I will open this final episode in the Oldies series with my personal favorite Richie Valens song- you may or may not have heard it before, but it rocks.
For all its fearfulness to adults, early R&R did have some non-threatening figures.
I mean, how scary could Fats Domino be? He has always been just a nice man.
I have an author friend of mine, Lou Miano, who is writing a book on Louis Prima.
He is of the opinion, and there are many others who agree with him, that Prima belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame under the Influences category.
He was apparently a wild man for his time, so a good case can be made.
I’ll play the original version of a song by him, one that was done recently on a Brian Setzer Orchestra album.
Also included in this chapter is a tune by one of the few female rockabilly artists (it was annoyingly almost strictly a boy’s club!), that has Elvis Presley song titles making up most of the lyrics.
We will go out with a set that includes an old radio commercial, dedicated to a couple of places a kid growing up in New York City could go to in the Summertime.
And one of the FEW places you could see R&R artists perform, frequently hosted by the same Cousin Bruce Morrow who will take my place on the radio just for one day!
I do hope you enjoyed the music and this series.
There is just something about the Summer that lends itself to those moldy oldies perfectly.
Here's the final link to this series,