On April 21, 1965 the Beach Boys performed Do You Wanna Dance? on Shindig!!
Love this song!
Many years ago I was the house bandleader at Sweetwaters, an R&B nightclub on the west side. I was there for nine or ten years. There was a different headliner every week and extra late-night blues shows on the weekend so I guess I musical directed over 500 acts there.
It’s funny thinking back to that time. I was young and cocky, only now I realize I didn’t know much at all. I cut my teeth on that gig and learned from all the great blues artists. Each act would come in and they all had a big opening number and they all had a big ballad. And before their big ballad they would set up the song.
I’ll never forget the set up Laura Theodore did for Do You Wanna Dance. She told of being at her high school dance where the boys were on one side of the room and the girls on the other side and as the night went on all her friends were getting coupled up and she was left alone, and just as she was about to turn around and go home someone tapped her on the shoulder and said DO YOU DO YOU DO YOU WANNA DANCE….
And then she ripped into the song! A great singer. A great song!!! Would love to play for her again some day…