Prepping (1940s) illustration by Irving Nurick
A lot has changed since then.
Picture this. A modern teenager discovers Shady Dell Music & Memories, samples my play list and discovers that he or she doesn't know any of the songs or people who recorded them. Typical, right? Maybe, but in this instance the reason is not what you think. You see, the teen isn't puzzled because my 60s music is too ancient. The young blog visitor is drawing a blank because it's too recent! This seemingly far fetched scenario did not unfold in some bizarro world in
a distant parallel universe. It is actually happening today... right here... right now... and I couldn't be more excited!
There's a movement afoot and music is only one aspect. Generation Green is recycling bottles, cans, clothing and other products, reducing their carbon footprint and taking back our world from those who would destroy it.
Sunday Pictorial Review (Los Angeles Examiner, 1952)
illustration by Fritz Willis
Modern Vintagers and Eco-Thrifters are Goodwill hunting, shopping smart, saving money and promoting an alternative retro-inspired lifestyle, not because they have to, because they want to. There's no lecturing, coaxing or arm twisting required. It is their calling and their credo: Go Vintage!
Country Girl (1948) by Arnold Armitage
In growing numbers today's teenagers and 20-somethings are renouncing the mean, misogynistic mass media madness and turning back the clock to a simpler time, embracing America's cultural heritage, the music, movies, art, literature, fashion, manners, attitudes and values of the past.
Our Knowlege & Experience at Your Command (1952)
by Knute "K.O." Munson
These young people are discovering, resurrecting, adopting as their own and celebrating the Age of Innocence and True Romance that existed 50, 60, 70 and 80 years ago. They are identifying all that was good and right about the era, bringing it back alive, and making it popular all over again.
Jill Needs Jack (1950) by Gil Elvgren
In honor of these exceptional young people I present seven vintage recordings along with some of my favorite pin-up art and illustration. Each of these records reached #1 on the hit parade in 1950 during my first year of life. I don't remember half of these songs and you probably don't either. Why? Because we're too young. Get it?
Untitled by Harry Eckman
The exhilarating point that I'm trying to make is that some
of our children and grandchildren are already into this stuff - recorded material that was not only way before their time, hell, it was before our time, too. Listen to these seven songs. Discover what today's young people are discovering. Experience what they're experiencing. Feel what they are feeling. It's a great feeling to have!
Up - In Central Park (1950) by Gil Elvgren
#1 in January 1950
"I Can Dream, Can't I" - Andrews Sisters
Barnyard by Walt Otto
#1 in February 1950
"Dear Hearts and Gentle People"
- Bing Crosby
Untitled (1946) by Jules Erbit
#1 in March 1950
"Music! Music! Music!" - Teresa Brewer
with Dixieland All Stars
The Girl with the Lemon Colored Hair (Cosmopolitan, 1943)
illustration by Walter Baumhofer
#1 in May 1950
"If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've
Baked a Cake" - Eileen Barton
Wave of Delight (1950s) by Bill Medcalf
#1 in July 1950
"I Wanna Be Loved" - Andrews Sisters
Untitled illustration by Walt Otto
#1 in August 1950
"Mona Lisa" - Nat "King" Cole
Queen's Rain (1962) by Gil Elvgren
#1 in August 1950
"All My Love (Bolero)" - Patti Page
Are you still doubting Thomas?
Finding it hard to believe me when I tell you
that there are young people out there today
who are all about yesterday? Then it's time
for you to meet one.
Young Vintage Girl blog.
A Tennessee teen named after Elvis the King, Presley has found a home among the stars of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I suspect that
she knows more about the entertainers of the WWII era than most of us baby boomers. A sweet, polite person and fine singer, Presley captures the very essence
of living greats like Doris Day and channels the spirits of departed legends like Marilyn Monroe.
"Anyone Can See I Love You" (performed by Marilyn Monroe
in the 1948 motion picture Ladies of the Chorus)
Presley is a poised and professional singer, but what strikes me most about her is the spirit of a bygone era that shines through her eyes and is reflected in her demeanor. As you watch Presley you get a sense that she is an old soul, the reincarnation of kinder, gentler people of an earlier time.
"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (performed by Doris Day
in the 1953 musical motion picture of the same name.
Not your typical teenager?
God willing...perhaps she soon will be.
"He's Home for a Little While" (#11 chart hit as performed
by Dinah Shore in 1945/also recorded in 1945 by Doris Day
accompanied by Les Brown's Band of Renown)
I salute Presley and those like her. They represent a new wave of youth that
is spreading its influence through society, not as
a cancer but as a cure. Presley and her peers are
a revolutionary vanguard, deftly bypassing the sleaze and smut that permeates their modern world. They are the rebirth of a long lost generation of Americans that stood for decency and moral integrity. Presley is part of a generation unchained, refusing to follow the herd, thinking for themselves, making up their own minds and exercising their freedom of expression. It's time for all of us to learn what Presley and other outstanding young citizens of the world have already learned.
You have a choice.
You always have a choice.
Girl at Mirror (1954) by Norman Rockwell
Have a Shady day!