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Satisfaction Came in a Chain Reaction

Posted by Jim Botticelli  August 2, 2013 09:00 AM

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     K-K-K-Katy's, Lucifer's, and Yesterday. Later they were called Celebration, Narcissus, and Lipstick.  These were the clubs to go to for bust-loose dancing or when a lonely weekend was a possibility. A good time was a distinct possibility as the club's longevity attests. Here we see the possibility of a less than lonely weekend IF our guy can read body language while dancing at K-K-K-Katy's with a blonde woman seemingly projecting angst or fear.

     "K-K-K-Katy was a popular World War I-era song written by Geoffrey O'Hara in 1917 and published in 1918," reported Woody Goodbeat on Disco.com as he read it straight from Wikipedia. "The sheet music advertised it as "The Sensational Stammering Song Success Sung by the Soldiers and Sailors," reflecting a time when speech impediments could be poked fun at—albeit gentle fun in this case. The song tells the story of Jimmy, a young soldier "brave and bold," who stuttered when he tried to speak to girls. Finally he managed to talk to Katy, the "maid with hair of gold."

     "I worked the floor at Lucifer's in fall '69 -'70 during my senior year at BU," Pete Smillie   recalled recently, also on Disco.com. "It was an eclectic and often hilarious scene then. Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield played there without Bill Medley. Tommy Roe of "Sweet Pea" fame was laughed out of the club."

     "Worked Yesterday's in 71 when Kurt was the manager. I don't remember the bartender's name, but if you didn't put out the right glasses, in the right calling order, he would throw the glass! Too funny." reported a woman simply calling herself Katie. "I remember getting new outfits to wear. Green polyester wide leg pants (disco style) and gold knit shirts with gold satin cuffs and collars. And, of course, platforms were a must!! Good, good times."

      "Worked as Bouncer/Bartender... circa 75-77," said JM. "Henry Vara and Brian Wallace owned the place. Carl Midgette was the GM. Head Bartender was Dr (PHD) Deano Saluti. The Trammps were the big headliners with "Disco Inferno", "Hold Back The Night", and "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart". Of course there was Dick Doherty and the Majority.  The upstairs bar was a favorite for some very interesting characters like the Martarano Bros and the rest of the Winter Hill boys."

     "OMG!!", cried Faith. "I remember dancing on the bar and breaking a few glasses stacked up. It was a fun place to cut loose after a few. Great times. I wanna be a 19 year old again."

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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