Tales from the Atomic Age

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

Folk and hippie fashions had begun to dominate; a few examples include Ben Franklin-style eyewear (also called "granny glasses," they were proudly worn by Roger McGuinn of The Byrds and John Lennon of The Beatles), hip-hugger pants (the term borrowed by Booker T. and the MG's for the 1967 instrumental hit "Hip-Hug-Her") and the pillbox hats that became a trendy fashion when Jacqueline Kennedy wore them. Bob Dylan jokingly ridiculed the "Leopard ... MORE ››

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The Monkees

The Monkees ruled the music world for awhile...check 'em out on the Top 100 Two-Sided Hits of the '50s and '60s! 200 smash A and B sides are right here ... MORE ››

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The Dovells

Several student songsters at Overbrook High School, basketball superstar Wilt Chamberlain's alma mater, made the most of their geographical good fortune in the late 1950s and early '60s. Philadelphia had become a musical hotbed after the locally-produced American Bandstand took off in the summer of '57, giving the show's producers (including host Dick Clark) the unprecedented power, by virtue of the show's enormous popularity, to break recording acts and help shape the tastes of America's youth. These Overbrook boys formed at about that time, briefly calling themselves The Cashmeres, then The Brooktones as a tribute to the school (both names, it turned out, were being used by groups in other parts of the country), setting their sights on the big prize and achieving ... MORE ››

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Blue Moon
by the Marcels

Constructing the song that became "Blue Moon" was a challenge for Richard Rodgers (who wrote the melody in 1933) and Lorenz Hart (who toiled over a few lyrical rewrites). The song debuted publicly as "The Bad in Every Man," sung by Shirley Ross in the 1934 film Manhattan Melodrama starring Clark Gable. It wasn't ... MORE ››