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The Journey of a Transitor Radio

February 25, 2010

Thoughts sometimes go to a time in my life as a teen in St. Louis, Mo.  During that time in the 1960’s, music began the subtle change from the “rocking” sound of Elvis, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, Paul Anka and Frankie Avalon to Motown.  With the advent of Motown came musical genres of R&B, pop, and soul music.  Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Supremes, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Smoky Robinson entered the music scene. 

Music shifted again, and we welcomed the Animals (House of the Rising Sun), Manfred Mann, Herman’s Hermits, the Rolling Stones (remember “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”?), Donovan, and the Beatles.

“American Bandstand” began airing in 1952, its final season in 1989.  Dick Clark, host and producer, brought rock n’ roll into the homes of many.  I can remember closely watching dance steps … the watusi, the fish, the horse, the frug, the jerk and the hitchhiker … and practicing in private. 

Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Biaz, Judy Collins, and Bob Dylan introduced folk to the country.  And during that time period Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, King Crimson made their debut.

And I would lie in bed, late at night, with my transistor radio to my ear …. listening to a hard rock station from somewhere in Arkansas …  

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