It’s February 7th 1964 and arriving at Idewild Airport in New York City are 4 young moptops who called themselves, The Beatles! with a new sound.
Waiting for them were over 3000 thousand screaming fans as they stepped off the plane! Then they went right to a mass of reporters with many questions to ask.
They were set to perform in 2 days on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City with a screaming kids and a TV performance before a that numbered 73 million viewers! I was one of the 73 million who watched them and it was so exciting and they had like 6 singles in the top 10 list that I remember!
Yes John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, woke up the music world and changed it all and, many kids soon went out to buy guitars and take lessons because of them I already had one as I was in our band playing at dances and backyard parties and we did get to learn a couple of Beatles tunes the best we could.
Yeah it was a great time to see it all happen in 1964 and I brought every album at the time one I still have is the help album from 1965 and I still follow them today and always will!
And it’s just been announced that a new firm project in the works between the Beatles and Sir Peter Jackson involving over 55 hours of never-released footage of the Beatles in the studio in 1969 that produced the Let It Be that was released in May 1970
I was thinking the other day of how aromas can bring you back to a certain time in the past like, the smell of the street after it rains on a hot summer’s day, or the aroma of the air on a crisp fall day and so on. And that got me thinking how music can bring you back to a memory from the past as well!
Besides Elvis, the Everly Brothers had a great sound and tight harmonies and great songs like, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “bird-dog” and more. Rock and Roll was in full swing and my favorite female singer at that time was Connie Francis with her hits” Who’s Sorry Now” Stupid Cupid” playing on the radio.
And that brought me back to the day I ran in at the tavern my Father worked part-time at just around the block from my house, to ask for a nickel or a dime to go the Mom’s next door and Connie was on TV singing “who’s Sorry Now” and I said to myself “she’s the best girl singer ever”! Then ran out the door for my treats .
To me the Everly Brothers were the Beatles of that time, and even they were influenced by them with the wonderful music of the 1950s! It’s funny when I was living in the times then, I didn’t know it was the fabulous 50’s! as It’s now referred to or look around saying wow how great is this!
But there was something about it and you could feel it, it’s only as the years pass you look back and say, Yes it really was a special time! and just imagine I was one of the lucky ones to be there when it was all happening!
Hi! I added the following songs to the jukebox, The Loco-Motion by: Little Eva, Breaking up is hard to do, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Calendar Girl, Oh! Carol by: Neil Sedaka, Chances are, It’s not for me to say, by: Johnny Mathis!
Read Retodee’s great column on Buddy Holly, on her site, Retrodee’s Guild To The Best Era Ever! A great musican and songwriter from the 1950’s! And you can listen to Buddy’s music on the Jukebox if you like.
The music and stars listed here are mostly of rock n roll of that was out when I was growing up, But there was a lot of great standard music from the area and music stars with hits on the radio, Like the great Pattie Page who sang the great “The Tennessee Waltz” “Old Cape Code” and more. The Four Lads had a number of hits like “Moments To Remember” “No Not Much”. and others.
The great Nat King Cole had “Unforgettable” The Lovely “Mona Lisa” “Too Young” “Smile” Perry Como had hits like “Catch a Falling Star” “Papa Loves Mombo” “Round and Round” Who sang standards better than Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart” “Witch Craft” “Tony Bennett” “Because of You” “Rags to Riches” “Cold Cold Heart” “Rosemary Clooney” Come On-My House” “Mambo Italiano” “Dean Martin” “That’s Amore”.
Yes They were very much a part of the wonderful 1950’s and many more,the 1950’s would not be the same without their contribution of great standard music!
On the 41st year of Elvis Presley’s passing, I have fond memories of him in the 1950s. My friends and I thought he was the coolest looking guy with the long sideburns and he wore his collar up and dressed unlike anyone on the scene at the time!
It was amazing to see him perform on the Ed Sullivan show and the girls loved him and the guys wanted to be like him! What great songs he sang like, I’m All Shook up, Don’t be Cruel, Love Me Tender, and more.
It was Elvis that got me more interested in wanting to play a guitar and make music, he woke us up and rocked us with more great music from him early films like, Love Me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, the list goes on. You can listen to Elvis on the Jukebox There are a number of his great hits there.
Yes Elvis began it all for me and many more at the time! When I think back to there was some great music made then by many great stars like Buddy Holly, and many groups who were rocking back then! Thanks for the great music Elvis!
I added new songs from the 1950’s and 60’s!
Save the last dance for me by: The Drifters, Maybe Baby by Buddy Holly, Hey Paula by: Paul and Paula, Crazy by: Patsy Cline.
I’m Sorry by: Brenda Lee, Little Darlin by: The Diamonds, Supid Cupid by: Connie Francis, To know him is to love him by: The Teddy Bears, Do you want to dance by: Bobby Freeman, Who’s sorry now by: Connie Fransis. Get a Job by: Sha Na Na
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Back in the 1950s and 1960s there were some great songs and some had a dance that went hand in hand with the song, like the Twist! It became very popular in the 1960’s on a show that was hosted by a DJ named Buddy Dean in Baltimore.
The song was recommended to Dick Clark for American Bandstand, Dick Clark searched for a local talent to record it, and chose Chubby Checker for it. In 1960 he performed it Wildwood N.J And in August he preformed it on American Bandstand, and the song became a national hit sensation! And it was so popular that in 1961 and 1962 those in high society were also up and twisting the night away!
And in New York city there was a nightclub named “The peppermint Lounge” that featured Joey Dee and the Starliters, and soon they had a hit song named, The Peppermint Twist! And a number of other music stars also recorded songs that had the twist in them.
It’s funny but my friend and I were 18 years old at the time and lived about 10 minutes from the city, so we said lets go over the city to the peppermint lounge because we thought that would be so cool, so we went on a summer day walked in and ordered 2 beers, that we drank and then walked out! Yeah a couple of cool Jerks! lol
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New Songs added to the Jukebox!
Since I don’t have You, by the Skyliners, Oh What a Night by the Dells, Tonite Tonite by the Mello-Kings, Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis, Oh Boy by Buddy Holly, Come Softly by The Fleetwoods, Johhny B Goode by Chuck Berry, Sea of of of Love by Phil Phillip, Charlie Brown by the Coasters.