Tag: 1960s songs
“Hot Fun In The Summertime” – Sly and the Family Stone – 1969
(#6 from the Summer Fun Quiz)
Category: Music Quiz
Congratulations to Debra A. for being the first person to correctly identify the songs and artists from our Summer Fun Quiz! And a great job by Howard T., Betsy S., and Carol T., who also submitted correct answers!
And the answers are:
#1 Surfin’ Safari, The Beach Boys
#2 Heat Wave, Martha And The Vandellas
#3 My Summer Love, Ruby And The Romantics
#4 Surfer Boy, The Supremes
#5 Summertime Blues, Blue Cheer (also accepted Eddie Cochran, although his was a 1950′s recording)
#6 Hot Fun In The Summertime, Sly And The Family Stone
#7 Summer Rain, Johnny Rivers
#8 Groovy Summertime, The Love Generation
#9 Summer In The City, The Lovin’ Spoonful
“Surfin’ Safari”, The Beach Boys – 1962
(answer #1 from the Summer Fun Quiz)
Category: Music Quiz
Delightfully Closing the Generation Gap with “The Midtown Men”
IN ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC / BY MARC S. BORIOSI (The Levity Ball, Top Entertainment News Source)/ ON JANUARY 27, 2013 AT 6:44 PM /
Attending a concert is one of the many bonding experiences that parents have shared with their children for hundreds of years. Whether it be the Renaissance period halls of Europe or the modern stadium seats of the local civic center, there are few experiences as exciting as attending a live concert. With modern concerts however, all too often something just feels missing. Performers all too frequently seem dry, unexcited, and as though they don’t really want to be there. This is especially true when comparing the concerts of today to those of the 1960s era. Thankfully though, there is now a group that not only sounds like one of the rock groups from the 60s, but also makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time 50 years and are truly in 1965 watching the likes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
The group of whom I speak is none other than The Midtown Men. The Midtown Men are four gentlemen who originally performed in the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys which was the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Now, having moved on from the Broadway show that brought them together, they tour as The Midtown Men, and perform numerous hit songs from the 1960s rock area. The interesting part about this group, however, is not the fact that you are getting to hear 60s era music live in concert; it’s the fact that The Midtown Men are so incredible at the portrayal of their characters that you truly believe you are watching a rock group from the 60s.
It isn’t merely the music that you will hear at one of their shows, but also the feelings that being in the audience is certain to bring. Before you know it you will be screaming right along with hundreds of others, just like a Beatles groupie. This is an amazing bonding experience for you and your children or grandchildren as it allows a younger generation to truly bear witness to just how it felt to be present at the dawn of the rock and roll era. This feeling of pure joyful entertainment is not something that is given by many modern musical groups of the present.
So, if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who are close to one of the tour locations for The Midtown Men, then do not miss the opportunity to take your family to one of the best shows to hit the stage in more than 40 years. Take a step back in time, hold your baby, and enjoy the groovy feelings of the rock and roll age all over again.
Valerie Smaldone, 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, midday host of New York’s 106.7, FM, and friend to The Midtown Men, was in attendance at the Men’s Gramercy Theatre Showcase. Valerie shared her thoughts on the Men and the show on The Three Tomatoes website:
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From Boys…into Men!
Do you love the Broadway show Jersey Boys? Are you into the music of the 60′s? How about a combination of those two, with a fresh twist? Pour that musical concoction into a martini shaker and you get The Midtown Men, four handsome, supremely talented gentlemen who perform music that you know and have loved. The Midtown Men consist of Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer. This group is the first vocal group every formed by the original cast of a Broadway show.
Wearing sharp suits, and engaging smiles, The Midtown Men, along with their 11 piece band took the stage at The Gramercy Theatre Sunday night, and had the crowd on their feet. Superstar singers from the 60′s were there too, including Gene Cornish of The Rascals, the fabulous Marilyn Maye, Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles, and Judy Craig Mann of The Chiffons, all enjoying the evening.The songs that they choose are classic 60′s, and their harmonies are amazing, as well as their good-natured teasing of each other.
You may have caught them recently on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, or the Late Show with Letterman, or The Tonight Show. And they are on the road!The Midtown Men have quite a touring schedule ahead of them, and they are coming back to the East in the Spring. You can catch them in Stamford, Connecticut on May 17, in Princeton, New Jersey on May 18, and Morristown, New Jersey on June 7. If you live in other parts of the country, they are hitting all corners of the US, so go their website to find out more.
In addition to more information about the group and their touring schedule, you can also purchase their music at the STORE on The Midtown Men website. Click here to visit the STORE.
In honor of the Birthday of our Country, The Midtown Club offered this “patriotic” take on a 60s music quiz!
Congratulations to our winners – Sally B., Sharon W., Tricia B., Debra S., Kim C. and Carol T.! They were all able to fill in the correct lyrics (see below) to these patriotic songs from the 1960s.
100 men will test today,
but only three
win THE GREEN BERET
ONLY IN AMERICA
Can a kid without a cent
Get a break and maybe grow up to be President
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walk up over the hill,
With ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN
Counting the cars
On the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come
TO LOOK FOR AMERICA
This patriotic folk song was penned in 1940, but was brought back to life in the 1960s, when several folk singers recorded their own versions:
As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME
Category: Music Quiz