New Year’s Eve in Fort Lauderdale, 1969

Photo by Roy Erickson

Photo by Roy Erickson

Wouldn’t it be fun to know this band’s name and the venue where they were playing? The record from Florida Memory doesn’t say, and I turned up nothing online. The two women left and middle are nowhere near fifty, but the one on the right might be edging up near my arbitrary cut off age for the “older woman.” Was this her lifelong career or a sideline, I wonder?

My five years of piano lessons didn’t leave me with much musical knowledge. Initially I thought that a band made up of an accordion, guitar, and bass was a strange combination, but it turns out to be pretty common. Maybe it’s good for polka music.

These are not matching girl group style outfits, although they seem to be the same light color. The accordion player in the middle has on a dress made of stiffer fabric with a high neckline—I’m guessing it helped to support the weight of her instrument.

A glance at the clock shows that it was only 9:30 when this photo was taken—still plenty of time for champagne!

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3 Responses to New Year’s Eve in Fort Lauderdale, 1969

  1. What a happy picture! They look like they are having fun making music — it brings back New Year’s Eve memories for me. That’s quite an interesting set of hairstyles, too!

  2. eimear says:

    what a great photo, i avoid going out new years in general after working in bars and clubs on the night over the years (my family owned a pub)…. but i would make an exception for a band like that, they look like great fun……………. and polka mucic ………. whats not to like

  3. Jen O says:

    What a cute group–and I also love the tropical mural behind them, so I hope it’s a Tiki themed bar with lots of silly drinks to go along with their music. Happy New Year Lynn!

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