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Groovy Friday – Between Raquel and a Hard Place

Welcome to Groovy Friday, Raquel Welch! We’ve been waiting for you.

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It’s Friday!

Welcome to Groovy Friday, Raquel Welch!  We’ve been waiting for you.

There are a lot of wonderful adjectives you can apply to Raquel Welch and “groovy” is definitely one of them.

Born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, she pursued a career in entertainment early on, studying ballet from the age of 7 until 17.  At 17 her ballet instructor suggested she pursue other dance avenues as she no longer had the body of a ballerina.

He couldn’t have been more right.

Raquel subsequently went on to become a sex symbol and pop culture icon.  That kind of stuff happens.

This week’s clip is from the 1970 television special, “Raquel!” choreographed by Groovy Friday alumnus David Winters and featuring guests John Wayne, Tom Jones and Bob Hope.  Obviously none of those guest stars appear here.

This number was shot at the Rutal de la Amistad, a large scale sculpture garden in Mexico City created two years earlier for the 1968 Summer Olympic Games.

It’s so modern.

Have a groovy weekend!

André Dupuy

Andre Dupuy is the youngest of five children, a fourth-generation Californian and he knows how to drive a Model-T Ford.

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