Recovered memory challenge: Just Give me Some Tooth
This is actually quite a good read, butPimp my Smile
implies "the grill" is a new invention.
There were people in the fifties who flashed gold every time they opened their mouths, when they smiled or laughed or shouted or sang. There was a musician from someplace like Louisiana who'd had a gold star implanted in a front tooth and a photograph of that became part of some album art in the '70s. That's because an English rockstar had a ruby installed in the '70s and a shot of that tooth made the cover of a national magazine. Which came first? And where is it, that album cover?
Although it's true the rare entertainer long before had a diamond studded tooth
(and her real nickname was Diamond Tooth Lil, though Hollywood later gave her a new stage name) while other kids
were just learning the steps, and swirling and shakin it down (but she didn't have a jewel or precious metal implant that I've ever heard of, so she's kind of bobbing around in my stream of consciousness and hard to work into any of this)