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Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Groovy List goes dancing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture:

1) Groovy Gal: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Below is the 2010 video of the New York Representative and other Boston University students dancing that has recently received some right-wing criticism - and her amusing Twitter response to her conservative critics.

2) Groovy Guy: Daryl Dragon
The musician and songwriter, who died Wednesday at age 76, was best known as part of the pop musical duo, Captain & Tennille, with Toni Tennille (whom he was married to from 1975 to 2014). Their first single, "Love Will Keep Us Together", reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won the 1975 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. And they hosted their own ABC variety show in 1976-77. He was also a keyboard player with the Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972, and lead singer Mike Love gave him the nickname "Captain Keyboard", which stuck. Below you can watch him in a 1975 American Bandstand interview (with host Dick Clark), Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star-Spangled Spectacular (from July 4, 1976), a 1976 episode of ABC's The Captain and Tennille (with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith), a 1980 appearance on the syndicated talk show, The Toni Tennille Show, and a 1986 appearance on the syndicated series, Solid Gold (with host Marilyn McCoo).

3) Groovy Gal: Dame June Whitfield
The English actress, who died December 28 at age 93, was best known for her role as Edina Monsoon's mother in the British sitcom, Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012, and the 2016 feature film. Other British sitcom credits include Beggar My Neighbour (1966-68), Happily Ever After (1974-79), Terry and June (1979-87) and Last of the Summer Wine (2005-10). And she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2017 for services to drama and entertainment. Below you can watch her in Terry and June and Absolutely Fabulous.

4) Groovy Gal: Laura Dern
The Emmy Award-winning actress takes a look at her career timeline for Vanity Fair.

5) Groovy Guy: Christopher Sieber
The two-time Tony nominee, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical, The Prom, is a guest on Side by Side by Susan Blackwell.

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