach Music" song.  Here is a link to some background on this song: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/the-tymes/ms-grace

"Southern Belles", 1983, Band of Oz

 

Short documentaries on the history of "Beach Music" and shag dancing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:

 

 

General Johnson & The Chairmen of the Board, "Beach Music Medley"

 

Here are The Embers, 1979, "I Love Beach Music"...

 

Alabama, "Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard", 1997...

 

"What the World Needs Now", Tom Clay, 1971

Back into time... You might remember this one when we were just "wee lads and lasses"...

"Seven Little Girls", Paul Evans and the Curls, 1959

Here is the follow-up you may not have heard... "I Was A Part of the Fifties", Paul Evans, 1998... 

From August 10, 1974 - 45 years ago today, American Top 40 with Casey Kasem.  Abbreviated version, only short clips of the songs but no commercials...

"Never Been to Spain", Three Dog Night, 1971

Another "then and now" pairing: "Brandy", Looking Glass, 1972

"He's Got You", Dean Martin, 1967

"The Way We Were/Try To Remember", Gladys Knight and the Pips, 1975

1966, The Mamas and the Papas, "Monday, Monday"

From the 2006 movie, "The Guardian" with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. "Run Me In The Dirt"

Another song from the soundtrack of "The Guardian".

1970, "Child in Time", Deep Purple

Deep Purple, "Hush", 1968

Deep Purple, 1972, "Smoke on the Water"

1971, Deep Purple (on Italian television!), "Strange Kind of Woman"

1972, Steely Dan, "Reelin' In The Years"

"Ventura Highway", America, 1972

"Let it Be", 1970, The Beatles

Promotional video for our reunion site hotel.  

"Saturday Morning Confusion", Bobby Russell, 1971

1970, Eric Burdon and War, "Spill the Wine"

Carlos Santana, "Oye Como Va", Recording released in 1970...

"All Right Now", Free, Originally released in 1970

The marching band arrangement of "All Right Now" performed by the USC band:

Finally, the Stanford Band version...

"Wet", Barbra Streisand, 1979

Eddie Rabbit, "I Love a Rainy Night", 1980

Glen Campbell, 1965, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

Ray Stevens, 1970, "Everything  is Beautiful"

Monumental.  50 years ago today...

 

Michael Jackson, "Best Moon Walk ever"

Surfin' USA

Here are a couple songs about LA International Airport.  The first is a sad song.  The second, though similar was probably released by the chamber of commerce!  Both are "blasts from the past". Enjoy.

1975, Art Garfunkel, "99 Miles from LA"

"Summer Wind", Frank Sinatra, 1966

Harry Nilsson, 1972, "Without You"

"Peace of Mind" by Loggins and Messina.  1971.

"Saturday's Child" by The Monkees - From Wikipedia, "The promotional video, which aired during the 26 September 1966 "Monkee vs. Machine" television show, features The Monkees playing around on the beach and having fun with five children (at any one time), in a dune buggy, on a swing set, on slides, on a jungle gym, on a horse, on unicycles, and on Honda Super Cub motorcycles, and hamming it up driving the Monkeemobile around Southern California."

"Weekend" by Wet Willie - 1979

Tommy Seebach's 1976 Video of "Apache".  Don't let your kids see this.  They will not understand.  The '70s was an altogether different time.  This might be the worst of it.  If you don't laugh or cry the first time you see this, you may be sentenced to watch it again.

Carole King, 1971, "I Feel the Earth Move"; Sorry if this one hits a little to close to home...

Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, 1972, "From the Beginning"

America, 1972, "Sandman"

Alabama, 1993, "Angels Among Us"

Balboa Island History and Promotional Video.  Nice!

One of those 2008 reunions was held aboard John Wayne's yacht the "Wild Goose".  This video is from a TV news clip about the yacht.

Bill Wither, 1972, "Ain't No Sunshine"

Mungo Jerry, 1970, "In the Summertime"

Johnny Cash: The man in black.  "I've Been Everywhere". Reminds me of my early twenties. Hitch-hiking was strictly forbidden.  Could've been dismissed from CGA for it.  But what are you going to do when you are stuck in the boonies with no wheels and no one to call.  After a while it got it to be an adventure in itself.  Getting there was half the fun.  Times have truly changed.

1979 "Alabama - Feels So Right" LP album

Oakland 1977.  Lynard Skynard in concert.  Sweet Home Alabama!

For Sunday, the Beach Boys with Kathy Troccoli.  Is this a crossover between secular and spiritual or vice versa? Either way you gotta love it! "I Can Hear Music"

Two non-fiction movies, one from 1984 and the other from 2015, have strikingly similar plots.  The first, Amadeus, describes the life of the gifted musician and composer, Mozart.  The second, Love and Mercy, tells the story of the Brian Wilson, the gifted musician and composer of the Beach Boys.  Take a look.  Pretty striking: the other-than-worldly inspired music, the demands of the fathers, the PARTIES, the jealousy of contemporary musicians, the overwork, the poison.  Makes you pause and think on a Sunday.  These are both movies that move everyone in the audience!

There is a lot of material to mine from both kinds of music, country and western!  Here are the Statler Brothers performing, "The  Class of '57".

Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys...

Branching out a little towards the country side... Here's a memory from Jerry Reed as the summer weather starts to warm it up, "When You're Hot, You're Hot".

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now... McFadden and Whitehead, 1979 Inspired by our reunion committee meeting Tuesday evening.  Thanks everybody!!

Some fun and inspiration for Sunday...

This is amazing!  Surf's up in LeMoore California??

California Jam.  April 6, 1974.  Ontario Motor Speedway.

This recording by Frank Sinatra was released in 1955; at the earliest moments of our lives. Sinatra's last concert was on February 25, 1995. He died in 1998. 

This one is for father's day.  Having seen it  from both sides now, the challenge of being 13-18 years old in your parent's home turned out to be much easier than being the parent... Looking back, everyone did the best they could, it is just a challenge.  Brian Wilson captures the absurdity and exaggerations of the teen in this goofy song with his brothers.  Check it out.

This video is for the day after graduation.  What did you do the day, the week, the month, the year, after graduation?  Answer this question on your profile by clicking on "Edit Profile".  There is also a new question about your favorite pet. Thanks for your participation in our "virtual reunion".

Also, today is Flag Day.  It happens every June 14.  Here's a Johnny Cash spoken recording you may recall hearing: 

Three videos to savor for our memories of graduation.  Yes, more Beach Boys.  Then, the full version of "Pomp & Circumstance".  Hope you had a great 45th graduation day anniversary Thursday, June 13.

From 1964- 10 years before graduation and the beginning of the largest migration into the City of Fountain Valley.

From 1984- The year of our 10 year Reunion.  Our first Reunion.

From England.  Apparently one is expected to pump up and down like a piston for the first part of the song, then wave national flags through the part we all recognize as the graduation march.  Who knew?  They all look like they are having fun!!

Oh, the year:  2014 the year of our 40th reunion.  The last time we got together for reunion as a class.

School's Out - Alice Cooper 1972

More Beach Boys.  This is a very clever technical trick where all the instruments are removed from the recordings leaving only the voices.  Beautiful!

For Monday of the 45th anniversary of our graduation week, here are the Beach Boys with "Be True to Your School!"  The story of the Beach Boys is retold in the text below the video.  To see it, use this link: Beach Boys - Be True to Your School and "show more" to have a look. Have a great week!

Seasons in the Sun... 1974 and now! (actually 5 years ago, January 2014)

Seasons in the Sun... Wait for it... From a French TV show.  

Neil Young.  From the 1972 "Harvest" album:

Loggins and Messina.  Didn't I know you when?

This is a YouTube Playlist of all of the top 40 songs from June 1, 1974.  A little different from the Casey Kasem abbreviated versions that have been up before.  This one gives you the whole song, but there are YouTube ads between songs and no Kasey Casem commentary.  You can skip the songs you don't like and go back and repeat the ones you do like.  What a time to be alive!  Oh, there are a few songs where the copyright has been held back from YouTube.  When the playlist gets to these it stops.  Just advance like you are skipping that song and you'll get the next song in the countdown.

Another music video from Don McLean's 1972 American Pie album.  

This is a sequence of three videos that run from the sublime to the ridiculous.  First, a sequence of scenes from the classic 1973 film "American Graffiti" (the sublime).  Second, the opening to the (loosely tied) television follow-on which first aired in October of 1973, "Happy Days".  Third, the Weezer song and video, "Buddy Holly" (the ridiculous).  Enough said.

Don McLean's song from 1972, American Pie.  The video is an interesting, but amateur, production.

Here is some history of the city of Fountain Valley.  Quite a few nuggets in this one.  Who knew?

A very destructive storm hit the Pacific coast in 1988.  Here is some live footage:

A little history video to both bring back those memories and learn about what's been happening since we left:

A film memory from 1973:

Who remembers this one on the radio in 1973?

Steely Dan from 1973, "My Old School": 

From the initial look, about half our class lives outside of California.  This music video might be just the thing to get this large group thinking about making the trip to our reunion.  Now is the time to plan!

You may recall this recording of wit and wisdom.  The videos following this one are "clues" as to the location where our "main event" reunion will be held.

Theme of our prom, May 24, 1974: 

This one is by far the worst:"back into time"...