|Where I first discovered Candy Johnson,|
The Perpetual Motion Dancer
While a Statewide Power Emergency has been declared in the state of Texas and our electricity goes out for 15 minutes or more every couple of hours due to blizzard like conditions, my thoughts are not turning to spring time but to summer ... hot summers!
I feel like I need to ask for some patience as I indulge in a fantasy of my youthful days. I have had the old beach party movies on my mind recently. Beach Party (1965), How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Muscle Beach Party (1964), Beach Blanket Bingo and the list continues. I loved these movies when I was in my pre-teen and teenage years. I did not identify so much with Annette, she usually sat on the beach without a hair getting out of place and wore that boring one piece swimsuit. I daydreamed of being one of those carefree girls with long blonde hair that surfed and danced on the beach all day.
In the 1960s, most people were not as concerned about skin damage from the sun. A tan was considered healthy looking and QT or Quick Tan was introduced to give one an instant tan. ha! Remember those orange ankles, knees and palms of hands? You had to have a tan to be "in" with this beach crowd!
To this day I love the smell of Coopertone products.
After making this photo, I had to open a bottle for a whiff of that summer scent.
|Younger looking skin tomorrow? I don't think so!|
Also for my California surfer fantasy, there were products for lightening hair. Who remembers products such as Sun In? I would try every new product that came out. They didn't show the brassy stage on brown hair in the ad.
Back to the beach movies of the 1960s, there were so many unforgettable characters such as Eric Von Zipper and I was always fond of Beach Blanket Bingo that involved a story about a mermaid named Lorelei. Remember Eric Von Zipper, he was the leader of the motorcycle gang that wore black leather? :-)
As a teenager, I loved the water and the sun and daydreaming about
being on the California coast!
The most unforgetable character in the movies was Candy Johnson. I learned her name early on, I can remember sitting there until the credits stopped rolling so I could find out her name. Until recently, I had not been able to find out much about her. I did learn she was born on Febuary 8, 1944. An early Happy Birthday greeting, Candy ♥ There was no way I could even begin to attempt to dance like her. The closest I could come to being a go go dancer was being on a local teen dance show in 1967 in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was called Disco Teen, hosted by Al Adams. It was fun and made me feel like a "star". For a few hours, anyway!
Love these fringed dresses, just like Candy wore! Every time I would
see a fringed dress like these above, I would be reminded of Candy.
No, I didn't wear such attire on the local dance program
but being there still made me feel like I was a real go go dancer!
Now ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Candy Johnson ...
While searching for information about Candy Johnson's whereabouts, I could not find much information. I did find a website for a Candy Johnson that was "under construction". There is one rumor about Candy being a choreographer in Branson, Missouri. I feel this is truly only a rumor, no one could dance like Candy Johnson and one thing for sure, her style could not be taught! You have it or you don't.
So much for my winter day fantasy of beach party movies and Candy Johnson. Decades have passed and I live far from the beach but in my little back "yard" I can still dream of being at the ocean with Annette, Frankie and friends ... having a ball dancing, surfing and watching Candy dance!