Tiny Tim was a unique musician who had 15 minutes of fame in the late 1960s. He had one hit record with an old song, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” (1968), and appeared on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. His wedding was televised on the Tonight Show. in 1969. If you didn’t live through this era, I can’t explain this to you.
He even starred in an independent horror film, Blood Harvest (1986).
George Jetson was born on 7/31/22
The Jetsons was a popular animated TV series in my childhood. It took place in the future and had people flying around in space vehicles instead of using land-based cars.
George Jetson, one of the main characters, was born on July 31, 2022 which seemed very far away in the 1960s.
Hullabaloo, on NBC, competed with ABC’s music show Shindig! Hullabaloo even had a dance book.
Hullabaloo!: The 10 Biggest Celebrities and Acts Who Appeared On The Show
The best of Shindig!
Here’s are YouTube compilations of Shindig! which was on TV from 1964-1966. I preferred it to Hullaballoo, the other rock and roll show from the era. As I recall, Shindig! was less structured.
Andy Warhol was in commercials
It’s not surprising that Andy Warhol was in commercials. Much of his art was based on common products such as Brillo Pad boxes. There have even been commercials with Warhol or his art after his death,
More on Warhol eating a hamburger is here.
The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show – 2/9/64
This was an amazing event. The Beatles, who most of us didn’t know about a few months earlier, were on the Ed Sullivan Show, a TV variety show that also included plate twirlers and Topo Gigio. The show was watched by a record 73 million people. The Beatles were very young and handled their sudden fame with incredible grace and humor.
With hindsight, the Beatles deserve even more credit than they got when they were around. They could have played it safe and kept doing simple rock and roll based on R&B but they took lots of chances. It’s a long way from “She Loves You” to “Strawberry Fields Forever” but it was only four years in actual time. All kinds of musicians followed the path blazed by the Beatles.
Initially, they paved the way for other British groups, known as the British Invasion. As I recall, the second most popular British group when the Beatles first became popular was the Dave Clark Five. Their popularity only lasted a few years and they were eclipsed by bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who who have created enduring music.
Near the end, they got back to their roots with songs like “Get Back”, “The Ballad of John and Yoko” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. These are some of their finest records.
The Bud Bowl and the Puppy Bowl
There’s more than just the Super Bowl.
The Bud Bowl was an animated ad campaign for Budweiser beer that ran sometimes from 1989 to 1997.
The Puppy Bowl is still broadcast on the day of the Super Bowl.
The Joe Theismann broken leg injury on The Simpsons
The Joe Theismann leg injury is one of the most gruesome sports injuries ever. I’m sure that everyone who saw it live or on TV remembers it. The injury was discussed on the Simpsons in 1991 when Homer is watching a videotape of “Football’s Greatest Injuries”.
the Oral History of Joe Theismann’s Broken Leg
Ten things you might not know about Joe Theismann’s broken leg
Saturday Night Live Colon Blow commercial (1989)
One of my favorite SNL fake commercials