IN MY BRAIN.
shirts vs. skins on the the basketball court,
gazing in envy at muscle men pumping iron at
the weightlifting pit and studying monkeys,
modest size zoo exhibit.
change. I started spending much of my time
hanging out at a canopy covered pavilion
watching girls in two piece bathing suits
Soon I was hopelessly addicted to
poetry in motion.
that are linked in my memory to Zimmy’s
jukebox and the dancing damsels that
I enjoyed watching in 1961 and in
the years that followed.
Bobby Lewis in 1961. The record became a
fixture on WSBA and on the jukebox at
Zimmy’s the entire summer, logging
a 23-week run on the pop chart.
that took the country by storm
in the summer of 1961.
The record broke in early May and went the
distance, lasting three-and-a-half months
on the chart. Like the Bobby Lewis smash,
"Raindrops" hung around from the end of
one school year to the start of the next.
for songstress Dee Dee Sharp, kicked off
the warm weather season of 1962.
pop chart in early spring and vaulted to
#2 nationwide during the summer.
by Little Eva, was #1 in the land.
The dance record spent an impressive 16 weeks
on the chart and was one of the most
popular tunes at Zimmy’s.
I rediscovered in recent years. "Players"
is performed by the Ikettes, the backing
singers for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
its playlist and flipped the girl group's top 40 hit
“Peaches ‘N’ Cream” unleashing a killer bee on the
Susquehanna Valley. Both sides of the platter
were popular on the radio from March through
May and played often at Zimmy’s during the
could witness the trance inducing spectacle
of girls dancing together in pairs or triads.
It was also a common practice at the Dell.
was installed. From the summer of '61 on,
observing females dancing together was
one of my favorite pastimes.
thrill of doing a belly flop off of Zimmy's
high diving board and smacking the water
so hard it feels like you just got stung
by a swarm of angry bees...
to the surface and try to scream in agony
but when you suck in your breath you take
a big gulp of warm, chlorinated pool water
and swallow grass clippings along with
somebody's used band-aid... and you
frantically doggy paddle over to the
as a hundred strangers clap and cheer...
and you just wanna crawl into a hole and
you gotta hurl. No, nothing could top all that...
but watching those ladies dance sure came close!