Tales from the Atomic Age

Fly-By-Night Fun: Fashion
and Fads, Toys and Trends

Suede shoes were most popular in shades of brown or gray...until Carl Perkins created a demand for the shoe in azure hues when his recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" became a major hit in the spring of 1956. A version by Elvis Presley shortly afterward validated Carl's choice of footwear; those blue suedes have since become a classic icon of rock and roll's early years. While the flashy foot fashion represented youth culture, flat top haircuts were favored by many adult ... MORE ››

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Fontella Bass

"Rescue Me" is one of three for Fontella Bass on the Top 100 Chess-Checker Hits of the '50s and '60s! Check out the best from Michigan Avenue... MORE ››

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Rosemary Clooney

Dysfunctional families may not be necessary in the show business world, yet being born into one seems to have fed many a person's drive to succeed. Rosemary Clooney, in various interviews over the years, claimed to be from one such family. Andrew Clooney prioritized alcoholic beverage over raising his children; his wife, Frances, also had little time for her eldest daughter (born Rose Mary in 1928 in Maysville, Kentucky, a small town about 60 miles southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio), sister Betty (who came three years later) and brother Nick (three years after that). Growing up mostly with grandparents, uncles and aunts, the three siblings (not to mention several helf-sisters, step-brothers and what have you) seldom found themselves under one roof for ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Claudine Clark

Hey, Schoolgirl
by Tom and Jerry

Eleven-year-old Queens, New York elementary school students Arthur (Artie) Garfunkel and Paul Simon first met in 1953, becoming close friends through a mutual interest in music. Inspired by the many New York City doo wop groups of the mid-'50s, they started writing songs together while attending Parsons Junior High School ... MORE ››