Archive for the ‘FUNtastic oldies’ Category

Gene Chandler – “Duke of Earl” Al Bundy – “Duke of Earl”

The twist is a dance that was inspired by rock and roll music. It became the first worldwide dance craze in the early 1960s, enjoying immense popularity among young people and drawing fire from critics who felt it was too provocative. It inspired dances such as the Jerk, the Pony, the Watusi, the Mashed Potato,   Read More …

Recently, I discovered a lovely documentary that compiles unknown stories of The Beatles. “Beatles Stories” (2011) is a beautiful collection of memories of those who stood besides, behind or on the stage with the Fab Four. One of the stories I deeply enjoyed was about Ringo’s star. It starts like this: Brian Skiff, an astronomer   Read More …

I was familiar with Mauri Kunnas’ work long before. Kunnas is, in fact, the bestselling Finnish author and illustrator. Coincidentally, I worked for the publishing house that locally promoted his children’s books. His skilful art, his fabulous sense of humour and delightful stories turned him quickly into one of my favourite authors. Thanks to Otava   Read More …

According to “Inside The Songs Of The Sixties” (Brian L. Forsythe), the “Do The Freddie” album, by Freddie and The Dreamers, included foot diagrams from the legendary dance instructor Arthur Murray. So that’s how they got the moves!  

Needless to say, the songs of the sixties are my favourite full-time hobby. Well, it all started when I first began to chase the stories behind The Beatles’ songs. Then there were The Herman’s Hermits, Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Merseybeats, The Beach Boys, The Shirelles and many others’ songs… on repeat when the nights   Read More …

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The Lindy Hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway and Charleston.   Read More …

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Has the ’70s fashion gone too far? ‘High heels for men’ trend:

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