Curfew in 1966

Some day you're life won't stop at 10:00 pm - honest.

You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – It’s 1966 – It’s Christmas Vacation – You Still Have Curfew

Curfew in 1966
Some day you’re life won’t stop at 10:00 pm – honest.



KBLA – Humble Harve – December 1966 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –


Christmas Vacation in Los Angeles. Not like anyplace else – no snow, barely any rain, a chance it was going to be as hot as Summer and not conducive to listening to Bing Crosby.


But you’re on vacation – three weeks between Christmas and New Years. Freedom. No homework (except the report you’re supposed to turn in when you get back), no deadline to get to bed, no special time to wake up. But . . .there is still curfew. And as long as you’re under 18, you have to be off the streets by 10:00. Especially if you were hanging out in Hollywood, or going to the Hullaballoo on Sunset, or walking up and down Fairfax – standing around Canter’s or running across the street to the Free Press Book Store. After 10:00 the cops come out – and they check i.d.’s – and you can’t get away with the fake one, especially with the Sheriff’s. They had a riot on the Strip just a month earlier, and the cops are pissed – they’ve been hauling people away. Calling parents to fish their kids out of jail. And on a Saturday night, that’s no fun.


But just a couple more years and you’ll be free – you can stay up all night if you want – you won’t have to do anything and you won’t have to be anywhere if you don’t want to. You wonder if you’ll make it to then – eighteen seems like another lifetime and it may never hit you. With your luck you’ll turn 18 and you’ll immediately get drafted, because they Army’s been waiting for you. Being 16 is insane- turning 18 is scary. It’s a coin toss.


Here is an hour’s worth of Humble Harve from KBLA during December 1966 between 9 and 10 o’clock at night – 10:00 being the witching hour and curfew time for everybody under 18 in L.A.


Cufews, drafts, High School and the Brave New World – all rolled into one Saturday night.


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1 thought on “You’re A Teenager – You Live In L.A. – It’s 1966 – It’s Christmas Vacation – You Still Have Curfew

  1. A very nice slice of Harvey Miller near the end of his KBLA gig before moving over to KHJ on February 1, 1967. The exact date of this show is December 17, 1966. Amazingly, during this 4-hour HH show, he does not play one Beatles song!!! Many, many album cuts though. Thanks Gordon.

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