DFHC 4/16/2011

item 1 >>> Now Playing  She Likes Weeds    Guess what? The Dutch group the Tee Set recorded a lot more than just “Ma Belle Amie”…this is about a witchy woman…

item 2 >>> LQQK @ †h∆†!  Try a Little Tenderness   This is actually kind of spooky…it was done on  the Cleveland TV show Upbeat the day before Otis Redding and most of his band died in a plane crash in 1967. Guess it wouldn’t be appropriate to make fun of the horn section’s hairdos, huh? But what a performance, whew! Also interesting is the often-heard contention that he didn’t want to record this song…he loved Sam Cooke’s live LP version, and didn’t want to try to top it…so he recorded it in what he considered a jokey style, that nobody would ever seriously release. End result: big hit…and here he is, doing that self same version on TV. Maybe the story is bunk…or maybe he came to see that he’d delivered a pretty powerful treatment in spite of himself…

item 3 >>> Double or NothingThat image Thursday of the 1959 Oldsmobile’s split-apart headlights reminded me of a story from May’s Hemmings Classic Cars magazine, which just goes to show there are some strange things in this world, that don’t happen very often, but do happen. Like an auto dealership selling the same car to the same person twice. This wasn’t a case of multiple buyer’s remorse over a period of weeks or months, but actually 2 complete full-price purchases. It seems a rancher in Colorado, as a last-ditch effort to save his marriage, bought a brand new 1959 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday SportSedan for his wife. Didn’t work…she left with the kids and the car. Soon after, she traded it in for a different model, because it reminded her of him. On a whim, the salesman called the rancher and wondered if he might want it back…and because it reminded him of her (sob! sniff!) he bought it a second time, and stored it in a barn, much to the annoyance of his eventual 2nd wife. Ya can’t make this stuff up, dear friends…

BTW, this here is a SceniCoupe, not a SportSedan, which had a rear overhang roof…I just think this one is cooler, plus I like the paint scheme…sue me…

item 4 >>>…And Doubled Down…Do you remember when the “quad” headlights craze hit in 1958, you could update your 1957 like this. But you gotta wonder at the price in today’s dollars…a little steep just to be up-to-date, but such was the annual styling turnover…kind of like when you were in high school, a Junior dating a Sophomore…one measly year made a ton of difference. And I like where they say that this unit “slips” in…and they put slips in quotation marks…uh-oh. Reminds me of the Handyman’s Rule: Measure Twice, Cut Once, Beat into Place…

item 5 >>> Sudsy Bubbles Bursting in the BreezeIn the news, ABC has cancelled 2 of its soap operas, One Life to Live and All My Children. Once they’re gone, that will leave just 4….4!…remaining daytime sudsers, as they’re called in the trade. I read back in 1999, in an article from the L.A. Times, that between 1969 and 1970, there was a period when 19 soaps were running simultaneously on the networks’ daytime schedule, a record. I was able to confirm that number, even narrowed down the dates, and was going to make a chart but the net beat me to it…

item 6 >>> When Did They Do Housework?…As you can see, CBS had a marathon from 11:30 in the morning till 4 in the afternoon, with just a half-hour time-out….and many stations filled that slot with syndicated re-runs of Peyton Place, which had ended its 5-year run in prime-time the year before. As to the specific time period, on March 30, 1970, 3 new soaps debuted…on NBC, Somerset, a spinoff of Another World…and on ABC, trying hard to play catch-up, A World Apart and The Best of Everything. Only 2 of these new shows made it to year’s end, as TBOE last aired on September 25th. But for those 6 months, there were indeed 19 network daytime soap operas to choose from. Well, 21 if you count the PP repeats…popular enough to spawn the first-run soap Return to Peyton Place in 1972…and the syndicated Strange Paradise, a Dark Shadows knockoff…

item 7 >>> Now Wait a Minute…or a Quarter of an Hour…what about the 1950s? After all, until debut of the half-hour Edge of Night and As the World Turns, both on April 2, 1956, TV soap operas were just 15 minutes long, as they were on the radio. Couldn’t there have been more than 19 at one time? Well, I skimmed a couple a daytime schedules and counted up to 15 at once, so it’s conceivable…I will research it fully and let you know. The thing working against that possibility is that only CBS and NBC were in the game…ABC’s first soap, the 30-minute Road to Reality, didn’t debut until 1960…and when they put on General Hospital in 1963, it was only their 2nd soap ever. And in case you’re wondering, the last traditional hold-outs were Search For Tomorrow and The Guiding Light, both expanding to half an hour in September of 1968.

 item 8 >>> Big D, My Oh Yes…I was a big General Hospital fan during the classic “Luke & Laura” era…I remember Demi Moore, John Stamos, Jack Wagner, and of course MacGuyver when they were on. Amazing how addictive they could be…I recall my Italian grandfather, after he retired, cooking up a big plate of spaghett’ and happily planting himself down to watch his “stories”…yes, grandfather. I was a GHer well into the 1980s, until, shall we say, “real life caught up with me,” leave it at that. Actually, I had gotten hooked several years before, back when I was going to a broadcasting school in Boston after college. I would race home on my bike, stop off at Taco Bell to grab a bag of mini’s (which I don’t believe they make anymore) and get home in time for The Secret Storm. In fact, I’d only been watching for about 6 months when it was cancelled, altho it was cool the last week, as they neatly wrapped up all the plot-lines. And I also got a kick out of Dallas…who didn’t? But did you know, it started out as a mini-series? True dat…5 consecutive Sundays in April, 1978…then “Season 2” began in earnest  that Fall…

item 9 >>> And Speaking of Actual Soap…this campaign has always been one of my favorites, from 1970…(This guy has favorite advertisements? You betcha…say, how long have you been reading DFHC, anyhow?) Not for nothing, but why does Sheila remind me of those creepy elf cookie-jars? And I’m betting that finger she’s holding up isn’t really her finger…sure, they were pulling that kind of crap waaaaay before the invention of Photoshop, absolutely…

item 10 >>> And rounding out today’s posting, heh heh…go to bed with a hunk, why dontcha?

Wicked Ballsy 

Or how about this one from Germany, 1973…those glasses…that mouth….¡ay yi yi!…I wonder if German mothers threatened their babes with Johanna if they put up a fuss at bedtime…nooooooooooooo!


shameless cold-water plugs für die Waschmaschine, gegen Schmutz…

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