The year was 1976. “Welcome Back, Kotter” was a hit show on television, and John Travolta played the role of Vinnie Barbarino, sort of an empty-headed pretty boy.
Most people didn’t know he put out a single record years before “Grease” came out and he sang on the soundtrack. We knew he could dance because of Saturday Night Fever (a movie I will get to on another day). In fact, in this video you can see echoes of some of his SNF moves. I don’t know why his singing career never took off, but he is a better actor than singer so I guess it all worked out.
My stepsister had this 45 and we played it over and over on our parents’ big console record player/television/cassette player/radio. It’s a simple song with an unfortunate little warbly thing on “open up” (intended, but still unfortunate) but very sweet.
And this video. I can’t even. It’s like going back in time! The girl whose hair Dick Clark pointed out? I did my bangs the same way and plastered them down with hairspray. Seeing a young Dick Clark with that white microphone reminds me of all the Saturdays I stayed home so I could watch American Bandstand. Good times.