[Dixielandjazz] So many minutes of Silence
Stephen G Barbone
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 1 14:16:46 PDT 2010
On Jun 1, 2010, at 3:00 PM, dixielandjazz-request at ml.islandnet.com
> W1AB at aol.com wrote (polite snip)
> Here's a story from the early days of rock and roll in America,
> the music was truly bad. Back when some of the guitar players
> couldn't even get their own guitar's six strings in tune! (I've
> told this to
> a lot of people my age, and almost no one remembers the situation.)
I remember one of those bands in particular. It was in the early 1960s
I was playing in a Dixieland Band one weekend at Cornell University
for a party at one of the fraternities there. Those were the days of
Dixieland on the college circuit, and I worked many a weekend at
colleges in the Northeast US.
Rock was just taking off after Elvis got going.
They had 2 bands, ours, The Southampton Dixie Racing and Clambake
Society Jazz Band and a Rock & Roll band.. The Rockers were horribly
out of tune and truly awful. In the middle of their first set (after
our first set), the kids loaded up pitchers of beer, doused them and
sent them packing.
It was quite a scene. I'd love to see that again. <grin>
Shortly thereafter, the rock bands got better and that beautiful
Dixieland at College scene disappeared.
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