Tag Archives: 1960s

Soundtrack of my day.

Past couple of days, these few songs NEEDED to be played, at least once a day. They’re just such great songs. They’ll put you in a good mood, and you can cruise around with these few songs and just enjoy the day.

Eddie Cochran – Something Else

The Crows – Gee

(Buddy Holly and) The Crickets – Fools Paradise

Ritchie Valens – Come On Let’s Go

Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids – She’s So Fine

These are only a few, but trust me. There’s a whole lot more.

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Fenders

This post has nothing to do with guitars or anything with cars.

A popular 1950s hairstyle is the Flattop with Fenders. Personally, this is not my thing. (Even though my barber DID offer to give me one! jokingly. I hope.) Charles Martin Smith aka Terry the Toad, would also agree. As he had to have his hair cut into a flattop with fenders, for American Graffiti. But for the lads of the 50s, this was cool.

The hair cut is pretty simple… A little buzz cut on the top, about a cm or so of hair brushed forward. The front of the hair, was slightly longer, so it would sort of “box” in the hair at the top of the head. Maybe an inch in length. The side aka “fenders,” were considerably longer than the rest. About 3 inches in length! You can only imagine how your hair must have looked, if you didn’t or forgot to style it for the day!

The fenders were usually slicked back and the top of the hair, brushed forward.

1955 Blackboard Jungle

Up close and personal. An unnamed student. Sort of looks like Terry the Toad, doesn’t he? Maybe that’s where George Lucas drew inspiration for the character. Still trying to identify the hairstyle, from the kid in the back, behind Glenn Ford.

Terry the Toad getting smooth with Debbie.

I’m pretty sure Charles Martin Smith wouldn’t mind having a flattop with fenders now!

Even though I personally prefer a pompadour, than any other 1950s hair style, the flattop with fenders still gets respect from me. Guys back then really cared about their image. And being up to date with the latest hairstyles, was a must. The flat top with fenders is just one of the many hairstyles of the youth in America in the 1950s.

But, does it have the longevity like the pompadour?

ROCKABILLY FEVER!!!

I know Rockabilly has been around, and has hit high end fashion and what not… It’s made subtle appearances in movies and TV shows… But as of late, it’s really been hitting mainstream, everything…

Just the other day, walking through the mall to head to the Apple Store, my girlfriend noticed a HUGE pomp… The store GUESS had a major “greaser” styled model with a big fluffy pompadour.

Guess is the most rockabilly store out there!

Don’t mind my friend, he doesn’t understand “Watch out, I’m taking a picture.”
The mannequins were styled with “chambray,” plaid prints and leather jackets. Never been a fan of GUESS, so I ddn’t want to stand infront of this place taking pictures.

Rockabilly is also at corporate STARBUCKS! Every now and then, I’d take a look at the “cool new” cds Starbucks have. Hey, sometimes they have something catchy! But today we noticed something that pertains to this here blog.

EDDIE COCHRAN! Not really, it was just him three times on the cover of “LET’S GO! That Rockabilly Rhythm” Even though they had him on the cover, he wasn’t listed on the front sticker!

LET’s GO!

Not a bad mix of artists, I suppose… Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, and obviously, Eddie Cochran, just to name a few.

I already have most of the songs on my iPhone, so there was no need to have this CD. But, if you want to get your taste of good ol 1950s-1960s Rock & Roll, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

I, personally prefer this era of rockabilly, as opposed to rockabilly of today. But if it’s good music I could tap my toes to, then why not?

Here, I leave you all with Carl Perkins – Rockabilly Fever.