Rock & Roll Reminder!

TGIF! It’s time to deliver another reminder of how good the music was in the “good old days” of rock ‘n’ roll! Today you’re getting a look back at two very special years.

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1959 Medley

Johnny Horton – Lloyd Price – Frankie Avalon
Bobby Darin – Jim Reeves – Dion & The Belmonts
Paul Anka – The Fleetwoods

1962 Medley

Rick Nelson – Sam Cooke – Ray Charles
Elvis Presley – Jimmy Clanton

Comments (13)

  1. Barbara

    Oh my what a blast from the past! I’m still laughing at the first song of the ’59 video …. my mother used to love to sing along as she would drive … oh Ray you always know the songs that will strike a cord in us. The music of our youth was as innocent as we were. I wish our grandchildren lived in a time that was filled with hope …. and then wonder if maybe they do … it’s just different than it was for us. You always make me think when you post music or history. Thank you for that my friend. I hope you are Rocking these summer days. You should have been a teacher …. you have the heart and soul of a teacher! You’re truly a special person. Your mom must smile as she watches over you ….

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Barbara πŸ™‚
      Such kind words! I sincerely appreciate every one of them.
      I wish with all my heart I had been a teacher.

  2. Donald Doyle

    Ray you are in an Ultra Mellow Mood today! These medleys highlight the purity of the artist’s voices. No screeching, no falsetto just the natural beauty of their voices. Rick Nelson & Sam Cooke are the best examples but Jimmy Clinton, (thanks for including him), and Frankie Avalon also make their singing seem so natural and effortless, it is a joy to listen to them. I usually like a bit more energy but this was a refreshing change of pace, (especially Johnny Horton!).
    I am curious as to how you picked the years to feature today. I know you have a method to your madness, just can’t figure it out. Thanks Ray for an enjoyable way to start my day. You Rock my Brother!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Don πŸ™‚

      The whole thing was an emphasis on the early days of rock and roll (which was on average a lot more mellow than the years to come). It was a mellow medley on a Friday instead of a Sunday. πŸ™‚
      Rock On, Bro!

  3. Donald Doyle

    Just noticed I got auto corrected on Jimmy Clanton. Oh well.

  4. Wendyl

    Loved them both! Of course! And I didn’t even cry during Elvis’ song. πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy this sunshiny day and stay cool which I know comes naturally for you! πŸ™‚ XOXOXOXO πŸ™‚

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Wendyl ❀️
      No tears for Elvis? You’re getting stronger every day! πŸ™‚

  5. Penny

    loved them … Johnny Horton brings back memories of stories from my dad..he and my uncle were friends with him and they used to sit out on front porch and play guitars!
    My parents had Jim Reeves on reel to reel back in the day. Wasn’t he called Gentleman Jim? Can NEVER go wrong with any Elvis song … LOL Thanks Ray! Have a great and cool week-end!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Penny ❀️
      I’m so glad you enjoyed them (including Gentleman Jim!) πŸ™‚
      Stay Cool!

  6. Pat Conant

    Listening to this on a dark & dreary day in Bristol, Vt. Cheered me up immensely. Two of my favorite years in music. I just became a teenager in 1959, and was dreaming of a first love! And actually had a first love in 1962(LOL). Love every one of these songs. Another medley to listen to, over & over. You are The Best, Ray.

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Pat πŸ™‚
      It is pouring in West Lebanon, NH as I type this but the music always brings the sunshine! So glad you enjoyed both medleys and I’m glad the music brought back wonderful memories. πŸ™‚

  7. Sandy Gaither

    This was absolutely a blast from the past! Such a wonderful selection of songs. It is taken me over a week to finally get to the second part 1962 the year I graduated from high school. The memories from the songs are incredible too numerous to mention here in this short blog. I just can’t be any more expressive than when I say, you really outdid yourself. What a wonderful batch of choices. Thank you thank you for using a God given talent!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Sandy, you made my day! ❀️


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