This first era of rock and roll dates (more or less) from Eisenhower’s first election in 1952 to The British Invasion in 1964. Doo wop was a signature sound with its beautiful vocal harmonies, beat, and nonsense syllables, but there was a lot of pioneering going on with rhythm and blues, rock and roll, rockabilly, and crossovers from country music. That’s why we go beyond the doo wop genre per se and explore those years. Each blog post is just a mosaic. When put together, the posts start to provide a picture of the time. Please visit the Rec Room for a featured record on the record player, a TV with four channels, and a jukebox with 60+ songs. We have an all request Juke Box Saturday night in the rec room each weekend so you can hear your favorites from the 50s and 60s. There is also a Daily Doo Wop for videos of those golden oldies.

July 25, 2017
Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy

Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy

This instrumental was written by Duane Eddy and singer/songwriter/record producer Lee Hazlewood. In 1958, the single, backed with “Stalkin’,” went to #6 on the U.S. Pop […]
June 27, 2017
Peter Gunn Theme by Ray Anthony

Peter Gunn Theme by Ray Anthony

This week’s Instrumentals Tuesday pick is the “Peter Gunn Theme” by Ray Anthony. The original “Peter Gunn Theme” was composed by Henry Mancini for the TV […]
June 20, 2017
Yakety Sax by Boots Randolph

Yakety Sax by Boots Randolph

The pop jazz instrumental “Yakety Sax” was written by Boots Randolph and guitarist James Q. “Spider” Rich. Evidently, the story is that they were influenced (or […]
June 19, 2017
Theme from a A Summer Place by Percy Faith and his Orchestra

Theme from A Summer Place by Percy Faith

Here’s one of the most popular instrumentals on the charts: “Theme from A Summer Place” by Percy Faith and his Orchestra. They were in love once […]