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ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK

MONDAYS, MAY 4, 11, 18; 6 TO 8 P.M. 
Location: Cargill Auditorium, Entrance 14, Lot 4 
Fee: No charge / Max:100
Lifelong Learning membership required 
 

Session 1: Bridging the Gap: Ricky Nelson and Roy Orbison 

In that leap from Elvis to the Beatles, there was Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Darin, and Roy Orbison. Elvis, Chuck, and Buddy faded by 1959. One was in the army, one was in prison, and the other was in a grave. If rock was to survive, others had to lead the way. In this Session we will look at three performers on the scene fighting the waves to keep rock ‘n’ roll vital between 1959 and 1964 when the Beatles led the British Invasion to retake America! 

Ricky Nelson, the clean-cut kid that grew up on TV, traded his crew cut for Elvis locks. But when he picked up a guitar, he added his name to rock history. Unlike others that were trying to be the manufactured successor to Elvis, Ricky had talent to match his charisma. His songs would stay as fresh as his looks, and he would blaze a trail of hits as he “Said Hello Marylou” and goodbye to being the TV son of America’s favorite Fifties family! 

Roy Orbison was the opposite of Ricky, unknown and no ready platform. His country crooner voice was in contrast to the rockabilly of Elvis and Ricky. His style was smoother, yet more rock than the upcoming crop of country singers like Johnny Cash. How did Roy get his shot at fame to transcend his time and still be playing country-rock with some of the biggest names in the business 40 years later? 

Join Russ Gifford to revisit the times and the talents that kept rock alive in America after Elvis and before the Beatles! 

Monday, May 4; 6 to 8 p.m
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2827-04 


Session 2: America’s Response to the British Invasion: Fighting Back with Paul Revere and a Host of Helpers! 

When the Beatles stormed the shores and took over the airwaves in 1964, things looked bleak for American singers. The Brill Building era of hit-making was gone. The rock DJ’s were adopting the “Top Forty” format, and there seemed to be little room for American acts. But all across America, little bands had been keeping the beat, working bars and restaurants, and high school sock hops. Individual promoters created these circuits, and guys that flipped burgers during the week waited for the weekend in their hope to rock the world. 

One of those guys was Paul Revere. He was born and raised in a tiny town of Harvard, Nebraska. When he moved to the northwest and found Mark Lindsay, they blazed a trail across the sky and left a string of hits in their wake. 

We will look at their story and other groups that range from strong contenders like the Beau Brummel’s and one-hit-wonders like the Knickerbockers. America strikes back, this week on Rock Around the Clock! 

Monday, May 11; 6 to 8 p.m. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2827-05 


Session 3: Siouxland in the Golden Age of Live Music! 

While Sioux City saw big names in the 1950s like Elvis, Siouxland also had a history of live music in fancy restaurants and dinner clubs from the 1940s through the 1970s, and some would say on into today! The era of the Starlight Lounge and Shore Acres gave way to the steak houses that hosted live music every weekend. The Paddock, The Flamingo, and so many others in Siouxland gave venues and audiences to established circuit groups and up-and-coming local groups every weekend. 

Relive the glory years of Siouxland live music as Rock Around the Clock remembers the Sioux City cocktail clubs and the people who played them! 

Monday, May 18; 6 to 8 p.m. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2827-06

 

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