"But then Lucy, I was with Nancy and if you see our personal snapshot (above) here she wouldn't have allowed any hanky panky so going to tea dances with you would've been a no-no."
I cannot remember the context of the above quote but found it somewhere during a read. 'Lucy' could have been the kay-poh (busy body) girl in the other strip series, Peanuts and with whom Charlie Brown had problems (left image).
But then how the Lucy character could wander into Nancy's comic strip kept me wondering. She might give Nancy's transistor, A Heartbreak Radio.
For me, the interest was the keywords, the combination of Nancy and Sluggo cartoon characters, tea dances and the transistor radio on the image. This formula, I thought, would make interesting music stories.
Nancy Comic Strip In Newspapers
Nancy and Sluggo became famous from about 1933 after the introduction of the Fritzi Ritz comic strip in 1922. Nancy soared in popularity up to the 70's and beyond, syndicated in nearly 900 newspapers all over the world.
This comic strip was part of the fun I had during the 1960's when transistor radios also became very popular.
Meanwhile, as I grew up, patronising tea dances in the middle of the day at a cinema in Katong wasn't part of my schedule but it was interesting to know that such a past-time existed.
So one day, cycling all the way from my house in the East, I bought my first transistor radio in 1960, from a row of shop houses at North Bridge Road (image for illustration) but have lost this beauty somehow. National brand it was, popular and cheap.
This transistor invention and revolution relieved me of having to sit beside my father's PYE radio and my neighbour's Rediffusion set just to listen to pop music. I could just carry it around. Portability!
I still keep one transistor radio today (above) but this one has AC/DC attachment; so it is being used at home. I bought it in the early 80's.
T-Dances were the craze then. There are stories abound on the Internet today about this subject i.e. tea dances at the Palace Cinema in Katong (East Coast) and the Celestial Room at Amber Mansions in Orchard Road. So I won't elaborate on the topic.
Heartbreak Radio: Roy Orbison
So for the younger readers - how many new words have you learnt today? Transistor radio? Nancy and Sluggo? Tea dance? And, snapshot? Now that's a word I haven't heard in years.
Original article: Andy Lim.
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