Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fabian and The 5th Dimension

The best things in my Seventeen magazine were pictures of Fabian and Troy Donahue -- my absolute, hands down greatest loved teen idols at about the time I was in the 6th through 8th grades!  I even had a scrapbook filled with their pictures cut from movie magazines!



But because this post is for the letter F, and for singers, not actors, we'll continue with the ever gorgeous, but not really much of a singer, Fabian!!  Actually, he was in a few films too -- his acting was about a good as his singing but it was the eye candy that made all the girls scream!

This video shows Fabian on some teen magazine covers while he sings Hold Me in Your Arms, a kind of slow, dorky song but the photos are priceless!

As you look, read the captions on the magazines! Shows what a totally innocent time it was in the late 50s, early 60s, before the hippie generation came on the scene! I was a  pre- to early-teen at the time and let me tell you, it was a different world! But I could still fall in and out of love at the drop of a hat when it came to the cute singers and actors!

Now, when I think of Fabian I think of this song -- Turn Me Loose.   I still like it to this day!

This was an appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.  He reminds me of Rick Nelson with those bedroom eyes! And the IFIC buttons everyone is wearing ..... Beechnut gum had an ad campaign at the time that said their gum was "Flavor-IFIC" so not only are they all wearing the buttons, they're all chomping down on the gum!

So, on to the late 60s which brought us that hippie and flower child generation!

The 5th Dimension had a lot of great songs, but one of my favorites is the medley Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In which, of course, was written for the 1968 rock musical Hair, and was released as a single by The 5th Dimension.

Now, if you are familiar with Hair you know that it's about the hippie culture, peace and love, sex and drugs, and the anti-Vietnam war peace movement. Long hair, the draft and draft dodgers.

So, pray tell me, why would my church youth group put on a Hair musical? But they did. I remember going to MYF to see it. Of course, it was WAY toned down, but still, I always wondered if the adults of the church ever did any research into what their youth group was singing about!!!

And then it was made into a movie in 1979 -- 
with Treat Williams of all people.....
(I just gotta snicker here)

And I still have the album. Oh. yeah.

♥♥♥  Linking over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter F

Jenny Matlock



storybeader said...

bringing back the memories! Don't remember Fabian, but the songs and movies are familiar! Another F! {:-D

Bee said...

My parents had that exact same Hair album, which I "permanently borrowed" from them when I reached my teen years. lol -- I've never seen the movie, so I had no idea that Treat Williams was in it! Ha!

Pride In Photos said...

Sarah, you brought back so many good memories...thanks for the lovely trip!! Also for visiting my blog today.

BeadedTail said...

I only remember Hair with Ricki Lake I believe but seeing that it was written when I was born that's probably why! Fabian was a cutie!

Sandra Tyler said...

lol loved this! Thanks for taking us back!

ImSoVintage said...

I used to love Fabian and Troy Donahue and had so much fun making scrapbooks out of the movie magazines. I remember going to see Hair on Broadway when I was 19. So scandalous :)

Kara said...

I have always loved Hair. And I love the song Aquarius too.

Crocheted Little Things said...

Thank you for educating me about these artists that I wasn't familiar with

VBR said...

What a fun post for letter F.
Thanks for giving us a chance to go down memory lane a bit!!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

This is a really fun post!! Love the big hair!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sandy said...

Gosh, that brings back memories. I never saw Hair the movie, but I may have to watch it now just to see Treat Williams with long hair!

Judy Nolan said...

Sarah, I don't think I paid much attention to pop tunes until the mid-70s, but even I remember "Aquarius," when my 7th grade chorus sang. I grew up very, very sheltered as the oldest of four with both parents from Germany. They played classical music exclusively. One day a friend told me she was being punished for something by having her monkey's album taken away. Silly me! I couldn't figure out why she had a monkey, or why it would have a photo album. She was referring, of course, to the Monkees, and I was completely in the dark! LOL.

Janet Bocciardi said...

I think that's one of the things that was so wonderful about rock for us when we were young - hard to hear the lyrics. : ) Love the Hair story!

Jenny said...

Fabian was always so groovy.

I loved that era. We thought we were so tough and now I see how the world has evolved and I think we were all just really innocent!

Thanks for a fabulous link to the letter F.

Happy New Year!


Splendid Little Stars said...

Fabian--swagger, swaggering on the American Bandstand show!
Aquarius is quite a rousing song which I always liked. I never saw Hair. gee.

Peg said...

Oh yes, I remember Fabian too and I think I cut out his pictures at about the same age.


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