Tales from the Atomic Age

Fly-By-Night Fun: Fashion
and Fads, Toys and Trends

While dance trends are not covered here, the go-go dancers of the 1960s are etched in our minds as a visual icon of the decade (usually confined to a large version of a birdcage, the female gyrators typically wore miniskirts and brightly-colored "go-go boots"). Dobie Gray was a fan of the many nightclubs where the girls displayed their assets, saying "See You at the 'Go-Go'" in 1965, then The Miracles were "Going to a Go-Go" in '66 and Lee Dorsey went wild for a ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

The Dave Clark Five

The Dave Clark Five almost (but not quite) led the British Invasion in '64. They're in the middle of the list of the Top 100 Music Artists of the '50s and '60s! ... MORE ››

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Doris Day

Doris Day had a leg up on the competition in the 1950s. She held her own against Patti Page, Kay Starr, Teresa Brewer, Rosemary Clooney and the other top divas of the day. But Doris had another set of showbiz stars to duke it out with: Susan Hayward, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak and Elizabeth Taylor, to name but a few of the era's most popular actresses. Doris gave them all a run before her stock soared in the first half of the '60s, when she left the next group of screen sirens in her dust, including Debbie Reynolds, Sandra Dee, Shirley MacLaine, Julie Andrews and the persistent Liz Taylor, her closest competitor for the distinction of top box office star in America. Bottom line: Doris was/is a superstar...but then you knew ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack The Castaways

Liar, Liar
by the Castaways

I've been to Minneapolis a few times, and from what I can tell, there's a pretty good party atmosphere there. If one of the most memorable Minnesota hits, The Castaways' "Liar, Liar" is any indication, the city is off-the-rails, hang-from-the-balcony party central! This group from Richfield, about ten miles south of Minneapolis, began to take shape around... MORE ››