Showing posts with label 1960's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1960's. Show all posts

Monday, 12 February 2018

I Can Wear A Rainbow ...

If there are three things I'm most readily associated with in the world of blogging, they are hair scarves, bunnies and flamingos.

Hairscarves, see:

(inconvenient meeting of hair and hanging basket)

Unlike flamingos and bunnies, the hair scarves are unfortunately becoming harder to find. The most I have ever paid was £3 and the least 20p. Upon entering charity shops, as it's just not worth the root around for vintage clothing in our charity shops (the best you could hope to see is the odd 70s maxi or shiny 80s dresses). So, I always make a beeline first to the scarves, then the nightwear, then the  handbags. I move on to have a look for gloves and then lastly it's the glassware*. 

My first scarves were two red ones and a yellow one, which belonged to my Nan. Nan-me-downs as I call them. I believe I have found half a dozen on my lonesome: one long strip scarf (the others are all squares) for £3 in Chichester. Four all together in an Isle of Wight charity shop for £1.50 each and a lone rumpled one in the bottom of a basket of scarves in a teeny charity shop near us for 20p. The rest were gifts from various lovely bloggers: Vix, Curtise and Loo. I have only ever left one behind in a charity shop and that was a red one, as I already had two red, and the red of the one I found was identical to one I already had.

This is my collection of hair scarves.
So pretty all together.

And this pale pink one on the left is a new arrival to my rainbow of scarves. A gift last October from lovely Vix (the darker pink next door was one of the gifts from Curtise).
I always get excited when I welcome a new scarf into the fold. The yellow one with gold thread was one of my nan's.

I do still see coloured glass, it's one vintage item that I still see relatively cheaply, so it kills me to have to leave so much behind as currently I don't have the room to accommodate it to its best advantage (coloured glass begs to be kept in a glass cabinet and though I have been given the okay to have a new cabinet in which to store further prettiness, unfortunately the only place a new cabinet would fit at present is where our armchair sits, and with that gone, we only have a two seat sofa ... it's not though, as if we have many visitors ;) ). I am still haunted by the dinky pink glass tea set, the set of 1950's shot glasses in atomic holder and the set of amber fish plates. Let us not speak of the carnival glass jug either, or that will move me on to the vast array of carnival glass I saw just before Christmas.  I swear I could have filled another cabinet in one go with what I stumbled across.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Handbags at Dawn ...

This is my new handbag. Isn't it pretty. I saw it in a Dogs Trust charity shop for £5 and walked away.
I left it behind as I didn't think Andy would be amused if I came home with another handbag, but it played on my mind.

I made the decision to treat myself as I was feeling utterly wretched after Bob went away.

As I don't generally have a lot of luck when it comes to finding goodies in charity shops, I'm only surprised it was still there when I went back a week later, but then even Andy said that women carry around far more than would fit in a bag this size these days.

I love the detailing along the top by the clasp.

It was made in The Republic of Ireland.
The lining is a shiny satin type fabric.

I thought you might want to see some other bags I have. This is just a small smattering of what I have ...

You all know my flamingo bag:

1950s coin purse. I assume this was my nan's.

Two little clutch bags.

I want to say 1970s?

Modern but with a vintage feel.


Also vintage ...

The star of the show! 1950's scrumptiousness which I am too scared to take out.
I went out with it once, to the dentist and the dental nurse was in awe of it. I am in awe of it. I am also so scared it will get damaged.

I have other vintage bags which I really should photograph. I have a fantastic boxy little Quant-esque four quarter bag and a wonderful bright red shoulder bag which I took around when I was sixties obsessed.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

What'd You Say? The Phenomenon of The Answer Song

Have you ever heard of an answer (or response) song? 
If not, it's as simple as the name suggests: a song made in response to a previous song, usually by another artist. 
Answer songs are widespread in blues and R&B records from the 30's right through to the 50's; they were also popular in country music in the 50's and 60's. 
Often they were female responses to an original hit by a male artist.

1961 saw Ray Charles release "Hit The Road Jack".
The song, written by R&B artist Percy Mayfield, was first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous, however, after it was recorded by Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix.


This spawned The Chantel's response that same year, with, "Well I Told You".
The Chantels were the second African-American girl group to enjoy nationwide success in the United States, preceded by The Bobbettes (watch this space!).

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Architecture Tart Tuesday: Chichester Festival Theatre

Thift Deluxe, is this a brutalist building you're aware of? I thought you would be interested in seeing it, so when we went recently, I took my camera specially and took some pictures.

Chichester Festival Theatre, located in West Sussex, England, was designed by Philip Powell and Hidalgo Moya, and opened by its founder Leslie Evershed-Martin in 1962.

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of very few 20th Century buildings to be Grade II* listed. When it opened in 1962, it caused a stir with its strong Brutalist design. After fifty years of use, the building required thorough modernisation. This project restored much of the original design, removing all previous extensions and remodelling the foyer and auditorium, as well as adding a new steel extension.

I have seen shows in here, first The Rocky Horror Show and then The Master and Margarita, which was quite the experience before the show! I had gone with a friend of Andy as she had a spare ticket. Amongst the pre show chit chat, I was asked if I go to the theatre often. I was vague in answering as I had been to the theatre, but to pantomimes and most frequently, The Rocky Horror Show and I suspected that those things weren't as high brow as the people asking would have liked!

This sits opposite and in front of the smaller Minerva Theatre.

Monday, 5 June 2017

My Mum's Vintage Wardrobe Pt I

I grew up, recalling my mum wearing an Afghan coat and rose tinted glasses, right into the eighties. She never has conformed, neither have I, so maybe it's hereditary!

Growing up part time around these two (I actually lived with my grandparents, brought up on a healthy dose of classic films and Jim Reeves records!), I don't think I was destined to blend in!

My mum and step dad on their wedding day.
Her dress came from Kensington Market.

They came round on Andy's birthday weekend and as they left I took a mental snapshot of what they were wearing ...

Her: simple white top. Long black gothic skirt. Black and white long striped socks. Black strappy biker style boots.

Him: He still has long hair can I point out. Short sleeve floral shirt. Black jacquard style jacket with velvet collar. Black trousers and very elaborate cowboy boots.

No, they simply don't conform!

This is my mum aged fourteen.
As an aside, look at that slide!

I have a few bits and bobs that belonged to her from when she was younger. She was born in the mid fifties, so was a teenager in the late sixties, early seventies.

This is one of her dresses. I used to wear this in my teens and early twenties. I tried it on again the other day and it fits, almost. I can get it past my hips (no mean feat!) and it zips up to about my bra strap, but won't zip up over my bust. hey ho.

It's midi length, well it is on me, is made of seersucker and still has its label.
Vix? Any information on Step Ahead London? I can't find anything. 

If it weren't for the label, I'd think it was handmade, as it's looking pretty tatty on the inside. Stitching is all over the place and there are raw edges a-plenty, which makes me think it was possibly tampered with in the past. It doesn't seem to matter when on though, as it's all hidden.

It is very pretty I think, though doing up shoulder tie straps in a mirror is an absolute beggar!

This is first in a series I shall be sharing here on my blog, putting up a new post each time I unearth something which was hers. We're sorting the bedroom out, so I'll see what I can find!
I'll also scan a few more photos I have of her.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Death Discs: Leader of the Pack

Lyric Lowdown
The song is about a girl named Betty, who is asked by friends to confirm that she is dating Jimmy, the leader of a motorcycle gang, whose ring they see on Betty's finger. After singing of love at first sight ("(By the way, where'd you meet him?) I met him at the candy store/He turned around and smiled at me/You get the picture?/(Yes, we see) That's when I fell for the Leader of the Pack"), Betty's heart turns to despair as she bemoans her parents' disapproval. The parents claim Jimmy hails from "the wrong side of town" and ask Betty to tell Jimmy goodbye and find someone new. Betty reluctantly does as she is asked, and a crushed and tearful Jimmy speeds off on his motorcycle. Moments later, Jimmy crashes on a rain-slicked surface and dies; Betty's pleas for Jimmy to slow down are in vain.

The Birth of a Classic
The tune of "Leader of the Pack" has been credited to impresario George "Shadow" Morton together with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. Morton has said that he wrote the song for the Goodies (also known as the Bunnies), but instead it was needed as a follow-up to the Shangri-Las hit "Remember (Walking in the Sand)".

Morton claims he didn't know  he was expected to have a second idea ready to follow up "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" until Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller asked him, "Hey, what do you want to do for the second record?"

Morton said he "got a bottle of champagne, two cigars" and "went into the shower, sat down, drank the champagne, smoked the cigars, and wrote the song on a shirt cardboard with my kids crayons."

Legend Says
To add the authentic sound of a motorcycle engine, one was actually driven through the lobby of the hotel and up to the floor of the recording studio. Although no one was arrested, it didn't stop a ticket being issued.

Four decades later, however, Shangri-Las lead singer Mary Weiss claimed the motorcycle sound was taken from an effects record. Hugh Grundy, drummer for The Zombies, recalls revving up a motorcycle backstage when the Shangri-Las performed on a U.S. tour.

The record was released as a single by Red Bird Records, which was a Leiber and Stoller label, and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 28, 1964.

In the United Kingdom, the single was refused airplay by the BBC, probably due to its death theme, although some have speculated that it was considered likely to encourage violence between mods and rockers.

Interestingly, even though the song had been banned by Auntie Beeb, that didn't stop it intruding on a Sunday morning service broadcast by the BBC from the chapel choir at Keele University. The choir had been singing Christ is Our Cornerstone as part of a commemorative service to mark the passing of Winston Churchill, when suddenly Leader of the Pack came blaring into proceedings, played it is said, by a free spirited drama student over the halls PA system in protest to the song being banned. The choir, in an attempt to drown it out, sang louder but it made no difference and the BBC simply faded the choir out and the recording was never repeated or ever completed.

Regardless, it charted three times on the UK Singles Chart: number 11 in 1965; number 3 in 1972 (by which time the BBC ban had been lifted); and once again at number 7 in 1976, when its sales figures as a reissue on two different labels (Charly and Contempo) were combined to arrive at its chart position.


Mm--"Is she really going out with him?
"Well, there she is, Let's ask her"
"Betty, is that Jimmy's ring you're wearing?"
"Gee, it must be great riding with him"
"Is he picking you up after school today?"
"By the way, where did you meet him?"

"I met him at the candy store
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture
"Yes, we see"
That's when I fell for the leader of the pack

My folks were always putting him down
They said he came from the wrong side of town
They told me he was bad but I knew he was sad
That's why I fell for the leader of the pack

One day my dad said find someone new
I had to tell my Jimmy we're through
He stood there and asked me why, but all I could do was cry
I'm sorry I hurt you, the leader of the pack

He sort of smiled and kissed me good bye
The tears were beginning to show
As he drove away on that rainy night,
I begged him to go slow, whether he heard,
I'll never know Look out! Look out! Look out!

I felt so helpless, what could I do
Remembering all the things we'd been through?
In school they all stop and stare
I can't hide the tears, but I don't care
I'll never forget him, the leader of the pack

Ooh, the leader of the pack now he's gone
the leader of the pack now he's gone
the leader of the pack now he's gone


Previous Songs In This Series:

Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton
Endless Sleep - Jody Reynolds

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ricky Nelson

Eric Hilliard "Ricky/Rick" Nelson
May 8th 1940 – December 31st 1985

Ricky, or Rick as he preferred to be known, was anAmerican actor, musician
and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as well as co-starring alongside John Wayne
and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks's western feature film Rio Bravo.

He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973 including "Poor Little Fool", which holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart.

He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.

I want to focus for a moment on his role of Colorado Ryan in Rio Bravo.
In the latter part of the film, he sings a duet with Dean Martin and then a song called 'Cindy'

"Cindy hugged and kissed me
She wrung her hands and cried
Swore I was the prettiest thing
That ever lived or died

Well she was right there, he was a beauty.
There's just something about his lips ...

Today would have been his 77th birthday, so happy birthday Rick!

It would also have been my granddad's 86th birthday!
Happy birthday granddad!

And it's the anniversary of VE Day!