Sh-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock 'n' Roll, 1953–1968

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Morgan James Publishing, Oct 1, 2009 - Music - 344 pages
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A rip-snorting rock ‘n’ roll memoir from the legendary disc jockey who’s been called “the missing link to the Sixties.”
 
There was a small sliver of time between Bebop and Hip-Hop, when a new generation of teenagers created rock ‘n’ roll. Clay Cole was one of those teenagers, as the host of his own Saturday night pop music television show. Sh-Boom! is the pop culture chronicle of that exciting time, 1953 to 1968, when teenagers created their own music, from swing bands and pop to rhythm and blues, cover records, a cappella, rockabilly, folk-rock, and girl groups; from the British Invasion to the creation of the American Boy Band. He was the first to introduce Chubby Checker performing “The Twist”; the first to present the Rolling Stones, Tony Orlando, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, the Rascals, the Ronettes, the Four Seasons, Dion, and dozens more; the first to introduce music video clips, discotheque, go-go girls and young unknown standup comedians Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Fannie Flagg to a teenage television audience.
 
But after fifteen years of fame, Clay walked away from his highly popular Saturday night show at the age of thirty—and remained out of the spotlight for over forty years. Well, he’s missing no longer; he’s back with a remarkable story to tell. Brimming with the gossip, scandal and heartbreak of the upstart billion-dollar music biz, Sh-Boom! is a breezy, behind-the-scenes look at “live” television, mom-and-pop record companies, and a boozy, Mafia-run Manhattan during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.
 

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Contents

Introduction by David Hinckley Overture
1 Youngstown Ohio 1938 1954
2 ChicagoCumberland Gap 1954
3 Ohio to NYC 1955 1957
4 NBC to Channel 13 1957 1959
5 Channel 13 NYC 1959
6 Payola Scandal 1959
7 Copacabana
12 WPIXTV
13 Channel 11 1963
14 Family Matters
15 Girl Groups
16 British Invasion
17 Clay Coles Happening Place
18 Motown
19 American Boy Bands

8 Palisades Amusement Park 1960
9 Twist 1961
10 Apollo
11 Brooklyn Paramount Theatre

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About the author (2009)

Clay Cole is one of live television's true pioneers, beginning in 1953 at age 15, as host and producer of his own Saturday night teenage music show. By the time he was 21, he was the wildly-popular singing-dancing star of New York's top-rated Clay Cole Show from 1959 to 1968.

Clay has written and produced over 3500 broadcast television shows, winning two Emmy Awards, and induction into the NYPD Honor Legion, his proudest moment.

After forty-four years as a New Yorker, Clay now lives on a remote island in North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River flows into the Atlantic, ""a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem.

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