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Dancing to the Rockin’ Hollywoods. Shown bottom left, Tom “Woody” Strohmeyer on sax. The crinoline you see peeking out from under my dress is actually a half-slip that was so long I had to pull it up over my chest! Check out our dance instruction website, Two Right Feet (, if you’re a beginner and would like to learn swing, rumba, waltz, foxtrot or cha cha in a private setting for cheap.


I  think most of us know how deeply and emotionally linked certain songs can be for us, whether because the lyrics are particularly descriptive of what we were feeling at a certain time or because the song was simply playing at a profound moment in our lives. Last night, my husband and I went dancing to our favorite band, the Rockin’ Hollywoods, as a distraction from an otherwise emotionally heavy day (the first full day without our beloved Giles with us—see previous post).

For me, dancing provides both a physical and emotional release, so it seemed a healthy diversion for a few hours. However, midway through the band’s first set, I found myself choking back sobs right there on the dance floor, so hard was I hit by the Tokens’ “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

In my mind’s eye, I kept seeing Giles’ handsome, lion-esque profile, so regal until his end. His having just been “put to sleep” gave a whole new meaning to that song for me. I doubt I’ll ever be able to hear it again without thinking of my darling, departed cat.


Giles would have been happy to have a famous song associated with him, I’m sure—he was not without a healthy ego, gorgeous boy that he was—but I can expect my future rumbas done to that song to be emotionally challenging for some time to come. (I squelched the flood during the show, luckily, and saved my breakdown for the car ride home.)

My lion sleeps forevermore.

While this has nothing to do with pet loss, although their guitarist, Flash, recently lost his cat named Louie, I wanted to extend an invitation to any Twin Cities locals who might read this:

This year, my hubby and I are abandoning our traditional do-nothing-but-be-bums on New Year’s Eve and are instead dancing in 2011 to Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, The Rockin’ Hollywoods. They are the preeminent vintage (’50s–’80s) rock ‘n’ roll band, and there’s no one better to swing, pony, or twist away the night—and the old year—with. And for those of us needing to watch our pennies, the cover charge is far more doable than most NYE events. Please introduce yourself to us that night if you do make it. We’ll be the sweaty couple that never sits down.—Sid

NEW YEAR’S EVE with the Rockin’ Hollywoods—Carbone’s Bar and Grill 7670 160th St. Lakeville, at the southwest corner of Cedar and 160th (Co Rd 46)
8:30 PM to 12:45AM
Minimal cover charge-$5–$10!!
Great food menu and atmosphere-beautiful wood paneling
and lots of parking. CALL 952-997-2900 for info.

I was in Rock ‘n’ Roll HEAVEN last night as members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rockin’ Hollywoods band joined us for dinner and played a song-lyric game with me!!!!! Finally, some true competition for my inane knowledge of oldies trivia—and from folks who can carry tunes!

We had just wanted to thank them for providing us with a surrogate gym membership; dancing all summer to their fantabulous music at outdoor festivals helped me to grind holes in several pairs of saddle shoes from spinning on the asphalt. Gotta love that! Thanks guys, we were honored to have the Bedrockin’ Hollywoods tour our Flintstones shrine, too!

Check out their website to find out where they’ll be playing next!

Sid with Steve "Rimshot" Ghizoni, Woody (Tom Strohmyer) and Westside Denny B.

Anthony with the gang plus DJ (Doug James) of the Rockin' Hollywoods

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