Butchie’s Tune — The Lovin’ Spoonful
Alex Balk, Smoker
Carol Diehl, Art Critic
Matthew Gallaway , Novelist
Megan Lubaszka, Architect
Angela Serratore, Historian
Tim Siedell, Ad Man
Natasha Simons, Writer
Dave Wilkie, Ad Man
Zou bisou bisou
If you’re fond of sand dunes and slow dancing with older divorcees.
I made an appropriate streaming radio station playlist for you to listen to while you toil in the office today! Or you can listen to it while you roast something in your kitchen! Or drink and emotionally withdraw from your spouse! Whenever!
*Twisting the Night Away- Sam Cooke
*Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown
*Wheel of Fortune—Kay Starr
*My Last Affair – Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald
*My Funny Valentine – Miles Davis (’64 version)
* Don’t Smoke in Bed – Nina Simone
*Julie London — Cry me a river
*Chuck Berry — Maybellene
* Dizzy Gilispie — Manteca and Night in Tunisia
*Stan Getz — Nobody else but me
*Muddy Waters — Got my mojo working
*Big Mama Thorton- Hound Dog
*Lolita Ya Ya – Shelly Winters
*Johnny Mathis – Wild is the Wind
*As Long As He Needs Me – Judy Garland
*There’ll Be Some Changes Made – Peggy Lee
*This Bitter Earth – Dinah Washington
Here’s the song that thumped in background as Don described ‘holstering up his guns’.
It’s by the Nashville Teens who were not from Nashville. They were from England.
I was born in a trunk.
Mama died and my daddy got drunk.
Left me here to die alone
in the middle of Tobacco Road.
Self-mythologizing is an important skill!
Billboard Hits for 1963 — Live performances in the links.
01. Sugar Shack —Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
02. Surfin’ U.S.A. -- Beach Boys
03. The End Of The World — Skeeter Davis (personal favorite!)
04. Rhythm Of The Rain — Cascades
05. He’s So Fine — Chiffons
06. Blue Velvet — Bobby Vinton
07. Hey Paula — Paul & Paula
08. Fingertips II — Little Stevie Wonder (this performance will blow you away!)
09. Washington Square — Village Stompers
10. It’s All Right — Impressions (you must watch the teenagers dance in this one)
Is the world emotionally prepared for Mick Jagger ? Or the men from Liverpool? Brace yourselves.
(picture above is Paula Anka, pre-Beatles hearthrob)
One of 1961’s biggest singles. Inspired by the hip-swiveling dance craze.
It even made Peggy twist.
“I don’t like you like you this,” says Pete, who is more accustomed to the Charleston.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed
To think they could doubt my love
Yet today my love has flown away
I am without my love
Now laughing friends deride
Tears I can not hide
Oh, so I smile and say
When a lovely flame dies
Smoke gets in your eyes
Here’s a gorgeous clip of Blue Room sung by Perry Cumo.
Over living room cocktails this tune comes on the radio and Betty recalls how much she loved the song in high school, then tries to coax Don into dancing. Don smirks and says Cumo “makes everything sound like Christmas.”
But then he relents, takes Betty’s hand, and serriptiously grabs her ass.
Ah, afternoons with Don!
Messieurs Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Pryce may have wiggled out from under the thumbs of their British overlords, but by February of 1964, our captains of advertising industry would’ve been trying to harness the power of a different kind of British Invasion.
On February 9, 1964, Liverpool’s The Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show and changed popular culture forever. An estimated 73 million people sat glued to their television sets for a performance of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, setting off tears in the eyes of their tween converts and dollar signs in the minds of ad men across the world—with an audience like that, Harry Crane’s TV department had to sit up and take notice. The song quickly shot to Number One, and young Sally Draper would surely have insisted both sides of her broken home take her to see movies like ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’, campy rock romps that in which John, Paul, George, and Ringo got into scrapes, played their way out of them, and tossed around their shiny hair in under 2 hours, paving the way for tween-friendly behemoths like the Jonas Brothers and the American Idol franchise.
The Beatles would appear on Ed Sullivan’s variety program throughout ‘64 and ‘65 to great fanfare, but that first fateful night still holds a place in the record books as the highest rated network telecast of all time.
footnote by - Angela Serratore