This sizzling single hit the airwaves and record stores the first week of August back in 1964. Propelled by insistent drumming from co-writer Marvin Gaye, instrumental backing by Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers, vocal backing by the Vandellas, and Martha Reeve’s soaring lead vocal, “Dancing in the Street” seemed to be playing everywhere on portable transistor AM radios, 45 rpm record players and dance parties all over the country. Continue reading
Today’s post is aimed at young people who can’t seem to find the perfect gift for older relatives like parents and grandparents. Here’s a tip: the olds like music and TV shows from when they were young like you. It’s called nostalgia. And the most part, they’re not technologically savvy. They don’t get their music from Spotify or Pandora. They don’t stream video from Netflix or Hulu. They think a torrent is heavy rainstorm.
Yes, boomers and seniors like CDs and DVDs. It’s technology they understand and can hold in their hands. These are people who still cling to landlines, own VCRs and buy cars with CD changers. Give them something they’ll find comfortably familiar: a CD or DVD box set from Time Life. For a limited time, there’s free shipping on all orders.
Boom Cube is a tiny speaker, just one inch square, that produces big sound when connected to an iPod, smartphone, tablet or laptop. Back in the 1980s, you had to carry an enormous boom box on your shoulder in order to blast your cassette mix tapes at maximum volume to an unwilling audience. It also cost a fortune to keep them in D-size batteries. If you had one of those new-fangled Sony Walkmans, you could enjoy your music privately, but without a way to share your superior musical tastes with strangers on public transportation.
The Carol Burnett Show appeared weekly on CBS from 1967 to 1978, winning 25 Emmy Awards for its cast and crew. One of the last classic comedy/variety TV series, the show featured strong supporting cast members including Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. Each week, this talented cast performed outrageously funny comedy sketches and memorable musical numbers, assisted by guest appearances from almost every major star of screen and stage.
If you’re over 50, you’re probably familiar with the Music of Your Life radio format, broadcasting audio nostalgia since 1978. It’s currently heard on more than 50 radio stations nationwide, playing a wide variety of popular music from decades past. In an exciting collaboration, Time Life has now joined with Music of Your Life radio DJ (and ex-Hollywood Squares host) Peter Marshall to assemble a 10-CD collection of timeless love songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Public spaces were a little more tuneful back in the 1980s. Sure, some music lovers were listening privately with the new Sony Walkman. But the eighties was also the decade of the boombox. Dedicated music lovers made cassette mixtapes from vinyl singles and LPs, hoisted improbably large and loud portable stereos onto their shoulders, then traveled the urban landscape on foot to lovingly share their favorite music whether you wanted to hear it or not. They spent all their disposable income and overflowed landfills with mounds of the D batteries giant boomboxes consumed eight or ten at a time.
The musical landscape of the 1960s wasn’t all about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Radio and record racks made plenty of room for Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Ed Ames, Vikki Carr, The Lettermen, Shriley Bassey, and many other artists that weren’t quite ready to rock. They’re all here in this new Time-Life CD collection, Pop Memories of the ’60s. No Beatles, Stones, Cream, Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Jefferson Airplane or Led Zeppelin. Just easy listening goodness. Forget the Xanax. Just rip these discs to your iPod, slap on the earbuds and experience instant bliss.
Your Savvy Shopper is a HUGE fan of classic country music. This week I’m excited to introduce The Golden Age of Country 10-CD Collection from Time-Life to a jaded world desperately in need of a dose of real, authentic, classic country music from the 1950s and 60s. Country artists tended to re-record most of their repertoire every time they changed record labels, but Time-Life keeps it real by always using the original classic recordings. Hank Williams, George Jones, Buck Owens, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Elvis, Roger Miller, and many, many more. No matter what kind of contemporary music you like best, some of its roots are here in classic country. I’ve spent over thirty years collecting these songs on LP, cassette, CD and MP3. With The Golden Age of Country, you can get them all in one collection. The well-produced infomercial is hosted by country legend Mickey Gilley and TV personality Lorianne Chase from Crook and Chase.