Julie Andrews’ golden years are long behind her. The Sound of Music, which played at one of the Hanover Street Houses, actually sported a poster boasting that this movie musical — the first flick to surpass the gross of Gone With the Wind in dollars unadjusted for inflation — had played for over a year.
As a kid whose mother had you on a short leash, possibly even paying you the indignity of holding your hand downtown as you strutted your six-year-old stuff on a Long Tuesday, passing by this poster and the real poster of a frowning Christopher Plummer…
Up through the early 1970s, Hollywood released movies in a way quite different from now. The prestigious “A” pictures were “road-showed” whereas the programmers — the B’s were sent out to attract the cash in less prestigious theaters.
The State Theatre would only show road-show pictures and “first run” releases. Either The Strand or The Palace managed to bag The Sound of Music in the mid-60s, but they were on the way to their slide into porno grind houses. One of them, I think it was The Strand, had pictures of Hollywood stars on the wall, but they were outdated…
I made my debut on the all-world stage right just smack dab before the opening of the 1960s — made it with a couple of months to spare before the calendar turned to a new decade — so movie music for me begins with The Beatles, and A Hard Days’s Night.
Manchester, New Hampshire was still a working mill town then, The textile mills were expiring or already dead by February 1964, when I watched as part of my nuclear family in that nuclear age (there no choice as there was one TV set in entire house set-up in the…
How can you pick favorite songs from bands like the Beatles or the Stones, as there are so many. So I picked some offbeat ones… Underlined selections could be used for a Top 10 list — today… who knows about tomorrow.
#1 song would be “Sunshine of Your Love.” Today… It actually reminds me a girl in a strip club, who performed to it while making some moves I’d never seen before — or since.
The Beatles: “I’m So Tired,” (a performance worthy to be called Brandoeqdque), “And Your Bird Can Sing,” “Yer Blues” (my favorite Beatles song actually is…
“The 50's. What a beautiful time…. As everybody knows, the birth of rock ’n’ roll in the 50’s changed music so much, and it was such a thrill. And in the 50’s, where I was, there was an optimism in the air, a feeling of a bright and shiny future.”
It took awhile for rock ’n’ roll to really impact the scoring of motion pictures. By the mid-60’s, the scoring of movies was about to change.
Mike Nichols won the Academy Award for directing The Graduate (1967), which was one of the most popular and…
The End Reprise (Willard Kills Kurtz)
The Ride of the Valkyries: AirCav Attack on Village
Rock around the Clock opening sequence (Toad’s scooter gets away from him)
Ace and Ginger: “Love is Strange” (song and slow mo sequence starts at 1:50)
Alice Cooper: School’s Out for Summer
MANCHESTER, NH — The Queen City was still a working mill town in the mid-1960s. The textile mills were expiring or already dead, though the shoe shops were still in business. They wouldn’t be wiped out until there was a flood of Italian imports until the 1970s.
One indelible memory comes from a road trip to Daytona Beach Florida with my father. When we were going south on I-95 in North Carolina, he told us to get ready — the said, “Look to the left.”
We did and were startled by the WAUMBEC MILL sign stuck to the side of…
MANCHESTER, NH — Former Mayor Ted Gatsas announced he will not seek a rematch with Joyce Craig in 2021. Gatsas’ eight years in office ended four years ago, when he was decisively defeated by Craig, the first woman to be elected mayor of the Queen City.
The defeat handed to him by Craig is the only political contest Gatsas lost in his long political career. In their first match-up in 2015, he won by the razor thin margin of 64 votes, after a recount.
A pragmatic, business-oriented Republican, Ted Gatsas represents Manchester as the Executive Councilor from District Four.
MANCHESTER, NH — Now that former Mayor Ray Wieczorek has endorsed Victoria Sullivan rather than his former chief of staff Richard H. Girard, the big names remaining in the Republican endorsement pool — other than Governor Chris Sununu — are Executive Councilor Ted Gatsas and Alderman at Large Joe Kelly Levasseur.
There were rumors at the end of 2020 that Governor Sununu was pressuring Gatsas to run, again, against incumbent Joyce Craig. Congressional candidate Matt Mayberry, who lost the 2020 GOP nomination for Congress in the First District, was enthusiastic about a Gatsas candidacy.
MANCHESTER, NH — Former five-term Mayor Ray Wieczorek is the latest Republican heavyweight to endorse Victoria Sullivan in her campaign. Sullivan also has been backed by former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, whom sources from within The Beltway say may take on Maggie Hassan in a rematch.
Mayor Wieczorek said, “Victoria is the leader we need right now for the Manchester we love…. Victoria will be a listening Mayor and a Mayor of the people, which is why I enthusiastically support her in her campaign.”
Ward 12 Alderman Keith Hirschmann, School Committee Member at Large Joe Lachance and former Manchester GOP…