Wednesday, January 20, 2010

50's Rock 'n' Roll

There's just one radio station that originates here in Green Valley. It plays the "hits of the 60's, 70's and 80's". It's an AM station so the sound quality isn't great. I would have expected the local station here in the sunbelt to play music from the 40's and 50's, the pre-rock'n'roll music. I guess the torch has been passed. I don't know why the radio station left the late 50's out of their playlist. I really like the early rock music. So instead of hearing Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, early Elvis and all those great Doo Op groups, we get the soft rock favorites of the 60's, 70's and 80s. The excitement and creative energy of the 50's music died after a series of events. Jerry Lee Lewis went to jail in December 1957 for marrying his 13 year old cousin, earlier that year Little Richard quit the business and became a preacher, Elvis was drafted into the Army, March 24, 1958 and on February 3rd 1959 Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. As Don Mclean said in his song "American Pie" it was "The day the Music died". There was a big vacuum to be filled and the music that came to the rescue was from Motown and Phil Spector. I loved all those great girl groups like the Shirelles, the Ronnettes and the Chiffons whose hit "He's so fine" later worked its way into George Harrison's subconscious and came out as "My Sweet Lord". While I'm on the subject of plagerizing, did you ever notice that the Beach Boys early hit "Surfin' USA" is the same melody as Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen". I wonder if they got into any trouble with that one. Anyway we went to Burger King for lunch because we had a coupon for two chicken sandwiches for the price of one (see we're getting hip to this retirement scene). It was surprisingly crowded with the older set. They weren't eating salads either, but were chowing down on burgers and fries. I guess they just figure "What the heck." Anyway the music at the restaurant was all 50's rock 'n' roll. I loved it. I find, however, I'm not a real fan anymore of the high falsetto of Del Shannon, the Four Seasons and Lou Christy. It's annoying to me now. I don't know if we'll go back to the Burger King. Our arteries won't stand for it, except of course if we get hold of a really good coupon. That 50's music must have a positive influence on our health.

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