Category Archives: 60s

The Whites Of Mayberry

Several years ago Andy Griffith, star of stage and screen, passed away years after Marilyn Monroe with whom he shared the same birthdate. The North Carolina native debuted as a hick comedian from the wrong side of the tracks and Griffith parlayed this success into a film career with critical hits in A FACE IN […]

JOHNNY B GOODE / Chuck Berry and John Lennon

Back in 1972 ohn Lennon, Chuck Berry, Yoko Ono and other musician played JOHNNY B GOODE on the Mike Douglas Show, Yoko sang back-up until a tech thankfully pulled Yoko’s mike lead out of the amp. To watch JOHNNY B GOODE please go to this URL

SNOW DAY by Peter Nolan Smith

This morning I woke up to a heavy snow falling fast on the Fort Greene Observatory and I asked the head curator AP, if he was sending his two young children to school. “Of course I am.” AP worked from home and his kids like all kids were attention-seekers. “So no snow day?” The blizzard […]

FUCK, SHIT, CUNT, PISS / Boston Avatar

Mel Lyman played banjo and harmonica for the Jim Kweskin Jug Band out of Boston in the 60s. The charismatic musician formed a neo-transcendental commune on Fort Hill in economically depressed Roxbury and in 1967 released a bi-weekly journal called AVATAR espousing the re-birth of the inner-self as reflected by the glory of Mel Lyman. […]

Sammie Was Black

Only one black man earned a spot with Sinatra’s Rat Pack in Las Vegas. Sammy Davis Junior. Mister Show Business might have been the token black for the Silent Majority, but Mr. Show Business was well aware of his place in the white world after a stint in the Army. “Overnight the world looked different. […]