Monday, November 21, 2011

Far Out!

After getting some great music from Grace of Dragon's Alley from the 50s and 60s. Then it was this post from Sarge Charlie and this post from Empress Bee that really got me to thinking about the 60s. I decided to take a look at the 60s in the good old U.S of A.

Population 177,830,000

Unemployment 3,852,000

Average Salary $4,743

Teacher's Salary $5,174

Minimum Wage $1.00

Life Expectancy: Males 66.6 years, Females 73.1 years

A great decade for musicals such as: Camelot, Hello Dolly, Oliver, Man of La Mancha, Hair, and Funny Girl.

Chubby Checker introduced the Twist on American Band Stand in 1961 and a new craze was born with dancing becoming something you didn't need a partner for.

The Mashed Potato, The Swim, The Watusi, the Monkey and The Jerk followed the Twist.

This was also the decade of the Go-Go girls, on stages or in bird cages, who danced above the crowd.

The Flintstones became the second cartoon on in primetime. (The first was Rocky and his Friends in 1959). Of course, more followed such as Alvin & the Chipmunks, The Jetsons, and Mr. Magoo.

Family television was The Andy Griffith Show. For our sitcom of that decade it was The Beverly Hillbillies. The sci-fi and supernatural included: Bewitched, The Addams Family, My Favorite Martian, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone.

Who could forget Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. You bet your bippy you can't!

Do you remember most of this? Me too.
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  1. I loved this you brought back some TV and music memories, apart from Coronation Street and a few others our TV was awash with American TV when I was a kid and loved it.

    My parents used to let me stay up to watch Rowan and Martins laugh in and Peyton Place yes Peyton Place was on late on a Sunday night here.heheh!

    My favourites a s a kid was Bewitched Batman and The Munsters

    Have a great week :-)

  2. thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  3. Thanks Sandee. I can almost picture myself back there.

  4. I was born in the early 60s... I can remember some of this, but just the late stuff. Thanks for taking me down to memory lane...

  5. Thanks for this interesting and informative post Sandee! So Chubby Checker introduced the Twist to the American Band Stand the year I was born!:) I know of some of the dances and the Flinstones as well as some of the television programmes. They certainly became popular over the years. Have yourself a good Monday.

  6. That was a memorable decade, and the BEST one for music. Even our kids love that music. Thanks for the memories.

    Have a super Monday. Big hugs, honey...

  7. Thank you for taking us back Sandee :) i remember all the cartoons... cos i did watch a lot of cartoons back then. Hope you are having a great Monday!

  8. 60's music IS the best! And I loved Laugh In and the Muppets. Scratch that. STILL love the Muppets. They have a new movie coming out and I'm wondering if it live up to the original show.

    big hugs, honey xoxo

  9. Thanks for the walk down memory lane; uncomplicated TV and great music. Much of my writing comes from memories of growing up in the Sixties, and in some ways I've never left.

  10. old was and is definitely gold!

  11. i remember ALL of those things. and i loved chubby checker!

    smiles, bee

  12. Of course I was not born yet nor lived in US, but I've heard of most of these. I even seen some re-runs :)
    Have a great Monday, Sandee!

  13. I recall the moon landing and had set up my camera on a tripod to get the image. Only way to do it at that time. I remember setting the speed a 1/30 second to get it right. I still have the 35mm slides.

  14. Hmm... Parts of the 60's are a big blur.. Hmm.. I wonder why. LOL

    Have a great day!

  15. They say if you can remember the 60's then you weren't there - or something like that..I can't remember

  16. Good one Sandee. I remember when the very first TV came out. We got one that was at least 10 inches by 10 inches. I do remember all those things. What fun. Thanks.

  17. I remember that stuff, there's a t-shirt out that says; "I may be old, but I got to see all the cool bands." True true

  18. Hey it's mine & Barrys good friend Neil. I am thinking he has gone back to try & heist some cheese from Lurch the zombie moon rat. Good luck Neil, you're gunna need it...

  19. I was born in the early 60's. What a decade although I was probably too young to fully appreciate it ;)

  20. How about the rifleman with chuck Connors,or 12 o'clock high The red Skelton show are a few that comes to my mind.

  21. I didn't know that Star trek is from the 60's...

    sometimes it is good to reminisce those good old days..

  22. The original Twilight Zone still hasn't been surpassed.

  23. Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' was the first record I ever bought ;)

    I remember it all, except 'The Jetsons and 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in'. maybe they were only shown in the US?

  24. Batman was a must watch on every college campus a couple of nights a week.
    Yes, I do miss a lot of the things that made life simpler for all of us. We did indeed live in the "Good Old Days".

  25. This is a nice post, Sandee. I remember those old songs when mentioned or played. My favorite was Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.

    The folks didn't have TV until after I left home for college. I never watched those programs either, real time.

  26. Fun post. Love the dances and the cartoons :) Glad minimum is over $1 now :)


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