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MOMMY

Not a parental unit but the Music Of My Misspent Youth.  Like many people my age, The Beatles and the British invasion changed everything.  Before those musically halcyon days of 1963-1964, I simply listened to the radio.  After, music became part of my life, intertwined with my growing consciousness, politics, and a few etceterae that I needn't detail.  It wasn't that "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was miraculously better than "Hats Off to Larry" but somehow there was a dividing time when my musical consciousness awoke. 

And yet the music before 1963 was no "vast wasteland," to quote the FCC chairman of the time. We had Elvis.  We had Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.  We had the Kingston Trio.  I just don't think about them much any more, and "classic rock" isn't quite that classic.  The radio stations I tend to listen to do play "oldies" but not, I guess, fossils.

Jukebox from bobforrest.com web site The reason I bring this up is that I just became, almost accidentally, reacquainted with some of these old, ignored, but well-remembered songs.  My attention was called to a web site on which someone had painstakingly placed hundreds of songs from 1956 through 1960.  I couldn't resist!  So, while I'm wallowing in auditory nostalgia, I'm going to list a few of the songs that I found there.  I can't guarantee that this web site will exist forever; get 'em while you can.
1956
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
Chuck Berry - Maybelline
Gogi Grant - The Wayward Wind
Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
Sonny James - Young Love
Patience and Prudence - Tonight You Belong to Me
1958
Bobby Darin - Splish Splash
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
Frankie Avalon - Dede Dinah
Ritchie Valens - Donna
Link Wray - Rumble
The Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me
1957
Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
Buddy Knox - Party Doll
Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire
LaVern Baker - Jim Dandy
The Del-Vikings - Come Go With Me
1959
Bobby Darin - Dream Lover
Connie Francis - Lipstick On Your Collar
Dion and the Belmonts - Teenager in Love
Lloyd Price - Stagger Lee
Sandy Nelson - Teen Beat
Santo and Johnny - Sleepwalk
The Coasters - Poison Ivy
1960
Chubby Checker  - The Twist
Dion - The Wanderer
Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown
Jimmy Jones - Good Timin'
Roy Orbison - Only the Lonely
The Hollywood Argyles - Alley Oop
The Ventures - Walk Don't Run

Not a Beau Brummel or a Led Zeppelin anywhere, but if you can read those lists without a frisson of recognition and memory, you probably were born yesterday.


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