Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Papa Do Run-
A Baby Boomer Looks (and Laughs) at Vintage Rock and Roll

Hey kids...this IS your grandma's rock & roll!

Welcome rock and rollers of every age and generation. Perhaps you remember the song "Then He Kissed Me" from when it was a #6 hit for The Crystals back in 1963. Or maybe you first discovered it on the "Adventures in Babysitting" soundtrack in 1987, or the 1991 "Goodfellas" soundtrack, or even via the small screen in a 2006 episode of "The Simpsons." I recently learned that Mylie Cyrus (budding-performer daughter of achy-breaky Billy Ray - how old does THAT make the boomers feel?) is going to cover "Then He Kissed Me" on the 2008 remake of "Adventures in Babysitting" (to be titled "Further Adventures..."). As Danny & the Juniors (a group of young men obviously wise beyond their years) predicted way back in 1958 - "rock and roll is here to stay." I have absolutely no doubt about that.

This blog is a place for you to post your comments and/or memories about the golden oldies or the good old days. Be serious; be silly - it's all good. You can comment on something you read in my book, "Papa Do Run" or saw on my website, (as they say in Canada - check it out, eh?). From time to time I'll be posing a question or holding a "survey" on oldies. Or maybe even asking for help tracking down some trivia for the second volume on rock/pop music I'm currently writing, "Peanut Butter and Mashed Potatoes." You can also rant a little if you want (I just might, too). All I ask is that you don't use any language that you wouldn't use in front of Donna Reed or Harriet Nelson - you know what I mean, like George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words. Offenders will have their comments edited/removed, be tracked down and forced to sit in a windowless room listening to "Oops I Did It Again" on a loop until they crack (which, come to think of it, might not take that long). So drop by any time, the coffee's always on. I'll try to post something new at least once a week until I get the hang of it - did I mention I'm pretty new to this whole blogging thing? And nothing makes a boomer chick feel like an "old dog" more than tackling "new tricks" like websites and blogs. Aiiieee! Okay, that's it for now, BCNU - Deb


Victorious1 said...

Neat blog, the oldies are fun and emotional and bring back a lot of great memories. Here's a link to one of my favorites:

Would be nice if you had a radio link on your blog to play some of the oldies while we're reading the blog info.

Deborah said...

That's a terrific idea, Victorious 1 - I will definitely look into it. Things always go better with oldies...just like they do with Coke. Unless one is a Pepsi drinker, I suppose. As a matter of fact, I actually have some friends who prefer Pepsi. I overlook it the way I would any other minor personal flaw, like constant knuckle-cracking or hair-twirling. Oh, I'm gonna hear it from the Pepsi Generation now...not to mention the knuckle-crakers and hair-twirlers. Oh BTW, Vic (can I call you Vic for short?) thanks for the YouTube site (note to self: gotta get live links set up here, too). That's not a half-bad waterfall on old J.Frank. And I loved the b/w minimalist studio shot of the band. The photo of Anne Sexton's gravestone might be a little macabre in this context, even if she did die in a (closed garage, motor running) car. For those who may not know of her, Sexton was a fellow poet and friend of Sylvia Plath. I know this because I also write a lot of poetry. But I feel just fine, thanks! And thanks for the kind words, Victorious1.

Vic1 said...

I hope you find a simple radio button tuned into oldies because it would be great to listen to oldies while reading the blog messages. Sure you can call me Vic, all my biker buddies do, but don't call me "leader of the pack" because we all know what happened to that guy. Very observant of you noticing the details in that J. Frank Wilson/Last Kiss video but what can one expect from someone who wrote the book on oldies, Papa Do Run. I really enjoyed your book from cover to cover and expect to read it several more times over the years. I also use it as a reference book for the internet when I'm looking for oldies music titles that I want to play online according to my mood. It's a great book and I hope you can reach many people with it. Well, I'm off to shine my motorcycle. What did Arlo Guthrie say, "I don't want a pickle I just wanna ride my motor sickle." Have a great day.