tidying rummaging in the cupboard and came
across a pile of old LPs. This HMV one -
Dance to the Top Pops with
Joe Loss and his Orchestra
belonged to my Mum and Dad and dates from 1964.
When we were little my brother and I would practice dancing to this record and it was always taken up to my Granny's house on new year's day. We usually had a party there with all my aunts and uncles. Granny only liked Scottish music - Kenneth McKellar and Andy Stewart, so this record was played non-stop as it was the only "modern" music in the house!
I remember we would have "twisting" competitions (it was a dance - remember?)! Categories -
who could twist the longest without getting a stitch in their sidewho could twist the lowest and stay there
who could do that step that looked like you were stubbing out a fag end - the longest - Granny didn't like that one - worried about her carpets! (We didn't really stub ciggies out on her carpet)!!!!
Of course my brother and I always won!
Look at the title list - Foxtrot Medley - they've split the tunes up into actual dances! (Perhaps I should send this to "Strictly Come Dancing" - some of their music choices seem a bit strange this year!)
Joe Loss was tremendously popular with my parents' generation and the music is brilliant. I found a clip on YouTube - have a listen to this track - Shake Medley from this LP - so evocative of those times!