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Sounds and Sights of the Year 1966

Post by mrpicard » Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:55 am

This thread contains information taken from an article written by 3rd&4thT on the forum.

On the D*A*M Forum a number of people are looking to replicate the sounds of the 1960s, particularly 1966, and hence one of the reasons for the D*A*M 1996 pedal. However, when searching for "that sound" you have to remember that 1966 was a very different time from now. The audio technology was extremely primitive. For example, consumer speakers were lousy; they were made out of cardboard and they were opaque and without transient response. There was no such thing as "stereo"; in 1966 only 4 stereos were purchased in Europe and only 9 were purchased in the United States. FM radio was only reliably mono, cars did not have FM radios. AM radio had a 4K cutoff and of course you heard this mainly through 6"x9" speakers. On top of that the actually recording technology in the studio was extremely basic, to say the least. So, when you are trying to replicate your "1966" sounds from all your favorite pedals you need to take the above into context.

Below is 7 minutes' worth of bits of hits from Billboard's Top 50 of 1966 (fair use of fragments for noncommercial, educational use in a professional forum etc). Nothing is compressed, EQed, modified etc, etc, this is 100% exactly how the recording would have sounded on a player in 1966. Believe-it-or not but the distortion in the recording is representative of the chains of the period. One thing you will note is how different the sound quality of Paperback Writer is compared to other recordings of the time. This is because The Beatles wanted their songs to stand out and as a result they pushed the boundaries of the technology in order to create a high quality sound (in fact, they were instrumental in many audio improvements we now consider standard). Listening to this you kind of get the idea how different Paperback Writer sounded to other recordings of the time.


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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by Cado » Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:22 pm

Very true about The Beatles recordings, but I think alo lot of the fascination with 1966 has a lot to do with guys that were pushing the boundaries of music and culture. I think it's pretty obvious on these recordings who was looking forward & who was aping trends. Cool post sir! :cheers:
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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by Cado » Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:44 pm

I found this, it's interesting how The Ballad of the Green Berets is at the top of the chart & Shapes of Things is at the bottom.

Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966
Billboard Year-End Hot 100 charts. Note that from 1956 to 1958, Billboard only compiled top 50 charts, and from 1950 to 1955, they compiled only top 30 charts. What is now the Hot 100 existed for nearly fifteen years as numerous charts, tracking and ranking the most popular singles of the day in several areas. The methods and policies by which this data is obtained and compiled have changed many times throughout the chart's history. Billboard has also changed its Hot 100 policy regarding "two-sided singles" several times. During periods in which singles sales were strong, the Hot 100 allowed both sides of a single (A-side and B-side) to chart together (occupying the same position), provided that both sides were receiving significant radio airplay. Pre-Hot 100 charts listed A-and-B-sides together. For more detailed information on how the Billboard compiled the charts, see the Wikipedia article "Billboard Hot 100". NOTE: We do NOT sell compilations of any of these songs, nor are we aware of anyone who makes even a Top 25 compilation of each year.

1. The Ballad Of The Green Berets, Sgt. Barry Sadler
2. Cherish, Association
3. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration, Righteous Brothers
4. Monday, Monday, The Mama's and The Papa's
5. 96 Tears, ? and The Mysterians
6. Last Train To Clarksville, The Monkees
7. Reach Out I'll Be There, Four Tops
8. Summer In The City, Lovin' Spoonful
9. Poor Side Of Town, Johnny Rivers
10. California Dreamin', The Mama's and The Papa's
11. You Can't Hurry Love, Supremes
12. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted, Jimmy Ruffin
13. These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Nancy Sinatra
14. Born Free, Roger Williams
15. Strangers In The Night, Frank Sinatra
16. We Can Work It Out, The Beatles
17. When A Man Loves A Woman, Percy Sledge
18. Winchester Cathedral, New Vaudeville Band
19. Hanky Panky, Tommy James and The Shondells
20. Good Lovin', Young Rascals
21. Paint It Black, Rolling Stones
22. My Love, Petula Clark
23. Lightin' Strikes, Lou Christie
24. Wild Thing, Troggs
25. Kicks, Paul Revere and The Raiders
26. Sunshine Superman, Donovan
27. Sunny, Bobby Hebb
28. Paperback Writer, The Beatles
29. See You In September, Happenings
30. You Keep Me Hangin' On, Supremes
31. Lil' Red Riding Hood, Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs
32. Devil With A Blue Dress On and Good Golly Miss Molly (Medley), Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
33. Good Vibrations, Beach Boys
34. A Groovy Kind Of Love, Mindbenders
35. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Dusty Springfield
36. Born A Woman, Sandy Posey
37. Cool Jerk, The Capitols
38. Red Rubber Ball, The Cyrkle
39. B-A-B-Y, Carla Thomas
40. Walk Away Renee, Left Banke
41. Daydream, Lovin' Spoonful
42. Time Won't Let Me, Outsiders
43. Hooray For Hazel, Tommy Roe
44. Sweet Pea, Tommy Roe
45. Bus Stop, Hollies
46. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, B.J. Thomas and The Triumphs
47. I'm Your Puppet, James and Bobby Purify
48. Ain't Too Proud To Beg, Temptations
49. Dirty Water, Standells
50. Elusive Butterfly, Bob Lind
51. I Am A Rock, Simon and Garfunkel
52. Crying Time, Ray Charles
53. Secret Agent Man, Johnny Rivers
54. The Sounds Of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel
55. Lady Godiva, Peter and Gordon
56. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?, Lovin' Spoonful
57. You Baby, The Turtles
58. Barefootin', Robert Parker
59. Homeward Bound, Simon and Garfunkel
60. Uptight (Everything's Alright), Stevie Wonder
61. Bang Bang, Cher
62. Sloop John B, Beach Boys
63. 19th Nervous Breakdown, Rolling Stones
64. Wipe Out, The Surfaris
65. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, Temptations
66. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In), T-Bones
67. Just Like Me, Paul Revere and The Raiders
68. Love Makes The World Go Round, Deon Jackson
69. The Pied Piper, Crispian St. Peters
70. Coming On Strong, Brenda Lee
71. Somewhere My Love, Ray Conniff and The Singers
72. Almost Persuaded, David Houston
73. If I Were A Carpenter, Bobby Darin
74. Don't Mess With Bill, Marvelettes
75. Cherry, Cherry, Neil Diamond
76. Working In The Coal Mine, Lee Dorsey
77. Message To Michael, Dionne Warwick
78. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing, Lou Rawls
79. Barbara Ann, Beach Boys
80. Gloria, Shadows Of Knight
81. Dandy, Herman's Hermits
82. Rainy Day Women #12 And 35, Bob Dylan
83. Guantanamera, Sandpipers
84. Psychotic Reaction, Count Five
85. Land Of 1,000 Dances, Wilson Pickett
86. Oh How Happy, Shades Of Blue
87. Woman, Peter and Gordon
88. Five O'clock World, Vogues
89. Black Is Black, Los Bravos
90. Hungry, Paul Revere and The Raiders
91. My World Is Empty Without You, Supremes
92. Baby Scratch My Back, Slim Harpo
93. She's Just My Style, Gary Lewis and The Playboys
94. The More I See You, Chris Montez
95. 634-5789, Wilson Pickett
96. Yellow Submarine, The Beatles
97. Nowhere Man, The Beatles
98. Zorba The Greek, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass
99. Shapes Of Things, Yardbirds
100. I Fought The Law, Bobby Fuller Four

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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by mrpicard » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:41 pm

That is a fascinating list Cado!! Here is another showing what kinds of major events were taking place during 1966. There were quite a few race riots, nuclear tests, 1st black American to do something, space launches. The dates may not be 100% accurate but you get the general idea of major events of 1966.

January 1: All U.S. cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
January 1: Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1
January 2: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
January 8: Beatles' "Rubber Soul," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 6 weeks
January 8: Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 3 weeks
January 8: Who and the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
January 10: India and Pakistan sign peace accord
January 11: 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
January 11: "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV
January 12: "Batman" with Adam West and Burt Ward premieres on ABC TV
January 12: Lyndon Baines Johnson says U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends
January 13: 1st black selected for President cabinet (Lyndon Baines Johnson selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
January 13: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
January 14: David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can't Help Thinking About Me)
January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. opens campaign in Chicago
January 18: Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)
January 19: Indira Gandhi elected India's 3rd prime minister
January 21: Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
January 29: Snow storm in north east U.S. kills 165
January 30: -19 degrees F (-28 degrees C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
January 30: -27 degrees F (-33 degrees C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
January 31: U.S.S.R. launches Luna 9 towards Moon
February 3: 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched U.S.
February 3: 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
February 4: All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
February 9: Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
February 11: San Francisco Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
February 13: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk U.S.S.R.
February 14: Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
February 16: France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
February 23: Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
February 23: Premier Obote grabs power in Uganda
February 24: Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
February 28: Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
March 1: Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria
March 1: Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
March 2: 215,000 U.S. soldiers in Vietnam
March 3: Buffalo Springfield form (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al)
March 4: Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die
March 4: John Lennon, says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"
March 4: North Sea Gas was 1st pumped ashore by British Petroleum
March 5: 75 MPH air currents causes BOAC 707 crash into Mount Fuji, 124 die
March 5: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 6: Barry Sadlers' "Ballad of the Green Berets" becomes #1 (13 weeks)
March 7: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 8: An IRA bomb destroyed Nelson's Column in Dublin
March 9: Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board
March 12: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 15: Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles
March 16: Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong and Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
March 16: Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
March 17: U.S. submarine locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
March 21: Supreme Court reverses Mass ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
March 25: Beatles pose with mutilated dolls and butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday and Today" album, It is later pulled
March 27: Anit Vietnam war demonstrations in U.S., Europe and Australia
March 29: Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
April 1: China premier Tsjoe en-Lai starts "Cultural revolution"
April 2: Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
April 4: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 8: Leonid Brezhnev elected Secretary-General of Communist Party
April 11: 30th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288
April 11: Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire
April 12: 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
April 12: Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
April 15: Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
April 18: Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
April 19: Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
April 22: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
April 28: 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3
April 28: 38th Academy Awards - "Sound of Music," Julie Christie and L Marvin win
May 1: Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
May 5: Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
May 7: Mamas and Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
May 9: China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
May 11: Real Madrid wins 11th Europe Cup I
May 13: Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black"
May 16: Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released
May 21: Heavyweight Muhammad Ali KOs Henry Cooper in London
May 25: Peru and Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
May 26: Buddhist sets self on fire at U.S. consulate in Hue South-Vietnam
June 1: George Harrison is impressed by Ravi Shankar's concert in London
June 6: NFL and AFL announce their merger
June 10: Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in U.K.
June 10: Beatles record "Rain," 1st to use reverse tapes
June 10: Janis Joplin's 1st live concert, Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco
June 10: Mamas and Papas win gold record for "Monday, Monday"
June 11: French and German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry
June 11: "I Am A Rock" by Simon and Garfunkel peaks at #3
June 11: "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1
June 11: "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys hit #1 in U.K.
June 12: Dave Clark 5 set record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan
June 13: Supreme Court's Miranda decision; suspect must be informed of rights
June 17: Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers
June 22: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens
June 25: Beatles' "Paperback Writer," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 2 weeks
June 27: 1st sci-fi soap opera, "Dark Shadows," premieres on ABC-TV
June 30: Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour
July 1: Medicare goes into effect
July 2: France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
July 4: Beatles attacked in Philippines after insulting Imelda Marcos
July 4: Lyndon Baines Johnson signs Freedom of Information Act
July 5: National Guard mobilizes in Omaha after 3rd night of rioting
July 5: New York City transit fare rises from 15 cents to 20 cents
July 5: Saturn I rocket launched at Cape Kennedy
July 12: Race riot in Chicago
July 19: 50 year old Frank Sinatra marries 21 year old Mia Farrow in Las Vegas
July 23: Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens
July 25: Brian Jones final perfomance as a Rolling Stone
July 25: Mao Tse Tung swims Yangtse River
July 25: Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love"
July 29: Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock New York
July 29: Nigerians chief of staff Jakubu Gowon makes coup
July 30: Beatles' "Yesterday... and Today," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks
July 30: England beats West Germany 4-2 for soccer's 8th World Cup in London
July 31: Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
August 3: South African government bans Beatle records
August 5: Beatle John Lennon says Beatles are more popular than Jesus
August 5: Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" and "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
August 5: Beatles' "Revolver" album is released
August 5: Martin Luther King, Jr. stoned during Chicago march
August 6: Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
August 10: 1st lunar orbiter launched by U.S.
August 10: Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere and leaving it again
August 11: Last Beatle concert tour of U.S. begins
August 14: 1st U.S. lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon
August 14: Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
August 19: Earthquake strikes Varko Turkey: 2,400 killed
August 23: Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon
August 24: U.S.S.R. launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
August 27: Francis Chichester begins 1st solo sail around world
August 27: Race riot in Waukegan, Illinois
August 27: Sir Francis Chichester begins 1st solo ocean voyage around the world
August 29: Beatles last public concert (Candlestick Park, SF)
September 3: 24th World San Francisco Convention honors Gene Roddenberry
September 3: Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"
September 5: Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $15,000
September 7: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk U.S.S.R.
September 8: Star Trek premieres on NBC-TV
September 8: "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV
September 9: John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition
September 10: Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 6 weeks
September 10: Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
September 10: Neal Diamond's 1st chart song (Cherry Cherry)
September 11: France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
September 11: Rolling Stones perform on Ed Sullivan Show
September 12: "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
September 15: 1st British nuclear sub HMS Resolution launched
September 21: Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to Jimi
September 22: Surveyor 2 crashes on Moon
September 24: France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
September 24: Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in Caribbean, Florida and Mexico
September 25: Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1
September 30: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
October 1: Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
October 4: France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
October 6: Partial meltdown at Detroits's Fermi 1 nuclear reactor
October 9: Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded "Got Live if you Want It"
October 12: Jimi Henrix Experience forms with Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell
October 14: 175 U.S. airplanes bomb North Vietnam
October 15: Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself," as "terribly obscene"
October 15: Lyndon Baines Johnson signs a bill creating Department of Transportation (DOT)
October 16: Joean Baez and 123 other ani-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
October 19: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk U.S.S.R.
October 19: Yardbird 1st U.S. tour (New York City)
October 22: U.S.S.R. launches Luna 12 for orbit around Moon
October 26: U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
October 27: China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
October 27: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
October 29: Lunar Orbiter 1 crashes on moon: 6.7 degrees N 162 degrees E
October 29: National Organization of Women founded
November 4: Flooding of Arno River (Italy) destroys countless art works, kills 113
November 5: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 6: 1st entire lineup televised in color (NBC)
November 6: Lunar Orbiter 2 launched
November 8: Actor Ronald Reagan elected governor of California
November 10: Lunar Orbiter 2 reaches 196-1871 km around Moon
November 11: Gemini 12 (Lovell and Aldrin) launched on 4-day flight
November 11: Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church unite as United Methodist Church
November 14: Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title
November 16: Dr. Sam Sheppard freed after 9 years in jail, by a jury
November 18: Sandy Koufax announces his retirement, due to arthritic left elbow
November 18: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 20: Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage
November 21: Dutch government of Zijlstra forms
November 24: 400 die of respiratory failure and heart attack in killer New York City smog
November 24: The Beatles began recording sessions for "Sgt Pepper"
November 25: Jimi Hendrix Experience makes its London debut at Bag O' Nails Club
November 26: 1st major tidal power plant opens at Rance estuary, France
December 3: US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg Miss
December 8: US and U.S.S.R. sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
December 12: U.S. Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
December 13: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 16: Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
December 18: Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
December 20: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 23: Britains rock TV show, "Ready Steady Go," last program
December 28: China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
December 31: Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 and stays there for 7 weeks
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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by Cado » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:56 pm

Now that's an interesting list! Because it's written from a modern perspective, it demonstrates how a seemingly insignificant occurence can have major implications! Makes me wonder what developments, other than the headlines, I should pay attention to.
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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by the_original_mr_nice » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:39 pm

What happened to 14th May 1966 ? Everton win the FA Cup 3-2 having gone two goals down. Considered one of the greatest comebacks in an FA Cup final of the modern era. Not that I'm biased or anything.... :hihi:
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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by playon » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:06 am

Don't know where that info came from, 9 stereos sold in the US in 1966? WTF, probably more like 90,000...
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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by the_original_mr_nice » Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:08 pm

playon wrote:Don't know where that info came from, 9 stereos sold in the US in 1966? WTF, probably more like 90,000...
They probably cost the same as a small house and were the size of a snooker table :hihi: And crowds formed whenever one of the nine was powered up to play this new fangled stereo ! It won't catch on said the naysayers - mono will never be bettered, it's just a cheap gimmick :whistle:
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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by mrpicard » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:18 pm

Here is a TV ad from around 1966. Evidently portable stereo devices were all the rage on public buses...

Speaking of stereos "the size of a snooker table", they had some great ones by 1968. Computer crafted no less!!!

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Re: The Sounds of the Year 1966

Post by mrpicard » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:20 pm

Your 1966 celebrity kitchen.

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