For this edition of TWR, we will be remembering the man known as "The King of Rockabilly" - Carl Perkins. Carl Lee Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 in Tiptonville, TN to Buck and Louise Perkins. As a youth, he would listen to "Grand Ole Opry" on the radio on Saturday nights. Young Carl… Continue reading Today We Remember: Carl Perkins, King of Rockabilly
Fifties Foto Flashback January 2019, S1 E4: “Three Legends and Jimmy Velvet” For this episode of Fifties Foto Flashback, I'm posting another fabulous photo of some amazing legendary musicians: Jerry Lee Lewis, Don Everly and Rock n Roll Pioneer, Buddy Holly. Oh, and there's also a guy named Jimmy Velvet in this photo too. … Continue reading Fifties Foto Flashback: Three Legends and Jimmy Velvet
Hi I'm Retro Dee and Welcome to a segment that I like to call "Life in the 50's"! In this post, we will be talking about movies! Like any era, movies were an important part of the 1950's. Movies in the 50's were filled with glamour and excitement, iconic stars, great music, wild westerns and… Continue reading Life in the 50’s: Movies!
For this edition of TWR, we remember Eddie Cochran, a young rebel of Rock N Roll who was, like too many others, gone too soon. While Eddie Cochran is probably most well-known for his 1958 smash-hit "Summertime Blues", he was another influential pioneer of early Rock N Roll who came out of the Heart of… Continue reading Today We Remember: Eddie Cochran – Rock N Roll Rebel
Today we remember the very best bassist of early Rock N Roll: Joe B. Mauldin. Joseph Benson Mauldin Jr. was born on July 8, 1940 in Lubbock, TX. It was at Lubbock Junior High that he learned to play several instruments including the steel guitar. By the age of 15, he joined his first band… Continue reading Today We Remember: Joe B. Mauldin
One of the very first 1950's Rock n Roll stars that I ever heard of was Ritchie Valens. Perhaps that's why to this day I have a special place for him in my heart. I was very young when I first saw La Bamba either on TV or VHS... don't quite remember. Although, what I… Continue reading Today We Remember: Ritchie Valens – Bright Young Talent, Gone Too Soon
My inspiration for this entry came when I was thinking of how little I knew about the music of the Fabulous Fifties until relatively recently. I've always liked 50's music from as far back as I can possibly remember, but I never knew all that much about it. I mean, you can like something without… Continue reading Retro Dee Reveals: Musical Misconceptions