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.

January 27, 2015
One of the breakthroughs of the 1950s was the polio vaccine.

Dr Jonas Salk Announces the Polio Vaccine

1950s History The polio vaccine was one of the largest medical advances of the 1950s. Polio greatly concerned mid-century Americans, as there had been numerous severe […]
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. […]
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 3, 2014
Ellis Island, Hall

Some November History in the Doo Wop Era

History November 12, 1954 The Federal government closed down all 33 structures on Ellis Island. Between 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island was the most active immigrant […]