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
That show is of course...Solid Gold.
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!
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.
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
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
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...