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Subject: "Juke Box Baby" and trends in music -- lsc
Date: Friday, July 06, 2018
Time: 7:19:23 AM
Remote Address: 184.108.40.206
Message ID: 316561
Parent ID: 316544
Thread ID: 316534
The Rock Era is so incredibly interesting in so many ways. One way is how trends happen. Elvis burst into the scene, and suddenly there are singers and there are songs that try to look and sound like Elvis.
In the later 50s there were songs that had that Big Bands sound like "Mack the Knife" & "Beneath the Sea" by Bobby Darin, and there's a slew of songs with that sound, from Paul Anka and others.
For a brief period of time there were a number of hits about teenage tragedies like "Last Kiss (Oh Where Can My Baby Be)" by J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers, and "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ray Peterson, and others. You know what's funny about that? Somebody, I forget who, came out with a response song putting down all the tragedy songs that were hits. I wish I can remember that song.
Then Beatlemania sweeps N America like wildfire, and all of a sudden there are a TON of acts trying to copy that sound, or somehow associate with or reference England -- for example: The Sir Douglas Quintet, they had a few hits, but they're from TEXAS. So what's with the "sir" stuff. 😜 Roger Miller did "England Swings", groups like the Knickerbockers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Beau Brummells, and many others tried to sound like the Beatles.
A little later on there was the Psychedelic sound that a lot of artists incorporated into their music. Even The Supremes ("Reflections") and Petula Clark ("Color My World") got into the act!!
There was the Folk-Rock trend, Protest songs, and Disco.....
About "Juke Box Baby", Yeah, that's Traditional Pop along the lines of Tony Bennett, Patti Page, & Nat King Cole, and it was fading out slowly. Dean Martin saw this threat and made fun of the Stones on the show Hollywood Palace.
But I think it was surprising that a Standard/Traditional Pop singer like Como would sing lyrics like "put a nickel in for 'Maybelline'
(Jukebox baby) drop another one for 'Seventeen'
(Jukebox baby)....You just ain't quittin' till ya rock that clock around...."
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