2010 Ponderosa Stomp
Clandestine Celluloid Film Series
24th & 25th of September One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, Louisiana
“It’s What’s Happening, Baby!” (Courtesy Peter Altschuler/Historic Films Archive, 1965, 89 min) Saturday September 25th, 12:00 pm (noon)
A television special on CBS-TV hosted by East Coast iconic deejay/concert promoter Murray the K., which aired on June 28, 1965. The special featured performances by many of the popular artists of the day like Jan & Dean, Mary Wells, the Dave Clark Five, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Supremes, Tom Jones, Bill Cosby , Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, The Drifters, The Miracles, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, The Ronettes, Chuck Jackson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Righteous Brothers and Little Anthony & the Imperials occasionally interspersed with Murray the K's public announcements urging the youth of America to pursue education and summer employment (due to the show being co-produced by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity). Much of the performance footage was shot live on the stage of the Brooklyn Fox theater.
It opens with a performance of "Nowhere To Run" by Martha and the Vandellas filmed at a Mustang assembly line in the Ford River Rouge Plant in Detroit. The program has NEVER been released on DVD/home video, nor shown theatrically. Much of the performance footage was shot live on the stage of the Brooklyn FOX Theater.
This will be the first time the show has been screened in its entirety since its original broadcast.
Very special thanks to Murray the K’s son, Peter Altschuler, for his gracious permission to screen this show!
Joe Lauro (Crescent City Shadows, It’s All Happening, Baby!, Heroes of the Stomp) is a filmmaker, archivist, musician, consultant and president of Historic Films, a stock-footage film library specializing in music from 1922 to 2000. A regular contributor and attendee of the Stomp, Lauro has custom assembled three programs for Clandestine Celluloid guaranteed to blow your mind and mess with your memory! His most recent film, Louis Prima! In Person!, a retrospective (1937-73) performance film of New Orleans’ native son, premiered at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans in April,; his earlier film on Prima, Louis Prima: The Wildest! was released in 1999. Producing credits include Rejoice and Shout (2009) a history of African-American gospel music; The Four Tops: Reach Out - Definitive Performances 1965-1973 (2008); The Howlin' Wolf Story (2003), and Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen (1999). Lauro is currently completing production on an official documentary about the life and times of Fats Domino. An advocate of getting out of the house to see live music, on film or otherwise, he recently told The New York Times, "some opportunities to see clips of famous musicians warrant leaving the living room sofa behind!” He lives and works in Eastern Long Island, New York.