About a week ago I put nine pictures up for identification. These pictures were of guests I had on The Lloyd Thaxton Show and I had asked that my Mouse Cliquers write their answers in the comment section.
I started with the picture at the top of the page. I thought this was a tough one, but everyone got it right away (How? I’ll never know). Of all the pictures I have, this one is closest to my heart. It’s a picture of a club my mom and dad belonged to at their church in Toledo, Ohio (That’s the Collingwood Methodist Church in the background). All the people you see in the picture were close friends of my parents and I grew up knowing each and every one of them.
This particular day, they had asked the younger members of the group to bring their kids so they could be included in the picture. I was working that day at WSPD-TV and couldn’t attend. But, my mom wanted me to be in the picture. So, just before the photographer clicked the shutter, she whipped out a small photo of me and held it so I would be included in the photograph. Is that neat or what?
The picture of me was so small who would of thought it would ever be noticed. I discovered it only a few years ago myself. And, I did that, by using a magnifying glass. What a great mom I had. She just wouldn’t let me be excluded from the larger photograph. That’s my dad just above her to the right, partially hidden by the women with the hat.
And everybody who entered this (prizeless) contest got it. My mom would be so thrilled.
Everyone also got this one. Johnny Rivers. He had just finished performing “Secret Agent Man.” Johnny was a regular guest on the show and is a good friend. He shared my enthusiasm for Motorcycles and I spent many a night at the Whisky A-Go-Go on Sunset Boulevard, watching him rock the night away.
One of my other favorite guests (there were many) was Petula Clark. She was so uplifting (I didn’t have to wear lifts to stand next to her) and talented. Petula was presented with her Grammy that day for “I Know A Place,” right on the show. What an honor.
Bobby “Boris” Picket was on the show almost every Halloween performing his monster hit, “The Monster Mash.” What a fun person he was. His fans loved him.
Yes, this is, “The Real Don Steele” (without glasses). In my opinion, Don was the best radio DJ in his time. He once said of the 60s sound, “Look, you take the Motown sound and the British Invasion and you throw in Elvis and Roy Orbison, and you have a music mix that's hard to beat at any time or any place."
The picture is from a KHJ radio Top 30 promotion booklet. I had asked him on the show to identify Tina Delgodo (is ALIVE! … ALIVE!). He wouldn’t say. Don died in 1997 and he took the mystery with him. Not even his wife knew. Long live “The Real Don Steele.”
You are right. This is Bobby Vee. He had a lot of top 10 hits and was a wonderful guest.
More fun than a barrel of monkeys, is a stage full of Turtles. I always looked forward to, not only their talent, but also their sense of humor. A fan once said of me, “When I first started watching your show I thought you were making fun of Rock and Roll. Then I discovered you were making Rock and Roll fun.” The Turtles were a big part of that fun. They are still performing all across the country.
Finally, we have Little Anthony & The Imperials. “Little” was a key word to use with young artists of the 60s. Little Anthony, Little Richard, Little Stevie Wonder and others grew out of their names, but stayed on to keep their fans enthralled. Actually I was “Little Lloyd Thaxton,” but I never grew out of it.
OK, that’s it. Thanks to all who entered my … WAIT! WAIT!
WHAT HAPPENED TO #3 ???
Well, it seems #3 is still an unsolved mystery. When I found this picture in my files, it had “Martha and the Vandellas” written on it. However, forty years later, I’m just not too sure of that anymore.
Why? It is the only picture on the list that had so many different answers. The Toys, The Chiffons, The Cookies, Martha and the Vandellas, The Jaynettes, and Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans.
I’ve Googled pictures of all these groups and just can’t reach a conclusion. I even tried Wikipedia with no luck.
Martha, are you still out there? Any Vandellas around that can break this impasse? How about it, Jaynettes? Or, a Toy, perhaps? Cookies, anyone?