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Saturday, May 05, 2007

FEED ME, FEED ME

First, let me share an email I received a few days ago.

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Hey there LT (one of my favorite people on this planet), you may or may not know the current bids for two DAWKS on Ebay are $32.00 and $26.00 respectively, auctions end tomorrow.

This is the one I am dying to have:


Yeah, they're cool and everything but...............................SO WHAT???????????

Keep it groovin',

ModGirl
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ModGirl, you made my day with your “my favorite people on this planet” remark. My ego runneth over. But more important it brought to mind the fact that different folks operate with different strokes. In talking to fans of the LT Show, I’m always surprised at what is remembered about the show. It hasn’t been seen for 40 years so I am surprised (and delighted) it’s remembered at all.

ModGirl is groovin’ for a Dawk doll used on the opening of the show and bashed around a bit throughout the hour (I’m told that the doll in question sold for about a hundred bucks). Others remember certain zany bits that I did, or, the lip-sync contests or certain guests they saw for the very first time. As I’m in the middle of picking out bits for the “My Name is Lloyd Thaxton – So What” DVD, that got me thinking about what you might want to see.

My hope is that the DVD will be a legacy to calm in the middle of that chaotic and volatile storm called “The 60s.” Here was this show called, “The Lloyd Thaxton Show” dancing around in the midst of urban riots, civil rights movements, assassinations and war and yet we survived. A fan once told me that when he started watching the show he first thought I was making fun of rock and roll. Then he realized that I was making rock and roll fun. And, that was music to my ears.

There is a wonderful book out right now titled “Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood.” Veteran journalist Michael Walker tells the inside story of the unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom’s leading musical giants of the 60s who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed. It’s a fascinating read. Especially to me, as I lived in Laurel Canyon then and still do today.

There is soon to be released a new book by Domenic Priore. “Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock'n'Roll's Last Stand in 60s Hollywood.” This book evokes a raucous, revolutionary time in American culture for those who lived it. I can’t wait to read the book because I just happened to be snap-dab in the middle of that riot, penned down in the famous Schwab's Drug Store.

My hope is that the “My Name is Lloyd Thaxton – So What” DVD, measures up to both of the above books in highlighting the fascinating music and artists of the era. And, even more important, the young people who danced (and performed) to the music. The words in the books are impressive and informational of course, but to complete the story, to get the history straight, you have to hear the music.

That brings me to this question. As a fan, what would you like to see and hear on the DVD?

Think about it and then take mouse in hand and start cliquing away. I realize that after forty years, many of you might have forgotten a few things. Age …does that, you know. That being the case, here’s a list that might help jog your memory.


First there was this insane Thaxton guy host, who lip-synced, finger synced and played more instruments than the entire Juilliard School of Music’s 1965 graduation class. Above he presents Roger Williams’s “Summer Wind” on the piano, mindless of the fact that the studio is being blown away at hurricane force.


Then, there was the lip-sync contest where all you young kids tried to make that insane Thaxton guy look like a rank amateur and, in most cases, succeeded. YouTube, eat your heart out.


There was THE game, “Don’t Lose Your Marbles or You’re Off Your Rocker” where you sat in rocking chairs and lost a marble every time you failed to name the record played. When you lost all your 10 allocated marbles, you were OFF YOUR ROCKER and the lone sane person who kept all the marbles won the game. You were so fast that no one ever heard more than one note of each record.


We then gathered our voices together to form choruses like the Lloyd Thaxton Singers (above) doing The Johnny Mann Singers doing the theme from “Goldfinger.” The mesmerized audience at home (actually) thought you sang so beautifully.


And don’t forget all those great guests: The Turtles, Petula Clark, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Rivers, The Shangri-Las, Ben E. King, Peter, Paul and Mary, and, too many more to show here.


Then there were all those great dances: The Slauson, the Twist, The Hully Gully, the Mash Potato, the Watusi, Swim, Limbo Rock. It's music, music, music.

That’s what I've been thinking.

But, as Gary would say, NEXT!

Stay tuned.

17 Comments:

Blogger Gary said...

Oh MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! One volume won't be nearly enough, Uncle Lloyd! You can't do this to us! I, for one, would love to see these on Vol. 1.

LIP-SYNC.....the closest thing to the birth of karaoke that you'll ever see.

MARBLES GAME (and any other games). Gotta be honest, I don't remember these but would LOVE to see another version of "Name That Tune"!

GUESTS - Oh man, IMPOSSIBLE to choose, but 3 of my all-time favorites are The Turtles, Shangri-Las, and Johnny Rivers!!

By the way, has anybody here bought the new Mary Weiss CD yet? It's OUTTASITE! She has "that" voice still and she's havin' FUN with the CD! It really is great to hear her again, with new material. If you don't have it, GET IT, you won't be sorry.
NEXT!
Gary

4:29 PM

 
Blogger Mike Barer said...

Great stuff man, And who could forget Gary Lewis And The Playboys.
or your intro to "We Can Work It Out!
Maybe most of us!

7:27 PM

 
Anonymous Helpful? said...

Lloyd:

I'd been thinking about this well before you asked
-will it be 1 60,90 or 120 minute DVD, or a series of them, perhaps available first as a box set?

Whether #1 or first of a series, I'd make it as much like a complete regular show as possible, with a guest or two that would appeal to the most folks - guests that aren't readily available on TV, or video packages (Pre-fame Sonny and Cher would be great if available).

If it was going to be a box set or series of 4 to 8 dvds, I'd make the others more full of the guest
appearances. If a DVD set, I'd have one disc available ONLY in the set, and have as many goofy outrageous
things from the show as possible on that one disc.

Hoping I'm some help,
Tom

P.S. What I remember best is your great lipsync-ing -I have almost no memory of the finger people at all!

11:11 AM

 
Anonymous Bob said...

Hi Lloyd,

I LOVED Don't Lose Your Marbles. Plus, the Freeze Dance where the music would stop and the kids would freeze in that position. You would crack me up everytime you would tell a couple with the strangest pose, "What would be your next move from that position?" I can't wait for the DVD. It's like a dream come true. You're the best!

Bob

11:14 AM

 
Anonymous Baby Boomer 58 said...

Hi Lloyd, Im looking forward to the DVD.Do you have a release date? Is it the Lloyd Thaxton Show? I also bought the CD of Mary Weiss. She still sounds very good.

Kevin, The old baby boomer who is about to turn 59, ouch. Lol

11:19 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Thaxton,

Try to secure some live commercials or local commercials of the era into your DVD.

Ralph Williams Ford or stores that are gonezo: Broadway, Bullock's, May Company.
Thank you,

Edward

5:24 PM

 
Anonymous Mr. Dawks said...

Down with Thaxton.

3:27 AM

 
Anonymous Dana M said...

I vote for the "Cara Mia" lip sync where you wore the Viking horns ... and of course, any "That was Then" footage you have of my fellow Canoga Park High School Class of '66 classmates. I have the "This is Now" footage from last summer's 40 year reunion - including yours truly!

4:38 PM

 
Blogger Gary said...

I just wanted to add this, too, Uncle Lloyd. When considering which music guests/clips to put on, please don't forget the NON-hits. For example, say Jan & Dean were on doing LITTLE OLD LADY and FREEWAY FLYER. For my money, I'd much rather see/hear FREEWAY FLYER because I've heard LITTLE OLD LADY a bazillion times already (but never tire of it!). I think people would LOVE to see/hear our favorite singers doing forgotten songs.....for many, it would be like a brand new song by them!!
Whattya think?
NEXT!
Gary

4:54 AM

 
Blogger Mike Barer said...

To Lloyd and all who are interested:
I put a story on Lloyd's project on my blog at
www.mvbarer.blogspot.com
It should be the third story down.
Cheers!

12:57 PM

 
Blogger Geno said...

I'd love to see "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" ... You were very short when you synced that one.

Also, one or two episodes of "Don't Lose Your Marbles" would be a blast.

And hell, are there any episodes of "Everybody's Talking" around?

1:03 PM

 
Anonymous Mike Nelson said...

Hello Lloyd,
I have wondered for several years if there was info about the Mansion of Mystery radio show. A friend and I would listen every day when we were doing our field work in Oregon for our geology degrees in the seventies. Every web search I have done in the past has come up zip until now. Are any of the old broadcasts available to download or order? They were great fun to listen to.
Mike Nelson
Santa Paula, CA

12:35 PM

 
Anonymous dm said...

I would love for you to show the different dances you mentioned!!I was in the 2nd grade around that time and my Brownie Leader taught us how to do the Watusi. I'll never forget that!

1:52 PM

 
Anonymous Felix The Cat said...

Rightee-o.

6:11 PM

 
Blogger teresa said...

My favoriate tv shows:
Baby Einstein DVD Box Set
Disney DVD Box Set
Family Guy DVD Box Set
House MD DVD Box Set
NCIS DVD Box Set
Ugly Betty DVD Box Set
X-Files DVD Box Set
P90X DVD Box Set
P90X Fitness DVD Box Set
Friends DVD Box Set
Friends DVD Box Set

6:28 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the Sit-Down dance where you just sat in your chair and danced. That was hysterical. I still talk about that and my kids think I'm nuts. I also told them about Dawks, but they didn't get it. So good to see you're still around. WOOHOO!

2:19 PM

 
Blogger Ed Nordquist said...

I remember a Marbles game where Regis Philbin was a contestant. Am I off my rocker?

11:54 AM

 

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