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Diddy Wah Diddy

Here’s a really cool clip from “American Bandstand” which aired from 1952 to 1989. Dick Clark started hosting the show in 1956 and he remined the host until it went off the air. The song is Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band’s version of  the 1956 Bo Diddley song “Diddy Wah Diddy.” (Say that 10 times fast.) This was the very first single released by The Magic Band. The internet says it’s much more R&B influenced than Captain Beefheart’s later, more experimental work. I have no idea if that’s true or not since, aside from the RIP post I wrote after his passing last December, I’m almost completely unfamiliar with his work. I do love the blues though and this is a terrific cover!

The first thing I thought of when I saw the integrated dancers in this clip was the movie “Hairspray.” I only saw the original musical and not “Hairspray: The Musical” which was a musical remake of the musical… (Seriously, who thinks of these things?) I wondered if American Bandstand was the inspiration for the integration protests in the movie so I looked it up. The answer was no, it was “The Buddy Deane Show” out of Baltimore, MD. Bandstand’s dance floor became “multi-cultural” (or at least two toned) in 1965, just a year before the episode in this clip aired. It happened without incident or comment. One day it was monotone and then Dick Clark said “Let there be Negroes” and POOF! Seriously though, the integration of Bandstand is an actual historical thing. There are school lesson plans about it and everything. In his own way, Dick Clark is a bit of a civil rights hero.

Black Power Fist

Power to the people Dick!*

*PS. Please don’t let this image turn into a giant ass. With that caption it would just be too hilariously wrong!

The Dirty Mac And An Oops, Our Bad

The super group The Dirty Mac performed together only one time on December 11, 1968 for The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus TV special. This was the first time John Lennon performed without the Beatles. It’s nice to see the lad was able to muddle through somehow. =)

When I first heard “Yer Blues” I thought it was a parody. I thought John was mocking the whole blues culture notion that a song with a message of misery can make people feel better. Today I read that John said in a Rolling Stone interview that the song was not a parody. He said it was an actual reflection of his state of mind at the time he wrote it. All I have to say about that is “yipes!” Yoko “Destroyer Of Beatles” Ono has taken a lot of flack over the years. I’ve even made my fair share of jokes at her expense even though I really have nothing against the woman. But assuming she’s the “girl” mentioned in the song, she’s probably the reason we had John here with us as long as we did. I think we all owe her a big apology. I’m thinking giant cookie and balloon bouquet but I’m open to suggestions.

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