Music Night, November 22, 2013 – 50 years later

I had something all prepped up to play by the Dixie Chicks when I realized what a knucklehead I was. It’s 50 years today after the Kennedy assassination and one song came immediately to mind. I had completely forgotten that it was recorded by Dion (once of Dion & The Belmonts) and found it serendipitous that a YouTube video memorialized Dion on the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour.

55 thoughts on “Music Night, November 22, 2013 – 50 years later

  1. Back in the late 60’s as I came into the age of majority, I couldn’t embrace the whole hippy movement thing. I was a rebel, I didn’t agree with much of anything from either side. Something told me there was a better way, a middle ground.

    I still don’t know the answer but one song has always resonated with me. I enjoyed the movie and much of what it said, though not all of it because, to me, the song said more than the movie.

  2. Late 60’s early 70’s I was 8-9 and my brother was 18-19. When he came home from University on weekends I would listen to his records with him. Led Zeppelin was my fav. Black Dog

  3. Born in 1964…. and being British, no memories of either Kennedy or King’s assassinaiton. I grew up on Irish terrorist bombings, Black September and the aftermath.

    Anyway here’s a song for the mood, Alan Hull (Nov 17th 1995).

  4. I was in 7th period lunch in the cafeteria eating and listening to this song which was interrupted with the news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Yes, the school played music in the cafeteria.

  5. Just out of curiosity, who was America’s last balladeer? And if you think the ballad isn’t dead, who are our current balladeers?

    • Bob Dylan is not on Youtube but his songs are performed by others.
      I have no clue who is performing Black Diamond Bay but I like his voice. It’s clear and the words are clear.

      Another Dylan ballad and one of my favorites.

  6. There is no sound on this video.

    My cousin, Tricia, and I were in that crowd – up front! The police motorcycle officers ‘swept’ the crowd back so we didn’t see JFK in front of us but did get a glimpse! (we went to catholic school so were let out for half a day).

    02 November 1960

  7. There’s a radio station here (KFAI) that plays a program on Friday nights called Jet Set Planet. Lounge at it’s best (or worst). Anyway, they were playing this tune called Despair from Les Baxter. It’s the first song on this video. It’s so hideous I had to share.

    • Thanks, zxbe – I thought you liked us?
      I made it 2 minutes.
      This sounds like a ’50s avant garde experimental played in dive bar.

      • Ebb, I have no idea what that album was trying to be. Les Baxter was the king of cheesy music back then.

        You at least made it 2 minutes, which was brave. I was trapped in the car. I could have changed the station, but like watching a wreck, I really wanted to hear where the song went (if anywhere) and most importantly, I had to know the name of it.

      • Not surprising. 😀
        That song was in the movie The In Crowd, about a teen, played by Donovan Leitch, who gets to dance on a Philly dance show, in the aftermath of Dick Clark moving Bandstand to the west coast. Leitch is the son of 1960s singer-songwriter Donovan.

  8. Some great lounge music goes with this Dulles airport documentary. Talks mostly about the famed Dulles moving gate/lounges on wheels. The plane doesn’t come to the gate. The gate goes to the plane. Reducing all the walking for passengers.

    • One song Linda Ronstadt covered, had a hit record with, that wasn’t any better than the original. Maybe Ooh, Baby Baby was the only other one.

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