02 June 2011
5 On Friday - Rock & Roll Will Never Die
Another 5 on Friday courtesy of Trav at Trav's Thoughts rolls around. Stop by to sign in and go forth to share your choice of music.
On June 2, 1956 there was a Saturday night dance party held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium featuring the music of Chuck Higgins and his Orchestra, a Los Angeles group with a regional hit record called "Pachuko Hop." Santa Cruz police entered the auditorium, and what they found, according to Lieutenant Richard Overton, was a crowd "engaged in suggestive, stimulating and tantalizing motions induced by the provocative rhythms of an all-negro band." Lt. Overton immediately shut the dance down and sent the disappointed teenagers home early. On June 3, 1956, city authorities announced a total ban on rock and roll at public gatherings, calling the music "Detrimental to both the health and morals of our youth and community."
I wanted to give you a feel for the hit songs of 1956 so there are more than five. Then below are the tracks on the first two RCA albums from Elvis Presley both released in 1956. Santa Cruz didn't stand a chance.
Released March 23, 1956 - Elvis Presley
Blue Suede Shoes
I'm Counting on You
I Got A Woman
One-Sided Love Affair
I Love You Because
Trying to Get to You
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')
Released October 19, 1956 - Elvis
Rip It Up
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Long Tall Sally
First in Line
So Glad You're Mine
Anyplace Is Paradise
How's the World Treating You?
How Do You Think I Feel