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  • This Day in Rock History – July 16th

    1972: At the Amphitheater in Washington, D.C., Smokey Robinson performs his final concert with the Miracles. At the end of the show, he introduces his replacement, Billy Griffen.

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Anybody who was anybody in the world of rock was on stage at the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY, to close out the summer of 1969. That is everybody except Joni Mitchell, who wound up writing the hit song that celebrated that historic event.

What frustrated Mitchell and inspired her to pen to the tune was the fact that she was supposed to perform at the festival. Touring with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni wanted to perform at Max Yasgur’s farm, but her manager at the time, the almost-as-famous David Geffen thought she might have trouble getting back to New York City in time for an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show due to the massive traffic jams the 3-day concert was causing in New York state.

So, Geffen let CSN&Y head off to Woodstock, but Joni stayed home and watched coverage of the event with Geffen in a hotel room. While watching that news footage and wishing she could be there, Mitchell began writing the song that would memorialize the event.

To add insult to injury, when her appearance on the Cavett Show rolled around on August 18th, Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young and even Grace Slick, all of whom played the festival and returned to New York City with no problem, were allowed to “crash” Mitchell’s night on the Cavett show to talk about their experience being at the festival.

There was some consolation, CSN&Y recorded her song, “Woodstock,” and took it to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mitchell herself recorded her own version for her Ladies of the Canyon LP. Both versions are still played to this day.

The huge wave of cash that American International Pictures was surfing with their Beach Party pictures (see what we did there?) did not go unnoticed in Hollywood, where imitation is the sincerest way they do business.

Columbia Pictures decided to see if they could catch the same wave with 1964’s Ride the Wild Surf. As AIP cast an East Coast Italian singer as their lead (Frankie Avalon), Columbia signed the guy widely thought to be a less than successful attempt to clone Avalon, Fabian.

Yet Columbia did not produce an even cheaper knockoff of a cheap drive-in flick. Strangely, Columbia actually released what many critics consider the best of all the surf, sand, and sex films that followed in the wake of the original Gidget.

First off, the film focuses on surfing in a way that no other beach picture ever did. The film, including the surfing footage, was shot on location in Hawaii instead of purchasing already-made surfing footage and shooting in California. In addition, Ride the Wild Surf used professional surfers dressed in suits that matched the movie’s male stars. Tab Hunter and Peter Brown also dyed their hair so it better matched the surfers doubling for them.

It’s important because the main plot of the film centers on a surfing competition that pits most of the males in the cast in an endurance contest to see who can last longest in Hawaii’s savage surf. The result is some spectacular surfing footage that the sport’s aficionados say is the best ever used in a mainstream Hollywood film.

The film is also not a comedy. There are no silly subplots with the possible exception of the thankless role given to Barbara Eden. She plays the film’s only “kooky” character. We know she’s kooky because she’s named Augustina or Augie for short. Because, sure, you totally buy a 20-something girl would be named Augie. She’s also an expert in martial arts because why not? She’s kooky, right? And she wants to build her own fireworks. Did we mention she’s kooky?

The rest of the cast gets involved in some seriously complicated love affairs. Tab Hunter is wooing island girl Susan Hart against her mother’s wishes. Fabian is trying to sweep Shelly Fabares off her feet, but Shelly is resisting because Fabian has no ambition in life beyond winning the film’s surfing competition. Peter Brown, the third of the male leads, is trying to convince Barbara Eden that he can be kooky too.

There seems to be some strange hair coloring going on in the film. After giving Peter Brown blonder hair to match his surfing double, producers asked Barbara Eden to dye her blond hair red so she would contrast with her love interest. They asked Shelly Fabares to go blond to contrast with Fabian’s dark hair. Susan Hart’s hair had to go jet black so she’d be believable as an island native.

The cast, which also includes Robert Mitchum’s son, James Mitchum, turn in performances that are better than you might suspect and the film treats the sport of competitive surfing seriously.  The only musical number within the film is a Hawaiian hula performed very seductively by Ms. Hart. The title song, co-written by Brian Wilson (who also provided the title music for the first Beach Party movie) and sung by Jan & Dean makes its only appearance over the movie’s closing credits.

(BTW – Jan & Dean were originally supposed to appear in the movie as Fabian’s surfing buddies. Before shooting started, one of Dean’s friends was involved in a high-profile kidnapping case. His association with the singer received a lot of publicity and the studio moved to replace them with Hunter and Brown. They were still retained to sing the title track.)

Seriously, if you’re in the mood to see a serious beach picture or want a feel for what the surfing craze of the sixties was really like, track down a copy of Ride the Wild Surf and take that last ride!

When you use one of the travel aggregator websites like Expedia or Travelocity, be careful of the prices you see, especially from the so-called budget airlines.

These types of websites only show the base price. Many airlines, again, especially the budget ones, have all kinds of hidden fees…like seat selection, boarding passes (how would you use your ticket without one of these?), the weight of your carry-on luggage, etc. By the time they’re done hitting you with all the extra fees, that ticket may be no budget!

Many of the major airlines have some or all of those amenities built into their ticket price. Do a little research to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples (or airlines to airlines as the case may be).

Much has been written about the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s, when America seemed to be moving past the puritanical 50s. The introduction of the birth control pill was perhaps the biggest event in that battle, but almost as important was the introduction of a little thing called the “topless bathing suit” in 1964.

The suit was designed by Austrian-American designer Rudi Gernreich. Look Magazine was planning a feature on futuristic ideas and asked Rudi to submit what he thought the future held for women’s bathing suits. With the bikini already firmly established on the beaches of America, Gernreich knew he had to go farther, so he designed what he first called the monokini. He was playing off the “bi” part of bikini although that design had been named after an atoll in the Pacific Ocean with the “bi” having nothing to do with “two.” It didn’t matter. The press ignored Rudi’s name and promptly dubbed it what it was: the topless swimsuit.

Gernreich could find no professional model willing to wear it for the Look photoshoot. So, Rudi recruited a personal friend and model Peggy Moffitt to wear it. She agreed, but only if the photos were taken by her husband in a private setting. A shot of Peggy, bare-breasted, appeared first in Women’s Wear Daily.

Look didn’t want bare breasts in what was a family magazine, so they used a rear view of the suit modeled by someone else. When Life Magazine wanted to run a photo of it, Peggy posed again, this time with her arms more discreetly placed across her chest. (That's the photo you see here at the top of the post.)

Gernreich had intended the suit to be a prediction of things to come and initially had not put his monokini into production. But orders for the suit began to pour in. Bowing to demand, Gernreich eventually produced 3,000 units of his knitted suit in several different colors, selling for $24. Just who these suits were sold to and where they were worn is something of a mystery. A few surviving photos show that maybe some made their appearance at private pool parties.

Only two attempts to wear the suit on a public beach are recorded. One was by exotic dancer Carol Doda in San Francisco, mainly to publicize her appearance at the area’s first “topless nightclub.” The second was worn by model Toni Lee Shelley on a Chicago beach. She was arrested.

Exactly how the suits were sold is also a bit murky. One store in Dallas tried displaying the suit on a mannequin, but public protests caused them to pull it from the window. In Milwaukee, a local women’s dress shop had one in their front window, but the cops made them turn the mannequin around, so only the back could be seen.

Gernreich hoped the suit would remove the sexual connotation attributed to women’s breasts. In that, he failed completely. But in advancing the sexual revolution, adding the word “topless” to our sexual lexicon, and encouraging more revealing clothing for women (the thong-bottom swimsuit would arrive 25 years later), he was a smashing success!

One of the saddest truths about getting older is we develop aches and pains that simply do not go away. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can reduce chronic pain, whether it’s back pain, neck pain, or somewhere else.

Experts say physical therapy can help if practiced regularly. The key is commitment. Don’t try it for a while and then give up. If you have an insurance plan that allows you to see a therapist or attend their clinic, great! But there are also exercises you can do at home daily and for free.

Get with your physician and see if you can work out a plan that will have you feeling better and more active for years to come.