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.

June 16, 2014
Twin Beds and 1950s TV

The Twin Beds Issue

Hollywood History So what was behind all this about the mid-century media showing married couples sleeping in twin beds? Television in the 1950s and early 1960s […]
June 6, 2014
"Young As We Are" by Sal Mineo

Young as We Are by Sal Mineo

Pop Music In the doo wop era, a young actor from the Bronx made it big in films (twice with James Dean) and in the theater. […]
May 27, 2014
The Three Stooges in "Have Rocket, Will Travel"

The Race to Space and The Three Stooges

Entertainment History Have Rocket, Will Travel — 1959 In the 1950s, the Cold War between the U.S. the U.S.S.R. was on. Americans feared the Soviets would […]
May 17, 2014
Train from Fleischer cartoon "Play Safe"

Play Safe

Entertainment History Many cartoons and short films from earlier decades were shown on TV in the 1950s, especially for children. From 1934 until 1941, Fleischer Studios […]