Growing up in Dallas in the ’60s was an interesting time in American history. Lots of things were changing and affecting our world: the assassination of President Kennedy and the Vietnam War, for example. But one thing I remember fondly was the explosion in TV dance shows all over the country.
Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” was the undisputed leader. Locally, Ron Chapman hosted a show on Channel 8 from NorthPark Center called “Sump’n Else.” And right before that show was another one from Dick Clark Productions called “Where The Action Is.”
The show was a rock n’ roll variety show that toured the country in the spring and fall months, except for Malibu Beach in the summer and Big Bear Ski Resort in the winter. It featured musical artists and interviews, a forerunner of what later became MTV. The theme song was sung by Freddie Cannon (“Palisades Park”). His version reached #13 on the Billboard Top 40 in the summer of 1965. The house band was a group from Portland, Oregon called Paul Revere & The Raiders. Paul and the lead singer, Mark Lindsay, formed the band in 1961 and signed with CBS Records in 1965. One of their early recordings was a version of “Louie Louie.” It’s a good version, but the one we hear more of today was done by some cross town rivals of the Raiders, The Kingsmen. Their version hit #2 on the charts in the fall of 1963. The Raiders had 15 songs that charted from 1961 to 1971, but only had one #1 hit in 1971, “Indian Reservation.” Most of theirs, “Kicks,” “Hungry,” and “Him Or Me — What’s It Gonna Be?” were recorded and charted between 1966 and 1967. And I still remember them in those Revolutionary War uniforms!
Today is Mark Lindsay’s birthday… 70 years young! And if you want to hear this great music today from the ’60s, it’s available on KLUV-FM HD2 or online at www.kluv.com.
Have a great weekend, and I will see you Monday!
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