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.


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April 29, 2014
Queen of the Kitchen for Retro Recipes

Chow Mein Casserole

Retro Recipes Back in the 1950s, it was hooray for meals that were semi-homemade — that is, meals made with some ingredients from a can or […]
March 9, 2014
A Martini cocktail

Three Retro Martini Recipes

Retro Recipes What would the 1950s be without the Martini? This concoction, sorry, cocktail,  provided rocket fuel for our parents in this first era of rock […]
December 21, 2013
Weekend Retro Recipe: Mai Tai Punch

Mai Tai Punch

Retro Recipes Pineapples are festive, right? They are a symbol of friendship. Mai Tai Punch, which is a great retro recipe, can be an alternative to […]
September 13, 2013

Cherry Chocolate Cake

Retro Recipes This rich, easy-to-make cake  is the kind of semi-homemade baking popular in the doo wop era. In 1950, a study from the Institute for […]