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.

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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
Just Because
Tutti Frutti
Trying to Get to You
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
I'll Never Let You Go (Lil' Darlin')
Blue Moon
Money Honey

Released October 19, 1956 - Elvis

Rip It Up
Love Me
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Long Tall Sally
First in Line
So Glad You're Mine
Old Shep
Ready Teddy
Anyplace Is Paradise
How's the World Treating You?
How Do You Think I Feel


Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Cool history lesson and grouping of songs...well done

Travis Cody said...

I love that you make your own banners. And these are great tunes!

Here's something I find hilarious about the apoplexy with which some adults reacted to early rock and roll and the dancing it created. The musical rhythms, lyrics, and dancing from the 1920s was as suggestive, if not more so than the music of the 1950s!

I know my gram didn't have any issue with my mom's music in the 50s, since Gram taught her how to jitterbug.

Linda said...

I recognized Santa Cruz as soon as I saw the top of the roller coaster in the picture! One of my favorite places on the West Coast I must say!

This music was just a little before my time (by about two years) but that doesn't stop me from liking it!

Julia Smith said...

Awesome set, Jamie - and I'm totally going to steal that banner for a future 5 on Friday...