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Rock-and-Roll in America, 1956-1960

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My favorite musician from 1956 thru 1959 was Chuck Berry. Even though Elvis and Jerry Lee and the Everly Brothers were good, and Bill Haley had a hit that got us dancing in the isles in the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Chuck Berry wrote and played songs about cars, and teen love, and teens generally that just blew me away.


Chuck Berry Performing in France in 1987, by Wikipedia

Those were prolific times, and for a single musician and his music, Chuck was my main man.

Then when I got to law school in 1963, there was a Berkeley kid in my class named Louie Haas, and he played rock-and-roll. I never heard him live but I knew he was playing gigs in addition to hitting the blue law books and smoking weed. And forty years later, Louie Louie emailed me a link; and I'd like to share it with you. It's called the "Briarcliff Manor High School Class of 1960 1956-1960 Rock and Roll Juke Box !" and you access it by clicking here.

Life's too short for seriousness even most of the time.

Enjoy!

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 

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seriousness all the time. And I suspect there's ne... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 6:50:04 AM
Last night I dreamed Pink Floyd had a new 3 disc r... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 7:24:41 AM
'Course, they're getting a little old now. Too o... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 7:28:07 AM
Pure Happiness"...... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 7:36:32 AM
I gotta tell you this story about me:The night tha... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:11:24 AM
on the list by the late great Link Wray, and surpr... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 8:41:13 AM
and I figured it was due to his estate's preventin... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 12:01:28 PM
Hail, Hail Rock and Roll, that was re-released abo... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 2:45:59 PM
rock 'n roll song I remember after a few years of ... by David McCauley on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 2:49:25 PM
now i wanna know when he comes out with a jukebox ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 5:07:18 PM
This is not any kind of bathroom joke, is it, Rows... by Allan Wayne on Sunday, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:45:55 PM