This first era of rock and roll dates (more or less) from Eisenhower’s first election in 1952 to The British Invasion in 1964. Doo wop was a signature sound with its beautiful vocal harmonies, beat, and nonsense syllables, but there was a lot of pioneering going on with rhythm and blues, rock and roll, rockabilly, and crossovers from country music. That’s why we go beyond the doo wop genre per se and explore those years. Each blog post is just a mosaic. When put together, the posts start to provide a picture of the time. Please visit the Rec Room for a featured record on the record player, a TV with four channels, and a jukebox with 60+ songs. We have an all request Juke Box Saturday night in the rec room each weekend so you can hear your favorites from the 50s and 60s. There is also a Daily Doo Wop for videos of those golden oldies.

December 12, 2014
North to Alaska (film) poster

John Wayne Publicizes Alaska’s Statehood in Film North to Alaska

Entertainment History During this first era of rock and roll, America acquired two new states, Alaska and Hawaii. On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th U.S. […]
December 2, 2014
"Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" by Bing Crosby

Count Your Blessings From White Christmas

Entertainment History It’s always a nice part in the 1954 film White Christmas when boy gets girl – that is, when Bing gets Rosemary before Bing […]
November 10, 2014
November 20, 1959, Alan Freed fired during Payola Scandal

Alan Freed Fired Over Payola

History On November 20, 1959, WABC fired Alan Freed over the payola scandal, which effectively ended Freed’s career as a DJ and force in the record […]
November 8, 2014
Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters, and Ron Hagerthy of Sky King

Sky King

Classic TV Shows So it begins: “From out of the clear blue of the western sky, comes…”the Western TV series Sky King. The show was a […]