Solid Gold

By Lori Ferraro

There are several television shows of my youth that, when mentioned, I can’t help but go flying back in time, plopped on the couch in front of our big, boxy, wood-grained TV set.

Like I will replay a scene from The Love Boat (with guest star Charro) in my head, or silently sing The Facts of Life theme song. And you can’t even bring up The Cosby Show without me dancing like a fool a la the opening credits.

Speaking of dancing, one show when mentioned makes me want to crawl and slither like a python or throw on a metallic bodysuit and leg warmers.

That show is of course…Solid Gold.

Solid Gold Logo

Solid Gold made its debut in 1980 with hosts Dionne Warwick and Marty Cohen. It was a countdown show featuring the hits of the week, “live” performances from pop stars, the occasional visit from Wayland Flowers and Madame, and a whole lot of this:

The hosts I recall were Andy Gibb and Marilyn McCoo, Nina Blackwood even hosted toward the end of the series after she left MTV. But the true stars of the show were of course the Solid Gold Dancers!

Solid Gold Poster

The Solid Gold Dancers were truly gifted—they could dance to the most undancable songs in the world — think “Love on the Rocks” by Neil Diamond or “We Built This City” by Starship.

They could also turn 30-seconds of a song into the most dramatic dance/aerobicise/story/sexy time you’ve ever seen.

Oh to be a Solid Gold Dancer…the fashions, the leotards, the headbands.

Solid Gold Dancers Wearing Headbands

Although, one has to wonder if the guy on the left isn’t having just a little too much fun.

Imagine if this group paired up with Casey Kasem and had to count down 40 songs — what an emotional, dramatic, sweaty ride that would have been!

Of course I loved Solid Gold. For the musical guests, the fashions, the flashy over the top sets/smoke machines/disco balls and oh yeah…the music.

But mostly, I loved it for that group of dancers who I can’t fathom the show without – their slinky, dramatic presence made the show what it was. Which was…

SOLID GOLD!! Filling up my life with music.
SOLID GOLD!! Putting rhythm in my soul.
There’s a song that’s unreeling,
To fit the way that I’m feeling;
My head keeps spinning to music,
Spinning to gold…

Author: Lori Ferraro

Lori is a writer and actor living in Portland, OR. Her website, Drawn to the 80s, is where her 5 year old draws the greatest music hits of the 1980s. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and her own blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about important things like beauty products, music, her obsession with Mick Jagger and of course...the 80s.

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