Some of the 1960s teenybopper stuff is actually really good!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Joshua277456, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. Joshua277456

    Joshua277456 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Well it means that too - meanings change and words carry over. It's a word that isn't very clearly defined. Kind of like the word "Jazz", try and define the word Jazz
     
  2. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Yeah, I think in the 50's teenybopper was coined because the oldsters called rock and roll or doowop or whatever..bop music.
    After that, the term was recycled to reference music younger girls and boys liked, but the music certainly wasn't called bop music at that point.
     
  3. Joshua277456

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    What if people still referred to it as bop music? That would be cool. I love bop music from the 1950s and 1960s
     
  4. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Well, you could... bop at the hop, with the Big Bopper .:D
     
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  5. Tommy SB

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    The 60's were full of gems. Ricky Nelson was more than teenybopper but this song seem to fit the OP...

     
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  6. varispeed

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    I think I regularly heard the word "teenybopper" on the old Gidget tv show or maybe the Patty Duke show. That was probably my first experience with the word.

    As to Lesley Gore, and beyond my love for "Maybe I Know" and "It's My Party".... I'll say that "California Nights" (as I remember) landed on the mainstream rotation about the same moment as Cherish and Good Vibrations .... and I considered all three masterpieces. No way I thought of California Nights as teenybopper. If anything, it was borderline porno for its day.... and I mean that in a FANTASTIC way. I loved it when that would play over the radio.

    That multitracked guitar intro is so yummy.... AND..... in the middle, after having been singing for two minutes about being in love and nights on the beach etc... things get a little down low eerie silent...Lesley goes into the "love you baby"...lets out that sexy groan "umhh". and sails into the stratosphere with the really high "baby". I don't know about anyone else, but that little section always made me picture final ecstasy moments after an hour of groping hands and the sand getting worked into ....... never mind. But definitely not teenybopper stuff. Woah, I'm all worked up. I better go listen to "Rice Is Nice" for a while.

    As to the other posts of other clips of other songs from the "California Nights" album.... well, that's the first time I've heard those. I can't really get into any of those clips... but.... and I hate to say it......... I can envision Lesley singing any one of them on the old Batman tv show episode she was in.
     
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  7. drbryant

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    Well, I Can't recall if anyone has used the term "bop" music. There's the term "bebop" Jazz. And there's "bopping" to the music (like the Carl Perkins song.
     
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  8. John54

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    In case everyone has forgotten, the band Wind (with Tony Orlando, of Make Believe "fame" in 1969) had a follow-up called Teenybopper. Pretty good song, didn't go anywhere. Not on Youtube at present.
     
  9. John B Good

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    The word Teenybopper occurs in Mendocino. I always find it a bit pejorative, as in bubblegummy.

    I personally like the lyric 'heart-broken bopper'. Burton Cummings IIRC.

    Be Bop a Lula is a my reference emotion. :)
     
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  10. HarborRat

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    Here's a fun "teen pop" song from the early sixties sung in the girl group style by Skeeter Davis, primarily known as a country singer (at least until The End Of The World became a huge hit.) Sunglasses, written by John D. Loudermilk:
     
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  11. videoman

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    I like teenybopper music from most any era. Makes me feel young to hear it. I like today's teenybopper stuff as well, and a lot of it reminds me of that sixties era. All about the singles and the hook and the danceability and the hair.

    It's all good!
     
  12. John B Good

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    I've heard that song before, by Sandy Posey. I wish Ace records would do a John D Loudermilk cd in their series on writers and producers.
     
  13. RonBaker

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    Thought I would add a little here to get this topic back in discussion (since so much of it is devoted to Lesley Gore). I'm listening to her "Sings of Mixed Up Hearts" album now. Three of her big hits are on this album. She did theme albums when theme albums weren't done in pop music (except for Sinatra). A great, great talent.
     
  14. Eli

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    1958-1962 are my favorite years in music.
     
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  15. The Panda

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    People who like this should be suggested to try I Can't Stay Mad At You, another Skeeter 'girl group' goodie.
     
  16. Joshua277456

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    I Can't Stay Mad at You is great! Classic teenybopper sound that I love
     
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  17. Brian Kelly

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    I would add:
    "Sweat Pea" (Tommy Roe)
    "Simon Says" (1910 Fruitgum Company)
    "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes (Edison Lighthouse)
    "My Baby Loves Lovin" (White Plains)
    "Tracy" (The Cufflinks)

    And then you have the garage band bubblegum of:
    "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin" (Crazy Elephant)

    And in wasn't a hit, but this is fantastic psychedelic bubblegum:
    "Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army" (Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army)
     
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  18. seed_drill

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    I have that record. A dealer threw it in when I bought some Archies 45s.
     
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  19. Bob Simmons

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    Thank you. Pretty much my exact sentiments. A lot of music mentioned after your post that I would not necessarily throw in the teenybopper/bubblegum music basket either, but everyone has their own definition of it I guess. And though teenybopper was coined in the '50's I don't remember it coming around again until about the late 60's to early 70's. When I was in high school in the late 60's, in SoCal, we referred to it as bubblegum music. 'Oh Sugar, Sugar' was the epitome of it, and would get booed off the the school bus radio, lol. And according to a Monkees' history show that song was written for them, but at the point where they started insisting on doing their own music, and the show was canceled. Saved everyone some embarrassment. :)
     
  20. Michael P

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    Not "mostly", it was 100% K-K produced. It could have been called "Buddha's Greatest Hits". It had it all, Yummy Yummy, Chewy Chewy, 123 Red Light, the same formula all the way. The Lemon Pipers were the only unique sounding group among The Ohio Express and friends. The Shadows of Knight were unique too ("Shake" in pan and scan fake stereo). I used to own that LP when I was a teenybopper.
     
  21. Michael P

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    Teenyboppers were The Big Bopper's fans. "Helloooo Baby"
     
  22. rockledge

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    What would even be more cool is if us old folks that were there for rock music could still have physical characteristics that inspired people to call us "teenies".
     
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  25. Donfrance

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    YES, thank you. I miss the diversity on radio stations today, it isn't eclectic enough. Finally someone saying the same.
     

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