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Join Russ Gifford as he conducts tours of 1952-1959 via music and memories! While the older generation was worried about the bomb, what exploded was the music! Time to go back to the roots of Rock n’ Roll, check-in with the top talent, and remember when Rock was young, fun, and here to stay!

: Advanced Sciences Building, Room L416/417
Fee: No charge / Max: 40
Lifelong Learning membership required


Revisit the era of Doo-Wop, starting with a look at the roots of street corner harmonies that grew into the fully orchestrated forerunners of rock ‘n’ roll hit-makers! We’ll listen to the big hits from the Platters, the Drifters, the Diamonds, and, of course, Dion! And no, we will not overlook the Flamingos or Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. So before you can say “Sh-Boom,” join us for a trip back to the best of the Doo- Wop Era! Life Will Be a Dream, Sweetheart! See you at the Hop! 
Monday, April 30; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #18/FY-CPDV-2827-04


While radio stations were vital to spread the word of rock ‘n’ roll in the late 1950s, movies had a powerful influence on the rapid rise of rock ‘n’ roll! Join Russ Gifford as he brings back these memories with movie clips showing kids having fun and dreamboat rock stars on the big screen! We all remember the importance of Bill Halley’s hit with “Rock Around the Clock,” but now we’ll look at the importance of other movies that broke through! From Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers to Fats Domino, the Del Vikings, and the Diamonds, and all the hits in between, it was the movies that gave us our first look at these sensations of the 1950s! But, of course, when Elvis started making his movies in 1956, he changed everything with blockbusters like “Love Me Tender,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “GI Blues.” Jump in your jalopy and burn rubber to get to WITCC for this retrospective for great groups and the influence of movies on rock ’n’ roll!
Monday, May 7; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #18/FY-CPDV-2827-05 


Session 3: TOP SINGLES OF 1958!
Join us for a look back to what you were listening to 60 years ago! From the Everly Brothers’ big hit, “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” to Ricky Nelson’s, “Poor Little Fool,” there were great hits in 1958! Remember an era before we segregated the air- waves. Early rock ‘n’ rollers Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis, and the Everly Brothers mixed on the air with Dean Martin, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, and Pat Boone on the same stations! And there were lots of ladies on the charts, too - Connie Francis, Laurie London, and the McGuire Sisters. But another aspect of the 1950’s mix were the just for fun songs. “Yakkity Yak,” “Short Shorts,” “Get a Job!,” “Witch Doctor,” and “Purple People Eater!” all hit the charts in 1958! What a mix of mu- sic! Join us for a trip back, which will also include pictures of Sioux City in the 1950s to remind you what was going on in the world. You can fill us in on what you were doing while you were listening to these golden greats! See you there!
Monday, May 14; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #18/FY-CPDV-2827-06 


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