THE DADDIO OF THE RADDIO
In my previous blog (Check it out!)
Jimmy Charles' MILLION TO ONE
was the next tune to come out of those giant speakers and I was flipped! It was another new tune with the sound that Porky had made into OUR sound and was even better than a lot of the old stuff--OUR music had taken over the world and I KNEW that I was part of THE THING (and thereby very cool)--and only eleven years old!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6OztcWULRI And, what a way to end a set of new tunes--Kathy Young & The Innocents' 1000 STARS IN THE SKY.. So all the great new music wasn't by Black (Negro, at the tine) performers. but it all had that sound to which Porky had hipped us. We were all getting it together and that was because of the music--OUR music!!!
There ya go; my very first set, at my very first dance was a slow set of new music--Go figure, all three of the tunes in that set were released that year, and that year was 1960 and the place was Tarentum, PA, just up the valley from The Burgh...
The intro to Hank Ballard's LET'S GO, LET'S GO, LET'S GO triggered a very cool transition and the dancers rolled into the fast set --everyone of them cool as could be falling into the groove and I felt the energy teaching me, right on the spot, how to roll with the music along with the rest of the rockers. Of course I was kind of hidden behind the door--I'd had to sneak into the joint!
Right on the tail of the Hank Ballard tune came Chuck Berry's SCHOOL DAYS blasting out of the speakers and the place went wild!!! And I realized that I was in trouble 'cause it was already after 9:00 pm and I was WAY late in getting home (eleven year old sixth grader, remember!?!). I made it home before Mom & Dad and my brother wasn't there either, I'd made it! But ya know what--no punishment would have been too severe for me to endure (had there been any) 'cause it was official now--I was one of the cool kids!!!