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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Good Boy, Bad Soap..... Wally Cleaver Learns That You're "Never Too Young" to Find Yourself Another Agent!


 Ever eat a large pepperoni, 

 anchovy and jelly bean pizza 

 too close to bedtime? 

There's a good chance you wound up
having a lulu of a dream. It seemed like
I was having one of those bizarre dreams
when I watched the first video of this post.



My surreal pizza dream starred Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow). It also featured Cindy Carol
aka Carol Sydes who played Alma Hanson,
one of Wally's girlfriends
on Leave It To Beaver.




Child actor Tommy Rettig was
also in this dream-turned-reality.


In the mid 50s Tommy starred in
the Lassie/Jeff's Collie TV series.


Another star of this weird pizza dream was Michael Blodgett who played wanton gigolo Lance Rocke aka Jungle Lad in one of my favorite movies, Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley
of the Dolls!



 THE CASTAWAYS 

To top it off, the scenario included a live
appearance by the Minneapolis-Saint Paul
garage band, the Castaways!


A strange combination like that can only exist in the
parallel universe of daytime drama. Never Too Young,
the first television soap opera for teenagers, made its
debut 48 years ago today on September 27, 1965.
 Set in Malibu, Never Too Young centered around a
group of teens and their parents. The brat packers
spent most of their time at the beach jiggling to
top 40 hits. Many episodes featured live guest
performances by popular recording acts such as
Marvin Gaye, Johnny Rivers, Freddy Cannon
and Paul Revere and the Raiders.


NARRATOR:
Previously on Never Too Young, infatuated teens
Chet (Tony Dow) and Joy (Robin Grace) had a spat,
a tiff, a puppy lover's quarrel if you will. In today's
episode the peevish pair goes from break up to 
make up at The High Dive beach club as the rest 
of the gang grooves to the sound of the Castaways 
performing their hit record "Liar Liar." Let's watch!

Scene from episode #1 of ABC's 
teen soap opera Never Too Young
September 27, 1965




The idea of a teen soap looked good on paper
but not in the ratings.  ABC's misguided
experiment was canceled in 1966 less
than a year after it premiered.  It was
replaced by another offbeat sudser
which became a TV phenomenon,
the afterlife and times of vampire
Barnabas Collins in the gothic
soap opera Dark Shadows.


 Frankly, Wally, I'm 

 disappointed in you. 

 Your mother and I 

 didn't raise you to 

 be a beach bum.


 Don't worry, dad. I learned 
 my lesson. Sleepin' in my van 
 every night got old real fast. 
 I kinda feel sorry for Eddie, 
 though. He's been sleepin' 
 on the beach and livin' on 
 seaweed and tellin' all the 
 girls he's a big time writer 
 gathering material for his 
 next novel. 



 DOLLY COOPER 



In 1952 Philadelphia R&B thrush Dolly Cooper signed with Savoy Records and proceeded to wax some
of the most exciting R&B sides of the early 50s. In the 1953 novelty gem "I Wanna Know," Dolly gives her man the third degree for staying out too late.





Shucks, miss Dolly, I know what you're thinkin'.
I was out cattin' around, womanizin' and drinkin'.
That ain't what happened, no siree.
My bible study group went into double o.t.!

"I Wanna Know" - Dolly Cooper (March 1953)




In 1955, Dolly Cooper signed with the Modern label.
For legal reasons her first few recordings were made
using the name Linda Peters. By August of '55 she
was once again releasing records as Dolly Cooper.
The French Creole song "Ay La Bah" was released
on a single that month and it's one of the best
up tempo R&B numbers I've ever heard!

"Ay La Bah" - Dolly Cooper (August 1955)




The flip side of "Ay La Bah" is "My Man," a jump
rhythm number with backing vocals by the Flairs.
This killer bee was apparently inspired by the
success of Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock."

"My Man" - Dolly Cooper 
(August 1955, B side of "Ay La Bah")




In 1956, Dolly signed on the dotted line with
Dot Records. Her first release for the Tennessee
imprint was the ballad "I'm Looking Through Your
Window." I have a weakness for R&B/rock 'n' roll
hybrids, and the bombastic B side, "Big Rock Inn,"
kicks butt all over town!

"Big Rock Inn" - Dolly Cooper 
(September 1956, B side of 
"I'm Looking Through Your Window")




Just when I thought it couldn't get any better,
Dolly muscled another one right out of the ball park.
"Tell Me, Tell Me," another fab flip, absolutely kills!
Check out the guitar solo and wailin' sax!

"Tell Me, Tell Me" - Dolly Cooper 
(February 1957, B side of 
"The Confessions of a Fool")






 JOHNNY TILLOTSON 

In November 1960, the week of my 11th birthday,
Johnny Tillotson's "Poetry in Motion" was next in
line to hit #1 on the chart. Johnny was robbed
of the top spot when, without warning, Elvis
Presley's "Are You Lonesome To-Night" leaped
46 chart positions in a single bound to become
the biggest hit in the land. It was only a minor
speed bump on Tillotson's road to success.
The Jacksonville native evolved into a teen
idol and racked up nine top 10 hits on the
pop, country and adult contemporary charts.


In 1963, Johnny covered "Talk Back Trembling Lips,"
a #1 country hit by Ernest Ashworth that same year.
Johnny's version entered he chart two weeks before
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
and cracked the top 10 just before Christmas.

 "Talk Back Trembling Lips" - Johnnny Tillotson  
 (Dec. 1963/Jan. 1964, highest chart position #7) 




 Hey Wally, what gives? 
 You're missin' all the 
 action, Clyde.  While 
 mommy and daddy are 
 tuckin' you in bed every 
 night, I'm down at the  
 beach ridin' waves with 
 a harem of honeys! 
 Heh heh heh.... 



 Come on, 

 Eddie... 

 Cut it out! 




Have a Shady day!

44 comments:

  1. Jimmy, how happy are folks who switch to SDM&M?

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    1. Happier than Dracula volunteering in a blood drive.

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    2. GET HAPPY - GET SDM&M!

      15 minutes reading my blog
      could save you...well, you know.

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  2. Ward, weren't you a little rough
    on the Beaver last night?

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    1. Ward, I'm not getting any sleep and I refuse
      to spend another night in that bed of ours!

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    2. What seems to be the problem, dear?

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  3. Hello there Sir Shady! What a great post. While I enjoyed the blast from the past music, it was Dark Shadows that I smiled at. I never missed an episode and read every single book. Ahh, good times, good TV and good tunes!

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    1. Hello hello hello, Bouncin' Barb! I'm so happy to see you My Fair Floridian! I'm glad you brought up Dark Shadows. You must have been a fan of the strange soap. Isn't it amazing how that oddball series became a huge hit while Never Too Young, a program loaded with popular teenage stars, flopped? I suppose we should never underestimate the power of a vampire to cast a spell over the viewing audience.

      Thank you very much for coming to visit, dear friend Barb, and get ready to enjoy the nation's best weather in the months ahead!

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  4. My dear Shadykins. I'm feeling sad now, because all the above is totally foreign to me. Obviously, a lot of things didn't wing their way across the pond! It makes me sad, because I can't really say anything scintillating that will amuse you, and I so want to amuse my dear friend Tom! Obviously Bouncin'Barb got a lot out of it, so that's good. It's good to see her back here in bloggyland again, isn't it. Just wish Desiree and our Belle would return to us! I do know Johnny Tillotson though (hey!) and have his record on the good old thisisme jukebox, although not the one mentioned here! We have torrential rain and gale force winds here at the moment, but I am not too dismayed after all our earlier sunny days. Thank you so much for your prayers my friend. Hugs to you.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme, and thank you so much for coming. Please don't feel sad just because you can't relate to the content of this post. You and I grew up in different countries. There are tons of things I don't know about life in England, but don't you see - that's the wonderful thing about blogging. We all have an opportunity to learn something new from each other.

      For more than five years I have preached that it's exciting, refreshing and rewarding to seek friends around the world who are different from yourself - not your exact clone. Get to know and love people with whom you have the LEAST in common, not the most in common. That's how you learn and grow. That's how we can bring the world closer together and promote understanding, peace and harmony.

      I might also point out once again that I too am on a journey of discovery. I never heard of the teen soap opera Never Too Young or singer Dolly Cooper until a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon them on YouTube. I found them interesting. I found value in them and wanted to share them with my friends. So as you see, I am learning right along with you. It's not at all important that you are familiar with everything I present to you. All that matters is that you enjoy some of it, learn something, have fun visiting and leave with a smile on your face. What counts most to me is that you bother to show up for a friend even when you yourself are feeling down because of the circumstances surrounding you at the moment. You and I are committed to each other and it's a beautiful thing.

      I continue to send hugs and prayers to you and yours, dear friend Thisisme. Thank you very much for stopping by.

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  5. :) Yes indeedy Mr Shady - I always do leave your page with a smile on my face! I always really enjoy reading all the other comments and interactions that go on.

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    1. I'm glad, dear friend. Life gives us many reasons to wear a frown. It feels good to take our minds off our troubles and to smile and giggle, doesn't it?

      I am very thankful for the opportunity to learn about your world and to share mine with you. Blessings and smooches, dear friend Thisisme!

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  6. Good afternoon good buddy! I love Wally and the Beave! (I still catch it in reruns!) The teen soap however, I never saw it. Probably because if it came out in Sep. in the daytime I would have been in school. I would have ditched a few hours if I knew my favs the "Raiders" were playing! Dark Shadows I recall very well because I had the babysitting job from hell and the lady of the house was addicted to it (and lots of vodka and orange juice) and I usually sat and watched it with her. (without any V&O for me..thank God) She was stranger than Barnabas and even though I enjoyed the soap, I wish I could separate it from that summer I spent babysitting her..I mean her kids! Well, shaking off that memory...I was happy to hear what tunes were playing in 1953 while I was doing my own "wailing". Due to the fact I was born on the last day of Feb. that year! I loved the Dolly Cooper tunes..what a beautiful lady! Have a great weekend Tom!

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    1. Hello, dear YaYa! No, my sweet friend. You would not have been in school when Never Too Young aired - not unless you were held over in the detention hall or had cheering practice. I checked the facts about Dark Shadows, the soap that replaced Never Too Young in the same time slot, and found this:

      << Dark Shadows found its demographic niche in teenagers coming home from school in time to watch the show at 4 p.m. Eastern / 3 p.m. Central, >>

      Don't feel bad. I was home from school, too, and I don't remember Never Too Young either. As I told Bouncin' Barb, it seems strange that a slow paced show about a vampire became a television phenomenon while NTY, loaded with teenage actors and performances by the hottest recording artists, flat lined (medical term).

      That's quite an "adventures in babysitting" (movie title) story you told, YaYa. This is a long shot, but I'm guessing the lady of the house with the drinking problem was either Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate or Mrs. Chancellor from The Young and the Restless. Am I right or am I right?

      It pleases me to know you dug the old gold by Dolly Cooper. What an exciting R&B vocalist!

      Thank you so very much for coming over to see me, dear friend YaYa. Give Eddy a pat and a Milk Bone for me and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  7. Happy Saturday Tom, I hope you are having a lovely weekend! I'm having a great one catching up with friends and making preparations for celebrating my mother's 50th birthday on monday. Luckily I am off work Monday and Tuesday so I have all of that to look forward to! Have you got anything nice planned?

    Emma x

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    1. Hi, dear Emma! I hope you're feeling much better than you were the last time you visited. What good fortune for you to have off work to celebrate your your mam's 50th birthday! I wish her a very happy one. I can't even remember my 50th because it was so long ago. :(

      As a matter of fact I do have something special planned here on the blog next month. Please mark your calendar for October 21 because I will also be observing the birthday of a family member and I'd like you to be here if at all possible.

      Enjoy your time off and have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Emma. Be sure to remind your mother that 50 is the new 15 and tell her your good friend Tom sends his warmest regards.

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  8. Hi Shady, you (and your dreams) are usually way above my level of knowledge, but you hit home with me with Wally and Johnny Tillotson. Who doesn't remember and love Wally and the Beave, and I was 13 when "Poetry in Motion" came out so I, of course, was a big fan.I don't remember the ill-fated teen soap, but I do remember Dark Shadows though it was not a show I got into. I did indeed enjoy this post, I learned some things and had fun reading it.

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    1. Hi, dear Jeanie! I'm very happy so see you, my friend! I'm also thrilled to find out that you could relate to Ward, Wally, Eddie and the gang. I'm watching the entire Leave It To Beaver series on NetFlix and enjoying it more than most of the new network shows!

      I can't figure out why I didn't watch Never Too Young. I just looked it up in my Funk and Wagnalls and learned that Dick Clark's Where the Action Is was telecast at 2pm during the summer months of 1965 but was switched to 4:30pm weekdays after school started that fall. That means Action immediately followed Never Too Young on ABC. It would seem only natural for kids like you and me to watch both shows back to back since they both had dancing teenagers and pop music hit makers performing on them.

      You wrote:

      << I did indeed enjoy this post, I learned some things and had fun reading it. >>

      This is why I'm here, dear Jeanie. Nothing makes me happier than to invite my good friends over to my clubhouse, entertain them a little and make their day a little better. Thank you very much for stating this, Jeanie, and have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend!

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  9. I was familiar with the Castaways, but none of the other ones. But - you've created a new Dolly Cooper fan! She's amazing! It was fun to hear some good music that I never knew existed. Now I've just cleaned my screen (with Clean Screen Magic! Thanks for your order...) and will wait for your next post!

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    1. You're so very sweet, dear karen! Thank you! I'm glad somebody finally mentioned the Castaways and their big hit "Liar Liar." One thing about that ill fated soap Never Too Young is the fact that you get to see some excellent footage of 1960s teenagers dancing. Good clips of kids dancing in the 50s and 60s are more scarce than you might think.

      I'm also delighted to know that you have become a fan of Dolly Cooper. As I told Thisisme, I just discovered Dolly a few weeks ago myself. I love her bold, bluesy recordings.

      Hey, kiddo, I got an email from L this evening letting me know that my Clean Screen Magic order is being processed and shipped. Thank you and your husband for the fast, friendly service. You guys rock!

      karen, thank you very much for coming over for a look and a listen. Have a great Saturday night and enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead, dear friend!

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  10. Kathleen Mae SchneiderSeptember 29, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    I didn't grow up with television in my early years because we didn't have one until I was 12. My father was a hard-working man who thought there were more important things I should do with my time - like study or practice piano. He always said I wouldn't have "anything to show" for hours spent in front of the television. So I guess that's why I'm not too well-versed in shows of the time. I watched a few episodes of Lassie, but not many of Leave it to Beaver. (I was always impressed by a dog who could save people's lives with regularity!)

    I just found this quote from the Beav that places me back in that time period: "I wouldn't wanna do anything to hurt God. He's got enough trouble with the Russians and all." This reminds me of being labeled a "Sputnick" kid in 7th grade and being pushed into every math and science course the school offered - much to my dismay.

    I don't know if I'm getting my years right, but the Dolly Cooper songs bring to mind the poodle skirts and bobby socks my sister wore and those old clips of dancing teenagers (and a few cartoons with dancing animals too :) ).

    I really liked the Johnny Tillotson "Talk Back" song. I do remember hearing him on the radio, but can't recall specific songs. I don't know how I missed this one.

    Thanks for putting together this post that brought good memories and great listening to some songs I never heard before. However, concerning your dream - maybe hold the jelly beans the next time!

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    1. Hello and good morning, dear Kathleen! Your father was a wise man for making sure you had your priorities straight at an early age. Even in those days there were too many parents who used the television set as a nanny. Fortunately, there were many positive role models on TV back then to instill values and teach children the difference between right and wrong.

      I'm glad you mentioned Lassie. Do you realize there were only two different plots used during the entire run of the series? In even numbered episodes, Lassie ran to June Lockhart to let her know that Timmy had fallen into an old abandoned well. In odd numbered episodes, Lassie ran to June Lockhart to let her know that Timmy was trapped in an old abandoned mine shaft. :)

      Those Dolly Cooper records were released during the heart of the 50s and, unfortunately, none of them made the chart, not even the R&B singles chart. As far as I can tell Dolly spent most of her career touring with other blues and R&B acts on the chitlin' circuit and her records were played primarily on black stations and in juke joints. Dolly had loads of talent but never got the big break that would have made her a singing star.

      "Talk Back Trembling Lips" was Johnny Tillotson's last top 10 pop hit. Like many other American teen idols, Johnny was rendered obsolete when the Liverpoolian Moptops transformed the look and sound of popular music throughout the civilized world.

      Thank you very much for your kind remarks, dear friend Kathleen. Say hello to Margaret for me and have a wonderful Sunday!

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  11. Hi Shady, Some great trivia this week! PS: Johnny Tillotson is not obsolete. He is still performing and I saw him sing several of his hits as part of Bowser's Rock and Roll show at the one and only Hershey Park.
    Jerre

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    1. Hey, Jerre! It's nice to know Tillotson is still performing. Based on what you've told me, Hershey Park hosts oldies revival shows year after year. It must be great living close enough to run over there and see the legends of your youth.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the post, good buddy, and I hope you'll be back again soon. Have a super Sunday and an excellent week!

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  12. Hey Shady! Not too sure if I could've gotten addicted to "Never too Young" like I did with Dark Shadows! Loved that show! As far as today's tunes? All new to me, enjoyed the jitter bug sound. My fav was Dolly Cooper (both songs) with her animated voice. I will tell you that my fav pizza truly IS anchovy, but can't recall any strange dreams, hmmmm?
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni! Welcome to my nightmare! (Alice Cooper song and album - Alice no relation to Dolly.) I'm very happy you could make it over and read about Never Too Young, my bizarre pizza dream-come-true. It still seems surreal to watch that video and see the late Michael Blodgett out on the dance floor. Five years later he was out on the floor again, this time playing the spoiled, egotistical boy toy Lance Rocke in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Let's also remember that Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow) landed on a much more popular soap 10 years after the disastrous Never Too Young, namely General Hospital. In 1980s, Dow joined his old TV family in The New Leave It To Beaver which included Jerry Mathers, the late Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond as Eddie and Frank Bank as Lumpy.

      I never got into Dark Shadows. I tried watching the creepy soap but it moved along at a snail's pace. By the mid and late 60s I had seen thousands of horror and sci-fi movies and craved more action, shock and spectacle than Barnabas provided.

      I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed the jumpin' jitterbug sound of Dolly Cooper, a diamond in the rough who deserved as much success as Dolly Parton.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comments, dear friend Toni. I hope to see you back here Thursday for my next post!

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  13. Hi Shady! Something happened to my comment when I clicked on publish - I bounced back to some Google page!

    Anywho, I had a crush on Tony Dow when I was young. He was such a sweetie. I would have watched him on that soap opera if I'd known it was on. Loved seeing 'Liar Liar' performed. A great song.

    I enjoyed meeting Dolly Cooper. Her songs had my feet moving while I was sitting here on the sofa. My favorites of hers were the first two songs. It is good to know Johnny Tillitson is still singing. He has a lovely voice.

    I'm backing up to your last post because I missed it and I'm sorry. Haven't been feeling well for awhile. Hi to Thisisme! I miss everyone too but not up to blogging. Love you all. "Thank you for the music" Tom!

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! I've been thinking about you and wondering how you've been. I'm terribly sorry to learn you haven't been feeling your best lately. I will keep you in my daily prayers and hope that you start to feel better soon.

      Isn't it funny how nobody remembers that ABC soap opera, even though it ran nearly a year and specifically targeted teens? There must have been something else on opposite Never Too Young that was more interesting and exciting. Let's try to remember what it could have been.

      I'm delighted to know you found value in the recordings of Dolly Cooper, an obscure songstress who could have become a star with a break here and there.

      Tony Dow was the perfect actor to play Wally Cleaver, wasn't he? He represented the type of handsome, clean cut, honest, hard working, athletic teenager that parents hope their daughters will marry someday. I'm currently working my way through every available episode of Leave It To Beaver and enjoying every minute of it. I love the series not only for the nostalgia but also because it was an excellent family show which revealed the importance of good, hands-on parenting. Wally and Beaver constantly bowed to peer pressure and made errors in judgement. By the end of every episode they learned a lesson with the help of their attentive, firm, fair-minded parents. I was sad to learn that June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) passed away three years ago. As you might recall, Lumpy Rutherford (Frank Bank) died a couple months ago.

      Thisisme has been asking about you and we have not stopped thinking about you, Belle. You are important in our lives and I hope you will stay in touch with us. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a fine week ahead, dear friend!

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  14. What in the world is going on with my bloggie friends? I've been catching up and I think you are all smokin' summin summin? I have laughed my way through several posts today...even though I'm late to the party as usual this post has had me laughing and smiling along with toe tapping!s What you people are up to I don't know and am hoping to find out so I can have some of it! Great post as always Tom and thanks again for putting a smile on this old face! Hugs~

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    1. Hello, dear Sush! If you don't mind I'd like to point out a typo I found in your comment. It should read "thanks again for putting a smile on this beautiful, wonderful southern belle's face!" I like nothing better than to have you come here for a few minutes and leave with a silly grin plastered on your face. Mission accomplished? I'm very happy to know it.

      Ward Cleaver was a strict disciplinarian, always trying to get his boys to "buckle down" and "apply themselves." Guys like Eddie, Lumpy, Gilbert and Richard led Wally and the Beav into temptation. They always got caught, paid the consequences and learned a lesson. It's too bad most television series today have given up trying to present a traditional family and have opted to show us a highly dysfunctional family instead. No wonder many of us prefer to watch 50 year old reruns!

      You didn't let me know if you ever watched Never Too Young but I will assume the answer is no. Dark Shadows maybe? Do you remember watching Tony Dow on General Hospital in the 70s?

      Thank you ever so much for joining the fun today, Sush. It means the world to me to have your friendship and support. Enjoy your week, dear friend, and I hope to see you back here again soon!

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  15. Ok Tom, you are way to flattering for this dowager, lol but No, I didn't watch the brief appearance of Never Too Young. Yes on Dark Shadows, I can still get goose bumps when I hear the music for the theme song. Tony Dow on General Hospital in the 70's...certainly! Looking forward to your next post...I'm still reading, if not always commenting. The land of twins and weddings and other grandchildren and adult children and my own friends seems to be taking its toll on my computer time. Big hugs to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! I hope you can solve the mystery of why your video of Elise and Dave doesn't show up on some of your family's electronic gadgets. I wish I could advise you but I'm clueless.

      Hugs, smooches and blessings to all of you, dear Sush!

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  16. Hihi!
    I seriously love that post cause I love Dolly Cooper. She has that kind of voice you like listening anywhere, and her music is cheerful and encourages you to stand up and dance non-stop!:)
    Never heard The Castaways, but I found soo cute. The video of Never too young it's so funny.
    Have a wonderful week dear,

    Paula.

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    1. Hi hi hi and welcome back, dear friend Paula aka Mademoiselle Rock & Roll! It makes me very happy to know you appreciate the rousing recordings of Dolly Cooper. I was blown away when I discovered her on YouTube a few weeks ago. I'm also delighted to learn that you enjoyed the Castaways, the garage rockers from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, "Liar Liar" was the band's first and only hit and came close to reaching the top 10. It's interesting to note that "Liar Liar" had a running time under 2 minutes (1:51) at a time when 45 rpm singles were becoming much longer. "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, released two months earlier, had a running time of 3:44 and "Hey Jude" by the Beatles ran 7:11.

      Thank you very much for staying up late to pay me a visit, dear friend Paula. Have a terrific Tuesday and come back and see me again soon!

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  17. I really liked Dolly Cooper and also The Castaways. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era!

    Sorry to be so late with this, but I was glad to see it awaiting me upon my return from beautiful Florida!

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    1. Hi there, dear Shelly! I'm so glad you could make it over before this post ends and I'm happy to know you dug bluesy song stylist Dolly Cooper and the young frat rock band from the Twin Cities, the Castaways.

      Beautiful Florida? Well, if you like hot, sticky weather, lightning storms, bugs and gators then you're right, Florida in late September is beautiful - like the Amazon rain forest. :)

      Thank you very much, dear friend, for finding a way to get here. I appreciate your visit. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week, Shelly!

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  18. Oh I just love the Dolly Cooper songs, I hear them quite a lot when I go out dancing but I never knew who they were sung by until now! Hope you are having a great week Shady.

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    1. Hi there, dear Sarah! I'm so pleased you've come to call. I'm thrilled to know you've actually heard and danced to Dolly Cooper records at the clubs around London. Leave it to the UK to discover the great music that too many here in America ignore.

      I am having a great week and your visit has made it even better, dear friend. Thank you again for coming, Sarah!

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  19. Nice post over here! I really like your focus on the beginning and mid sixties, such a great era.
    Greetings from The Netherlands!

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    1. Hello hello hello and welcome, Martine! I'm very happy to see you, dear friend! Yes indeed, the early and mid 60s were great years and I was lucky to be in my early and mid teens during that time. I know you would have enjoyed the era as a teenager, too.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Martine, and good night to you in The Netherlands!

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  20. Dolly is pure magic, her voice is stunning
    thanks for sharing Tom & have a nice week-end in Florida!

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    1. Oh, thank you very much for coming over and listening to my music selections, dear Katia! It is exciting to know you agree that Dolly is pure magic - a very charismatic artist.

      Thank you again and have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Katia!

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