NEWLY FOUND VINTAGE FOOTAGE
In 1959, The Columbia record company hired two of the featured dancers from the Buddy Dean Show, Joan Darby and Joe Cash, to help promote the new album The Madison Time by the Ray Bryant Combo. The dancers were sent on a tour across the north east showcasing the steps that perfectly matched the calls in the hit tune The Madison Time (featuring DJ Eddie Morrison). During that period, Joan and Joe were also filmed dancing the entire choreography.
And finally after all those years, here is the film! And it’s likely the same footage I was fortunate enough to see back in 2005 for one quick viewing courtesy of Arlene Kozak, a key production manager of the Buddy Dean Show and Linda Snyder who played it on her VHS for me. The film became the basis of my knowledge of the Madison Time dance steps. Thus, when we recorded ourselves doing this line dance just weeks later in 2006 (Jennifer Comar and myself), we released it as a re-creative version publicly as part of The Definite Madison Instructional DVD set.
This is indeed the film and this is epic news because the footage that has eluded me and other historians of The Madison Time for so many years is now here for all to see.
This film clip was distributed around the country in 1959/1960 as promotions for the Columbia Record company. It is still unclear whether Tela-Records Services, (located by Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA) filmed this dance couple in their California studio or just acquired the film from Columbia Records to be part of their Tela-Record viewing machine collection.
After having been stored for 60 years in the Tela-Records vaults, they have released this footage and we can now, courtesy of “Classic Music Videos & Pictures 1960s” share this across the world.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT QUOTES
“The black community came to us and taught us the dance,” said Joe Cash, who later went on to breed thoroughbred horses at his Folly Quarter Stables in Howard County (Maryland).”
“Back then, for .10 or.25 cents, one could watch this dance clip along with a collection of popular musicians of the time” says the grandson of Bradley Kemp.