I Wonder Why: Sha Na Na

Monday morning, Sha Na Na. I saw these guys at Ferris Booth Hall when I was a student at Columbia University in the early 70s. I think most of them were Columbia alumni. I love the chaotic choreography.

Thanks to YouTuber Musikladen

Never Let You Go

Monday morning, Brooklyn’s own The Five Discs with John Carbone on lead. While they never had any big commercial successes, this once inter-racial group was recognized by other Doo-Woopers as one of the great purveyors of that kind of song.

Thanks to YouTuber PJDooWop

Laughter In The Rain: Neil Sedaka

Monday morning, after a miserable wet weekend here in New York, Neil Sedaka (still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!) seems well-nigh giddy, and doesn’t seem to mind that his auditory hallucinations are compounding rapidly.

Thanks to YouTuber H. Memo Rhein

Oh Boy! Buddy Holly

In this live performance from The Ed Sullivan Show, you can barely hear Buddy’s guitar because Ed demanded that the sound be turned down. But Buddy bangs it out nevertheless. After that, Buddy reportedly refused to perform the second song he was scheduled to sing on the show.

Thanks to YouTuber Maniana14

“Let’s Not Be L-7”: Wooly Bully

Monday morning, Matty told Hattie about the thing she saw, as reported by Sam the Sham (aka Domingo Samudio) and the Pharaohs.

This is from a performance on the Mike Douglas Show out of Philadelphia, which unlike most variety shows of the era, had performers sing live rather than lip-synch.

I think it was on the Patty Duke Show where I first learned that “L-7” meant “square,” because if you put your two hands together, one with your fingers in an “L” shape and the other upside down as a “7,” they formed the image of a square.

Ever-Reliable Wikipedia tells us it’s Butch Gibson on the saxophone.

Thanks to YouTuber jthyme

“Here’s My Story, Sad, But True…”

By 1961, Dion had ditched the Belmonts, for the somewhat longer-in-the-tooth Del-Satins. Fans may remember that it was in Dion’s number one hit song for that year that Mr. DiMucci delivered to us the explosive, shocking, world-shaking news headline that Runaround Sue, “Goes out with other guys!”

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Rock ‘N’ Roll School


Wow. Monday morning, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Clapton, and a bunch of other great musicians, show how it’s done.

Carl Perkins (guitar, vocals)
Geraint Watkins (piano)
Dave Edmunds (guitar, vocals)
George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Rosanne Cash (vocals, maracas)
Ringo Starr (drums, tambourine, vocals)
Slim Jim Phantom (drums)
Greg Perkins (bass guitar)
Lee Rocker (double bass)
Earl Slick (guitar)
David Charles (drums)
John David (bass guitar)
Mickey Gee (guitar)

Thanks to YouTuber Carl Perkins on MV

The Boy From New York City: The Ad Libs


Monday morning, The Ad Libs a one-hit wonder group from 1965 with a great American Bandstand beat. Mary Ann Thomas from Bayonne, New Jersey on vocals.

Thanks to YouTuber shoderzmuzik