Sh-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock 'n' Roll (1953-1968)

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Morgan James Publishing, Oct 1, 2009 - Music - 344 pages
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There was a small sliver of time between Be-Bop and Hip-Hop, when a new generation of teenagers created rock 'n' roll. Clay Cole was one of those teenagers he was the host of his own Saturday night, pop music television show. Clay Cole's SH-BOOM! is the pop culture chronicle of that exciting time, 1953-1968, when teenagers created their own music, from swing bands and pop to rhythm and blues, cover records, a cappella, rockabilly, folk-rock, and girl groups; from the British Invasion to the creation of the American Boy Band. He was first to introduce Chubby Checker performing the "Twist;" the first to present the Rolling Stones, Tony Orlando, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, the Rascals, Ronettes, Four Seasons, Dion, and dozens more; the first to introduce music video clips, discotheque, go-go girls and young unknown standup comedians Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Fannie Flagg to a teenage television audience.
  

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Contents

1 Youngstown Ohio 1938 1954
1
2 ChicagoCumberland Gap 1954
17
3 Ohio to NYC 1955 1957
21
4 NBC to Channel 13 1957 1959
33
5 Channel 13 NYC 1959
49
6 Payola Scandal 1959
71
7 Copacabana
79
8 Palisades Amusement Park 1960
97
14 Family Matters
195
15 Girl Groups
201
16 British Invasion
211
17 Clay Coles Happening Place
229
18 Motown
243
19 American Boy Bands
255
20 The Partys Over
273
Coda
285

9 Twist 1961
109
10 Apollo
119
11 Brooklyn Paramount Theatre
149
12 WPIXTV
171
13 Channel 11 1963
185
Here There and Everywhere
289
Index
295
About the Author
318
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Clay Cole is one of live television's true pioneers, beginning in 1953 at age 15, as host and producer of his own Saturday night teenage music show. By the time he was 21, he was the wildly-popular singing-dancing star of New York's top-rated Clay Cole Show from 1959 to 1968.

Clay has written and produced over 3500 broadcast television shows, winning two Emmy Awards, and induction into the NYPD Honor Legion, his proudest moment.

After forty-four years as a New Yorker, Clay now lives on a remote island in North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River flows into the Atlantic, "a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem.

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