The 1960's began with musicians costumed in dresses and suits and ended with head bands, fringed vests and bell bottom jeans. What a revolution in 10 short years!

One of my favorites still today is Franki Valli. I loved him as a kid and in the disco age too. Then he appeared on the Sopranos as mobster Rusty Millio. They wacked him like everyone else.... Black screen here...

"The Four Seasons and the Beach Boys were virtually the only American groups whose successful careers were not derailed when the Beatles and the British invasion bands hit the States in 1964," according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum web site HERE.
See Frankie sing Peanuts! I love that song HERE

Motown Records founded in 1960. Its first Top Ten hit was "Shop Around" by the Miracles in 1960. "Shop Around" peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100, and was Motown's first million-selling record.

The Marvelettes scored Motown Record Corporation's first US #1 pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961. Motown would score 110 Billboard Top-Ten hits during its run.

The Four Seasons with Frankie Valli released 4 straight number 1s

The Beatles came to America in February 9, 1964 (my birthday YAY), spearheading the British Invasion.

The Supremes scored twelve number one hit singles between 1964 and 1969, beginning with Where Did Our Love Go.

The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds in 1966, The Beatles were so jealous of that album.

Nancy Sinatra's song "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" became very popular In February 1966.

The Supremes A' Go-Go was the first album by a female group to reach the top position of the Billboard magazine pop albums chart in the United States.

Jefferson Airplane release the influential Surrealistic Pillow in 1967.

The Velvet Underground release their influential self-titled debut albumThe Velvet Underground and Nico in 1967.

The Doors release their self-tilted debut album The Doors.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience release two successful albums during 1967 Are You Experienced The first Jimi song I ever heard was Fire HERE

The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in June 1967.

The Moody Blues release the album Days of Future Passed in November 1967. But we didn't like until like 1973

Pink Floyd releases their debut record The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

The Bee Gees release their international debut album Bee Gees 1st in July, 1967. Love that old Bee Gee playlist the best.

The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 was the apex of the so-called "Summer of Love".

Johnny Cash releases At Folsom Prison in 1968

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones called themselves Led Zeppelin;

The Band releases the roots rock album Music from Big Pink in 1968.

Big Brother and the Holding Company, with Janis Joplin as lead singer, becomes an overnight sensation after their performance at Monterey Pop in 1967 and release their massively successful second album Cheap Thrills in 1968.

Sly and the Family Stone revolutionize black music with their massive 1968 hit single Dance to the Music

The Who release and tour the first rock opera Tommy in 1969.

MC5 Brother's and Sisters! release their live album Kick Out The Jams in 1969. See more on the 5 HERE
The Stooges release their debut album in 1969. Go Iggy (from Ann Arbor)

The Woodstock Festival, and four months later, the Altamont Free Concert in 1969.

Here is a little band that was born in the 60's that is beyond compare...

Santana Soul Sacrifice from Woodstock 1969 HERE

Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights. Since 1966, he has led the group that bears his surname, selling over 30 million albums and performing before 13 million people. Though numerous musicians have passed through Santana’s ranks, the continuing presence of Carlos Santana at the helm has insured high standards. From the earliest days, when Santana first overlaid Afro-Latin rhythms upon a base of driving blues-rock, they have been musical sorcerers. The melodic fluency and kineticism of Santana’s guitar solos and the piercing, sustained tone that is his signature have made him one of rock’s standout instrumentalists. Coupled with the polyrhythmic fury of drums, congas and timbales, the sound of Santana in full flight is singularly exciting. Underlying it all is Santana’s belief that music should “create a bridge so people can have more trust and hope in humanity.” From the Rock Hall of Fame



10050 Cielo Drive (now changed to 10066), Beverly Hills: the house where the Manson Family cult slaughtered actress Sharon Tate and five others (including her unborn child, Paul Richard Polanski) on August 9, 1969. The murders were the basis of the 1976 movie, "Helter Skelter."

Before the murders, this house had been the home of Henry Fonda and was the site where Cary Grant & Dyan Cannon honeymooned in 1965. (Since new buyers were reluctant to live there, in 1994, the owners tore down the original home and built a new 17,000 square foot Mediterranean villa on the same site.) See the map Here

This was a fascinating headline for long after the actual crime in 1969. Vincent Bugliosi the prosecutor of Charles Manson, wrote a really great book about it called Helter Skelter. Hollywood made their movie Helter Skelter from his book.

In February 1976 I was in Santa Monica and had the opportunity to visit 10050 Cielo Drive in Beverly Hills. The house was up a narrow curvy road and I wondered how those scruffy hippies made it up there without a wealthy neighbor calling the police.

There are homes close by. I didn't want to invade the new tenants and there was someone definitely living there then. The home looked smaller in person than in the newspapers. I climbed up on top of a terra cotta type wall near the drive way and took pictures as the neighbor's Doberman was dying to chew me to pieces. I lost my photos from back then but it looked like this up Benedict Canyon

It was fascinating up there and creepy too. This was the first thing on my list of things to do when I got to California. Up closer looked like this

Jay Sebring is buried here in Southfield Michigan read his bio here on Find a Grave.



This was possibly the hottest show of my young teen life. It was watched by teens because the girls loved Michael Cole and wanted to look like Peggy
Lipton. That HAIR.... I still want her hair! But OMG Michael Cole was gorgeous!

The plot lines were pretty flimsy and I can't remember 1 single episode. We didn't care about the story we were watching those actors. Basically the characters were narcs and we all hated narcs. But they certainly captured the style of the late 60's to a tee.

We wore our hair very long, straight, and parted down the middle. Aviator glasses, pocket tee shirts, flannel shirts over the pocket tee shirts, bell bottoms about 4 inches too long and dragging on the ground. What a stylish time! We thought we were so cool....

The Mod Squad was a police drama that featured three young, hip, crime fighters. One White, One Black, One Blonde, was the promotional hype-line. The casting was intended to appeal to a youthful, counterculture audience.

The basic premise was that the youthful investigators were offered work fighting crime as an alternative to being incarcerated themselves. The show's primary gimmick centered on the three cops using their youthful, hippie personas as a guise to get close to the criminals they investigated. The show was moderately popular during its initial run of five seasons and 123 episodes.

Tige Andrews (Captain Greer), Michael Cole (Pete Cochran), Peggy Lipton (Julie Barnes), and Clarence Williams III (Linc Hayes) starred. The show portrayed a multicultural society and dealt with issues of racial politics, drug culture, and counterculture. The show was loosely based on Police Officer Bud Ruskin's experiences in the late 1950s as a squad leader for undercover narcotics cops, though it took almost 10 years after he wrote a script for the idea to be given the greenlight by ABC television studios.



My personal favorite Amboy Dukes Album is Migration, The Amboy Dukes' third album, was released in fall 1968 on Mainstream Records It failed to chart.

The Amboy Dukes were an American rock music band of the late 1960s and early 1970s from Detroit, Michigan, best remembered for their hit single "Journey to the Center of the Mind", and for launching the career of Ted Nugent. The band's name comes from the title of a book by Irving Shulman. Bassist Greg Arama died in 1979.


Our Pal Billy Warhol sent me this today and it is a rarely seen video of the Beatles live at the Abbey Road Studios. It's great! Thanks Bill!
Here is the file for high speed Windows Media dial up Windows Media
The Beatles - "Get Back"

Fast Focus is privileged to offer this exclusive footage. When The Beatles first set out to make Let It Be in 1969, they intended a recording that would be a return to a live performance of just the bare necessities of the band, no studio effects or overdubbing of voices or instruments would be allowed. However, caught in the turmoil of the break-up of the band, the album was re-produced by Phil Spector and never released as The Beatles had originally meant it to sound.



1960 Corvette

Route 66 was the coolest show of it's time...

The television show "Route 66" premiered with a story of two young men driving a 1960 Corvette around the US in search of adventure. And while deep see fishing in the Bahamas, Bill Mitchell lands a shark and thinks of the idea for the body shape of the XP-775, the Corvette Shark. 
1959 Corvette

The 1960 Corvette was the last to feature tail lights formed into the rounded fenders, and the last with the heavy "tooth" grill. The base exterior of the 1960 Corvette continued the smooth look of the previous years.

The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car first manufactured by Chevrolet in 1953 and is built today exclusively at a General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was the first all-American sports car built by an American car manufacturer. The National Corvette Museum is also located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Read The Corvette Story HERE

1964 Stingray! Wow how hot that car was! It reminded us of the space ship on My Favorite Martian See it HERE My Uncle Roman had one and took me for my first trip over 110 mph! Who Hoo!! Cool first one with the fast back shape.
Nice video of the 64 and 66 HERE

We had a "75 MGB and it was the most fun car I have ever had.SEE IT HERE

The MG Model B was produced from September 1962 until July 1980 at the Abingdon Works when the last MG B rolled off the production line. The Plant was closed by Margaret Thatcher as part of the British Government's Privatization Plan. The "B" was the successor to the MG A, and because of the popularity of the car became synonymous with the definition of sports car.

The Austin-Healey 3000 was a sports car built from 1959 to 1967, by Jensen Motors for the Austin-Healey marque, and is the best known of the 'big' Healey models. The 3000 was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday - and is still used in competition by enthusiasts today. 

The car was originally to be called the "Mille Miglia" after the famous sports car race, but the displacement-based "3000" name stuck instead. Both the 3000 and the 100 before it were known simply as "the Austin-Healey" in the 1950s, since the company was essentially a single-vehicle marque.

The Jaguar XKE leaped onto the world's sports-car stage in March 1961. To anyone for whom the automobile is more about romance than utility, the Jaguar XKE ranks among the most important cars ever created. And not only for its virtues as a vehicle. Yes, in itself the Jaguar XKE was a very exciting sports car, combining speed with style, savagery with civility. But then, Jaguar devotees had come to expect that from their marque. Jaguar Image Gallery

Last but not least is the 1969 Corvette Stingray! My personal favorite of all.I drove one for awhile when I was 16! Boys were never a problem during that time! Mine was "cadillac fire mist blue" It had a 427 with a 411 rear end! 1to1 ratio steering. It was a beast! Read more about this fabulous car's specs HERE




A Retro Kimmer Pal Troy Sanborn is a die hard gear head from the 1960's!
Troy owns Troy's Automotive in Lansing Michigan and loves his high performance machines! Troy drives funny cars, jet boats and these 2 gorgeous Camaros. Just you average 8 sec Camaro!

A radical Camaro to grace the pages of Car CraftGoodies: This gnarly beast sports a 496ci Rat stuffed between its fenders with an Enderle-topped 8-71 blower and a bunch of non-streetable goods. Troy says he's had his car 22 years and it's morphed into this ultimate final form. The motor belts out a whopping 1,200 horses and it screams through the traps at 158 mph with an e.t. to the tune of 8.64! Wow what a hot car!

Here is Troy's Flaming Red Camaro I think it's a 1963 (it says 63 on the windshield sheesh)

Troy ran with the red camaro two weeks ago at Milan Dragway...

Click Here to watch him!

Troy says:

" the red camaro is ours, street legal trim, tires broke loose twice- got butt kicked" LOL for Troy the 1960's still rock! Thanks for the pics Troy!



The Avengers was my Mom's favorite. I liked it if Emma Peel was in the episode. Otherwise John Steed could be a little dry. Wasn't Emma the hottest thing? Check this out!

Secret Agent wasn't Patrick McGoohan great? No matter what show he stole every scene he was in. Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, The Prisoner, Columbo, and this show Secret Agent aka Danger Man 

Get Smart was a goofy show but it was meant to be tongue in cheek dumb. Funny and silly. I enjoyed the rest of the cast more than Don Adams Maxwell Smart, I thought he was annoying actually. Loved Barbara Feldon! Loved her hair and her clothes!

I Spy This show was too dry for me but my older brother liked it alot.

Mission Impossible Second Season was the best! Just loved Martin Landau and real life wife Barbara Bain. this cast was awesome! Rent this season you'll love it.

Oh how I loved this show! For one reason only... Illya Nickovetch Kuryakin the character from the 1960s TV spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. The series was remarkable for pairing an American Napoleon Solo and the Russian Kuryakin as two spies who work together for an international espionage organization at the height of The Cold War. Here is a fabulous little video on all the great 1960's spy shows

My Top Hottest TV Stars of the 1960's

I wanted to be Honey West so bad when I grew up! She had the coolest apartment and had an ocelot for a pet! She knew karate and was gorgeous! That birth mark was to die for...

Speaking of to die for! James West! He was short but who cared? Robert Conrad as James T. West was as cool as cool gets. But dang he was always getting beaten up! Hated that! They rarely let him have a decent love scene. (mistake)



My favorite animated film of all time remains THE YELLOW SUBMARINE

This movie was so far out. The artists and animators must have had a blast making this movie. It is one of those films that no matter how many times you watch it you still see something new. My vhs copy is worn but I can't seem to locate a good dvd of it. I was lucky to see it in the theater 3 or 4 times.

I love the "sea of holes" and the big blue meanies" the best.

My talented artist daughter drew the Yellow Submarine and the Meanies for my birthday but I don't have them scanned. They are hanging in my office. Love em!

Here is some wiki on TYS:

Yellow Submarine is a 1968 animated feature film based on the music of The Beatles. It is also the title for the soundtrack album to the feature film, released as part of The Beatles' music catalogue. The film was directed by Canadian-born animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United Artists and King Features Syndicate. The Beatles themselves appear only in the closing scene of the film, with the Beatles characters in the film voiced by other actors.

The Plot:

Pepperland is a cheerful music-loving paradise under the sea, protected by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which falls under a surprise attack by the music-hating Blue Meanies; the attackers seal the band inside a music-proof bubble, then turn the Pepperlanders into statues and drain the countryside itself of colour.

Sea of Time - where time flows both forwards and backwards to the tune of "When I'm Sixty-Four",

Sea of Science - where they sing "
Only a Northern Song"

Sea of Monsters - where the dreaded "vacuum cleaner" beast sucks up the entire landscape and then itself

Sea of Nothing - where they meet a rather helpful "nowhere man" named
Jeremy Hilary Boob PhD, and sing the song "Nowhere Man" . Ringo takes pity on Jeremy and lets him aboard the submarine.

Foothills of the Headlands (or Sea of Heads) - where they get separated from the submarine and John sings "
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds",

Finally, the Sea of Holes - where Jeremy is kidnapped by one of the Blue Meanies patrolling the outskirts of Pepperland. When Ringo jumps on to a green hole (which turns into the Sea of Green and is actually a hidden portal), they arrive in Pepperland



Our favorite pic of Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stevens

 Our most favorite show as a kid was Bewitched.

Elizabeth Montgomery was Samantha and she fascinated us with her beauty and glamourous bewitching style.

Plot summary for"Bewitched" (1964) More at IMDb Pro »

The young executive of an advertisement agency, Darrin Stephens marries a beautiful woman, Samantha Stephens. On their honeymoon, Sam discloses a secret to him: she is a witch with magic powers. He makes her promise him that she will live like a mortal, without using witchcraft and spells in their lives, but sometimes she uses her magic to help Darrin and herself. Sam's mother, Endora does not accept her mortal son-in-law, hates him and can hardly say his name correctly. 

In the suburb of Morning Glory Circle, where they live, their curious next-door neighbor Gladys Kravitz suspect Samantha, but can never prove the weird situations she sees to her husband Abner Kravitz. Darrin works in the McMahon and Tate ad agency with Larry Tate, who is married to Louise Tate. Samantha frequently receives her witch aunts in her house, specially her sweet old Aunt Clara. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Our favorite scenes were when Samantha would don her black witch gown and join Endora in the netherworld of witches....

All of the characters on Bewitched were memorable especially Endora, Aunt Clara, Esmerelda, Dr. Bombay and Uncle Arthur. But our absolute favorite was Sam's wacky cousin Serena! 

Personal life Montgomery was first married to New York socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann in 1954; the marriage lasted barely a year. She was married to actor Gig Young from 1956 to 1963, and then to director-producer William Asher from 1963 until their 1973 divorce. They had three children: William Asher (July 24, 1964), Robert Asher (October 5, 1965) and Rebecca Asher (June 17, 1969).  The latter two pregnancies were incorporated into Bewitched as Samantha's pregnancies with Tabitha (primarily Erin Murphy, with twin Diane) and Adam Stephens.

After cohabiting for nearly twenty years, she entered her fourth and final marriage, to actor Robert Foxworth, in 1993. 
Read more about the deceased cast members HERE
We still are able to watch Bewitched (without commercials) on Video On Demand under Tube Time.



My Favorite Film of Paul Newman
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid may have been the biggest Western blockbuster film in history. (I should look that up)

The combination of Paul Newman and Robert Redford was an unbeatable magnet for women and men both. I think the movie was more about the charisma between the sharp gunslinger Sundance and the man that does all the thinking Butch. The clever dialogue, upbeat music and Katharine Ross made this a different twist on the usually dramatic western genre. Loved it ***** (Still do)
The offscreen chemistry between Newman and Redford definitely shows on camera.

(CNN) -- Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.

Paul Newman's handsome face and solid acting made him a popular and respected film star.
He died Friday, according to spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic. Newman attained stardom in the 1950s and never lost the movie-star aura, appearing in such classic films as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Exodus," "The Hustler," "Cool Hand Luke," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting" and "The Verdict."
He finally won an Oscar in 1986 -- on his eighth try -- for "The Color of Money," a sequel to "The Hustler." 

He was often willing to make fun of himself. Early in his career he was mistaken for fellow Method actor Marlon Brando; Newman obligingly signed autographs, "Best wishes, Marlon Brando." Read the Article Here



King of the Surf Guitar! Dick Dale is the soundtrack of the 60's!

"The staccato is so fast it heat-treats the strings.... [And] I grind so hard that the guitar picks just melt down," Dick Dale told Jon Pareles of the New York Times in 1994. Still playing guitar in the frenzied, powerful style that spawned "surf music" in the late 1950s-1960's, Dale was riding a comeback wave in the 1990s.

Hot Hot Hot guitar! I can't have a blog on the 60's without Dick Dale and the Deltones! Here is Dick's site. Dick is battling cancer and all our prayers are with Mr. Dale. We love you and your unrivaled GUITAR! Here is a really fine example of the 1963 Dick Dale and our favorite duet with Dick with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour on May 4, 1937) is a Lebanese American surf rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers,including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier.

He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, "thick, clearly defined tones" at "previously undreamed-of volumes." The "breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique" as well as his showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen


How much did you love "Ferry Cross the Mersey"? It still is the most haunting and beautiful song ever sung by anyone. "Don't Let the Sun" was really good too but the gorgeous vocals on "Ferry" give me chills to this day. Gerry was my first crush when I was very young. I did meet him in the 80's and he kissed me! Sigh...happily married with children he remains...

Gerry said to me "Do people really still listen to this old stuff"? YES I told him they have never stopped playing your songs in the US. His voice was still beautiful and he autographed my program along with Freddy from Freddy and the Dreamers, and Wayne Fontana! What a fun night that was in Sterling Heights, Michigan's now closed Premiere Center. 

My pal Rhonda and I sat ringside and they had no choice but to talk to us during their whole show, we were inches from the footlights. It was sweet! I'll always love Gerry Marsden's voice.

Gerry's website More photos HERE




Here they are the first and best radical political rock band in history! THE MC5!

When I was 14 and living in the deep south, I came up to Ypsilanti, MI for a visit. My cousin grabbed me shut the door to her family room so her Mom and Dad wouldn't hear...Kick out the Jams! The first song to effectively fling that cuss word at ya! Radical!

We thought it was too cool. I remember everything about the first moment I heard these guys play. I was too young to get in the Grande Ballroom where they used to play alot.
They hung out in Ann Arbor with the Hill (YIP) house and I ran into them there a few times but being so young I kept a really low profile. This group was high energy especially Dennis Machine Gun Thompson the drummer. My personal favorite. He hasn't changed one bit either in the passing decades. Well except he is straight now.

Well I know there is a ton of past political problems this group encountered and still is.. I will put this link to their history and you can read ALL about it HERE

The MC5 (Motor City Five) was an American hard rock band formed in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1964 and active until 1972. Their music also included blues-rock, psychedelic rock, rock & roll and garage rock. "Crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening,"[1] their far left political ties and anti-establishment lyrics and music would serve as a prototype for later punk rock musicians. The band consisted of Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith (guitars) Michael Davis (bass), Rob Tyner (vocals), and Dennis Thompson (drums).

MC5 had a promising beginning which earned them a cover appearance on
Rolling Stone magazine in 1968 even before their debut album was recorded. They developed a reputation for energetic live performances, one of which was recorded as the critically acclaimed Kick Out The Jams. Their career was ultimately short-lived, though within just a few years of their dissolution, the MC5 were often cited as one of the most important American hard rock groups of their era[2]: their three albums are regarded as classics. Their song "Kick Out the Jams" is widely covered.

Fast forward to 2003. I took my kid and her little buddies to the lake for a relaxing day at the beach. While floating around with my hot pink noodle a lovely blonde lady floated up on a raft. She had never seen a "noodle" before so I gladly demonstrated all the cool things you can do with this cool beach invention.

We began chatting about who we were and what we did for a living. I mentioned that I used to be a show promoter and worked at Cobo Hall in Detroit a lot. She brightened up and said hey you need to meet my husband! Ok who is your husband??

Machine Gun Thompson from the MC5! Cool! Where is he? She said he's right up there on the beach under that tree! So I went up and met Denny as a grownup! Den and I hit off as we are both ADD and kinda out there. HYPER yeah!

Denny told me about the film that had just been filmed about the MC5 and told me how great this film (The MC5: A True Testimonial) was going to be. It was being screened at the Toronto Film Festival at the time. I asked him to please let me know when it might come to Detroit! I wanted to go see that movie!

A few months later Denny emailed me to invite me to the screening at the Detroit Film Theater. It was being screened on Devil's night October 30, 2003 with an after party at the Magic Stick bar on Woodward Ave. Grabbed a room at the Ramada on Bagley the hotel that looks just like "The Shining" Took my boyfriend Danny and off we went to see the MC5 movie!
Unless you grew up around the Motor City during the 60's you just wouldn't understand what this movie was like. But here is some info on the Movie

I think this picture was taken at the after party, I have it from somewhere anyway, here is Denny and a pal: Looks like the Magic Stick upstairs.

After the show I got a poster, autograph, and my ticket stub and had them framed. See Denny in the middle? (he's the cute one and he signed his chest for me!)

Sadly there was a problem with money/the producers/band and the film was never released. There may be news and I'll hear about it pretty quick if it is available.

Here is Den's response to that situation HERE

All we can do is hope that one day it will be available for DVD

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