Looking Back ✯ Summer 2016

Junior Week, April 1968

A guitar duo performs in Dole Auditorium during the Junior Week Variety Show in 1968. We think that is Charlie Mahoney ’69 dancing at left. Can you identify any others? Reply to record@norwich.edu. (NU Archives, Homer Smith photo.)

A guitar duo performs in Dole Auditorium during the Junior Week Variety Show in 1968. We think that is Charlie Mahoney ’69 dancing at left. Can you identify any others? Reply to record@norwich.edu. (NU Archives, Homer Smith photo.)

In the school year 1967–68, electric guitars were all the rage, wearing penny loafers with no socks was de rigueur, and Norwich students practiced their dance moves while watching Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. The month of April was looked forward to by all Norwich students, regardless of company, rank, or class year—but especially by the members of the Junior Class. Highlights included the Honor Committee Parade, the Skull and Swords Parade, the Promotion (or “Make”) Parade, and of course, Junior Ring Ball.

On the national music scene, 1967–68 ushered in such timeless rock classics as Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You,” and Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Mony Mony.” But it was Paul Mauriat’s bittersweet, orchestral recording of “Love is Blue”—an international hit which skyrocketed to number one on Billboard’s Top 100—that became the theme song for Junior Week 1968. What melodies do you remember from your time at Norwich? Send your memories to record@norwich.edu.

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