...the history of rock and roll from the doo-wop songs of "Who Wrote the Book of Love" on through Elvis up to Rolling Stones concert at Altamonte Speedway.
"I totally connected to Fifties Rock and Roll Revival that was happening in 1971. I was only eleven, but I had my older brother's and sister's 33's and 45's...I'd wear out needles listening over and over. Our families had a lot of sing-along parties....long before karaoke machines....Heck, my brother Bobby and I were the Karaoke machine...we'd play song after song as friends and family joined in.
LA Daniels and I love to play "Happy Tunes for Happy Times." This includes many original American rock and roll songs, as well as patriotic classics and other American Cultural music dating back as far as the Civil War Era.
"Before electronic media there was minstrel and then vaudeville. From the the great show palaces to the great silver screens of the 30’s, these songs were the background of Americans growing up together
When AM Radio developed, we were a nation strung together in culture long before wi-fi. As the post-war years boomed, so did a generation filled with lots of great music from the 40’s crooners & 50’s doo-wop and then the rock and rollers.
As the years went by (and the rock just died), many many great bands of the 60’s & 70’s created new sounds and classic remakes of old ryhthm & blues standards. I bring them back fully alive for sing-along fun.
"Don't let 'em take me to disco, I'd rather hear some blues and funky old soul"
- Bob Seger "Old Time Rock and Roll"
"These songs never die. Heck, they've never even had a sick day in their lives. People love the memories they create, and I do too. That’s why we came out of the garage to keep the fire burnin’ (speaking of Elvis in “Burnin’ Love"). I mean, ‘Your kisses lift me higher, like the sweet song of a choir, you light my morning sky....burnin' love.?’ How pure can you get? Or Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy!” ‘A little bit of lovin' make everything right, I’m going to see my baby tonight.' That song "Oh Boy!" is about a teenager in love, sung by a teenager in love, but its very different from Dion and the Belmonts "Teenager in Love." I guess that's our theme...remembering the times when we were all teenagers in love. It's that simple.
"One day I feel so happy, next day I feel so sad,
I guess I'll learn to take the good with the bad
Each night I ask the stars up above,
Why must I be-e a teenager in love?"
- Dion & The Belmonts
"Music has come a long way, but people’s desire to have love, to dance, and love to dance remains quite simple. Put it to the beat, and you have pure rock and roll...from the ’54 year of Elvis up until the late ’60’s and songs like “Me and Bobby Magee, another great American anthem love song. What great emotion. I bring these songs out into the community because they are beautiful and happy songs. Dance and smile, dance and smile, I like to see the people dance & smile.”
"I’d trade all my tomorrows, for one single yesterday,
to be holding Bobby’s body next to mine."
- From "Me & Bobby Magee" written by Kris Kristoferson
Tom & LA like to see them sing-a-long as well. They often invites friends and audience members to join in on the microphone. They have song list at their performances to take requests.
“Everybody is a star. Some people love to let it out in song, and that inspires others. That is why Karaoke is so popular. We play a lot of requests and some folks sing them way better than we do! We have a lot of fun. Let the good times roll...”
"I love you for who you are, not for what you feel you need to be."
From "Everybody is a Star" - made famous by Sly & the Family Stone