Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Grad Nite - 1969

Welcome to Grad Nite 1969!

The art work on the cover of the program is great!

The program opens up to a large 20 inch section with lots of entertainment for 1969, The Righteous Brothers & a bunch of other folks I've never heard of except in these programs...


Katella Gate said...

The only band on this list that I recall (aside from R. Bros.) is "Friends of Distinction", kind of a 5th Dimension light... They had a few hits at this time, you might remember "Grazing in the Grass"...

Looking at these grad nite booklets, I am pretty shocked how quickly the buttoned down mid-century style collapsed in favor of 70's psychedelica. You can feel the old edifice start to totter in the 1966 graphics, and by 1969 it's all over.

I would love to have been on the Art Department meetings as they wrestled with taming counter-cultural (and anti-cultural) graphic elements and bringing them into line with the Disney style.

Major Pepperidge said...

Katella Gate, you crack me up. "... a 5th Dimension light"! I didn't know such a thing was possible.

Something tells me that the Disney artists were hanging on to the clean cut, conservative look as long as they could. The style of the illustration resembles Bob Peak's stuff (though not as good). Interesting to see!

RAPman said...

In addition to the Righteous Brothers and Friends of Distinction I recognize three other musical acts. Tommy Roe had hits with the singles: "Sheila" (Sheila said she loved me, She said she'd never leave me), "Dizzy" (I'm so dizzy my head is spinnin', Like a whirlpool it never ends, And it's you girl makin' it spin) "Sweet Pea" (Oh, Sweet Pea come on and dance with me). Sheila and Dizzy both reached #1.

Merilee Rush had a hit with "Angel of the Morning" in 1968. Thirteen years later it was an even bigger hit for Juice Newton.

Shango was a rock quartet led by Tommy Reynolds, later of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. Another member was actor Stuart Margolin -- best known as the weaselly, freeloading con man Angel Martin in the television series The Rockford Files. Shango's best-known recording was a song that came out in early 1969, a modest novelty hit called "Day After Day (It's Slippin' Away)", a tongue-in-cheek jab at doomsday predictions that California was destined to be destroyed anytime soon by an earthquake. It was sung in Calypso style:
Day after day, more people come to L.A.
Ssh! Don't you tell anybody the whole place is slipping away.
Where can we go when there's no San Francisco?
Ssh! Better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho.

You can hear it at:

I was surprised that under "The Righteous Brothers" it said "Starring Bobby Hatfield". So where was the other Brother, Bill Medley? Then I read at Medley's Wikipedia page, "The duo broke up in 1968, but Medley continued with Virgil Beckham singing Hatfield's parts." I assume on June 6, 1969 someone besides Medley was singing his parts. Bobby Hatfield was a 1958 graduate of Anaheim High School.