Monday, January 19, 2009

Trip One: Bond James Bond

For our first trip we step back to the year 1966.
When I was 11/12 years old and a whole year seemed to take forever.
Girls, that's all that was on my mind. Girls and music. I was still recovering for a serious crush on Hailey Mills and like most guys I had the hots for Brigitte Bardot (seen right).
When we were kids it wasn't unusual for us to head downtown by ourselves on the bus to go catch a Matinee or two. Movies were a quarter dollar and the bus was a dime including the return trip.
My buddy Maki and I were splitting drum lessons together downtown so on Saturday mornings we would be off to the largest department store in town, the Hudson Bay store on Jasper Avenue.
Once inside we'd head straight for the basement cafeteria and purchase a new item called a malt. It was just soft malted ice cream in a cup for 15 cent we'd get a large cup full and head up to the third floor where the color TVs were and turn on the Saturday morning cartoons.
By the time the malt was done it was time to head over to Tait Music (called Music Men
at the time) for our lessons with Famous Last Word's drummer Al Girard.
Those were the days.

For Music:
In Canada for 1966 the Beatles would dominate the number one spot four times, three of those times with something that was invented just for them.
It was called a double A-side single. In other words the B-side was just as popular and got just as many radio requests as the A-side. Those records were...
Day Tripper/We can Work It Out (considered a double A-side)
Nowhere Man/What Goes On
Paperback Writer/Rain (considered a double A-side)
Yellow Submarine/Elenore Rigby (considered a double A-side)
And although the Canadian No.1 spot was held by 13 separate British acts for a total of 23 weeks the American's were showing strong representation.
The Monkees were starting to rock big time with "The Last Train To Clarksville".

Sadly no Canadian number ones in Canada that year.
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For Movies:
The Oscar for Best Picture went to "A Man For All Seasons" which I've never seen.
The one movie from that year that I did really want to see was "Thunderball" staring Sean Connery but it was rated "R" for Restricted Adult.
Now, I have subsequently seen "Thunderball" about 3 dozen times and I don't get it.?? Can anyone can tell me why that movie was rated Restricted Adult??
Maybe it's because Tom Jones sings the balls off that title song.

Elvis did "Spinout" that year and another big movie highlight for me was Adam West and Burt Ward in the movie "Batman".

Walt Disney died on Dec 15 1966 and 6 days later Kiefer Sutherland was born, coincidence? Hardly.

What do you recall from that time?
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