9 Feb 2007, 2:07am
Music Nostalgia


Happy Belated (or Early) Birthday, You Grand Dame

Before there was the big GOOG, another “Goog” sang and danced her way into the Iranian consciousness. Googoosh, sort of an Iranian Joni Mitchell (meets Judy Garland, meets Tina Turner, meets Olivia Newton-John, etc.), either turned 56 yesterday or turns 57 in April – even Wikipedia doesn’t seem to know. In any case, no Persian culture website is complete without at least one mention of her, so here’s ours. For the curious, there is no lack of her music or biographical information online, though it’s important to note that we think her music from the 1960s and 1970s (as opposed to the more contemporary stuff) has the true staying power.

As a little kid I remember being mortified by my parents’ dancing until I saw this video and realized their Persian disco stylings were not entirely their fault. In fact, I couldn’t help but pick up some of these moves myself. Enjoy:

And for kicks, here’s her funky cover of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late”:

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clap your hands if you’re a cracker who loves googoosh!!! wooohooo!!!!!

9 Feb 2007, 3:23am
by armaghan

it’s scary how mom dances exactly like googoosh. and she even has the same facial expressions while she dances.

9 Feb 2007, 6:28am
by Dan B (no, not Bennett, think harder)

Speaking of Judy Garland, there is an exciting and popular new group on Yahoo called THE JUDY GARLAND EXPERIENCE. It has ultra rare files, amazing photo’s, lively discussions, and more! The only thing missing is you. Please check it out.


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