Join lecturer Jon VanderPloeg who will discuss the music of 1959; Elvis was in the army, Little Richard brought his mojo to the ministry, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash, Chuck Berry went to prison, and Jerry Lee Lewis was found to have married his 13 year old cousin. Rock and Roll seemed dead, and the music industry soon invented teen idols like Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Bobby Vee. Ricky Nelson kept rockin’, maintaining the music’s faint heartbeat. We were saved in the 60’s by the second coming of rock and roll – The British Invasion, starting in 1960 with Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, who were “Shakin’ All Over.” The early British Invasion was merely a repackaging of American blues and R & B, with a British accent. Thank goodness for the Brits, whose last invasion had included the burning of the White House.
This lecture is part of the museum's year-long celebration of its 60th Anniversary with its theme, "Party Like it's 1959!"