The year was 1956. It was a very good year — for some. There was an increased standard of living, with a big push onto higher education. One in three high school graduates went off to college. There were disposable diapers as well as new non-stick frying pans. Heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano retired without losing a professional boxing match. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis called it quits after ten years as a comedy team. Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and, later in the year, married playwright Arthur Miller. The Broadway musical My Fair Lady opened in New York City. Cecil B. DeMille released his epic film The Ten Commandments, which starred Charlton Heston as Moses. There were new TV shows, including As the World Turns, The Price is Right, and The Huntley-Brinkley Report. Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan shows. Elvis entered the national music charts with “Heartbreak Hotel.” He also released his first album Elvis Presley, which went gold.
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The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.
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