Rock N' Roll Infatuation


By: Wayne Brown

Well it all started back there with the Delta Blues

Then Elvis got into it with them “Blue Suede Shoes”

Bill Haley jumped in with “Rock Around The Clock”

And pretty soon we were all doin’ that cool-cat rock

Jerry Lee Lewis did “Whole Lot of Shakin’” real fine

Johnny Cash showed up with “I Walk the Line”

Carl Perkins picked out with his rockabilly taunt

Doin’ one of his songs called, “Oh Honey Don’t”

The music caught fire and it burned to the soul

The radio stations started playin’ that rock n’ roll

Everybody was jumpin’ to that rockabilly beat

Outraged preachers called it “sinning in the streets!”

Buddy Holly rocked out with “Pretty Peggy Sue”

Roy Orbison was there writing good songs too

We thrilled to the Big Bopper on “Chantilly Lace”

And watched Elvis shake his hips all over the place

Then there was that cold night in an Iowa town

When weather and mistakes took a small plane down

We heard Holly, Valens, and Richardson were inside

Some still say that was the day the music died

Ricky Nelson swooned all the girls with “It’s Late”

While Floyd Cramer’s piano shined playing “Last Date”

The Beach Boys wrote a song called, “I Get Around”

And the Everly Brothers harmonized on “Cathy’s Clown”

American Bandstand on TV; Dick Clark’s into the groove

An afternoon dance party on the black & white tube

Lots of kids from Philly dancing the bop to all that jive

Fabian, Avalon, Anka, and Darin performing songs live

Soon the kids were dancing the Jerk, Jump, and Slide

Some did the Watusi to “Jenny Take a Ride”

Mashed Potatoes, Hully Gully, Chubby Checker’s Twist

Chubby had a little dance and it goes like this

And then came Motown joining in to the rock scene

With Wilson, Gaye, Little Anthony, and the Supremes

Motown brought some mellow and mixed it with the Roll

Then added James Brown funk and Otis Redding soul

The Righteous Brothers had that “Blue-Eyed Soul” sound

And a Brit named Petula took us all “Downtown”

Wilson Pickett crooned madly about that “Midnight Hour”

Bobby Darin was “Splish-Splashin” in the bath not the shower

Soon came The Beatles in their Nehru suits

With funny haircuts, short pants, and shoe- like boots

They turned music on its head; took it to the extreme

And stayed around longer than their yellow submarine

Then came the Rolling Stones, another bunch of Brits

Whose music caught on with that “Start Me Up” bit

Dave Clark, The Animals, and others on the radio station

America was just a rockin’ to a new British Invasion

So it was as time ticked slowly along the clock

Rock n’ Roll evolved and it just never did stop

Today there is more styles than one can name

A broad range of music but rock n’ roll just the same

So here’s to the music of those bygone 60’s years

Where hip-shakin’ mamas light off a fire of sinful fears

And a thumpin’, bumpin’, guitar with a bass-bottom beat

Got us up off our butts and out dancin’ in the street

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

20 December 2012

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Bravo! Extremely clever. Thank you.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Mhatter99....Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it...~WB

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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I have a bic lighter waving back and forth!!!

Again more fun stuff!

Nice touch with "Old time rock n roll!" as your finale'

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@CMerritt...Glad you had fun with it, Chris. Keep waving that flame! ~WB

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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Awesome, Wayne. I love it and voted all UP beat. Ohhhh! those were the days for sure. Thank you for bringing back such joyous memories.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This is such a wonderful poem. Thanks for all the great rock and roll memories. Loved this and passing it on.

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Wayne - So well you describe our rock & roll

it's been our music of the heart and soul.

Good times and bad, we always listened so

"Hey Jude", "Satisfaction", and "Ohio".

It was our friend with stories for all

spreading hope of tyranny's fall.

"Run Through The Jungle" or simply "Stay"

we had curious minds to find the way.

We listen still to those cherished songs

and wish they could solve society's wrongs.

If we would just "Teach Our Children" a little more

and with Baez's "Amazing Grace" heal the sore.

Great job, my friend! I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Carl Perkins! Yes!......Rockin Poem, Wayne.....straight out of our generation... Here's to the Boomers! As I started out reading, I'm thinking, "OK, can mention Carl Perkins, anytime now," and VIOLA!! You did....."HoneyDon't" of my favorites. I play a CD by him whenever I want to feel energized....

Sure, I rock & roll a bit slower and gentler....but, once a '50's-'60's Rock 'n Roll freak...always a freak!!...This was fun, Wayne. Thanks! UP ++++

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Phyllis Doyle....Thank you! Glad I could stir those memories a bit. ~WB

@Gypsy Rose Lee...Thank you and thanks so much for sharing. Those were some mighty fine days and some mighty fine musical memories. ~WB

@rcrumple....Well look at you rich....your "boomer past" is showing big time! LOL! Great comment is verse. Maybe you should have written this one! There's still room in the pool! LOL! Thanks much. ~WB

@fpherj48....I think Carl's song is the perfect married man comment...."Honey, Don't!" I can think of a few million times on those "honey-do's" where it might have worked...then, maybe not. LOL! Glad that I could keep the realism there for you. That will always be some mighty fine music which someone will always be playing somewhere. Thanks, Paula. ~WB

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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Great poem! I love rock 'n' roll, especially the Everley Brothers and early Cliff Richard, amongst so many others. The Beatles revolutionised my teens and lit up the world! This is a poem to dance to - brill! Up etc.. Ann

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@annart....I love the Everly's harmony and guitar work. I am fascinated by Richards....he convinces me there is life after death! LOL! Thanks much, Ann. ~WB

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

yeah......maybe not. lol..........

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Those were the days!!!!

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...They sure were and the music will never die until the last "Boomer" is gone. Thanks much! ~WB

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Wayne, I think the music will live on. My kids and even my grandchildren know the music.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...I think so too. I have a nephew who was raised on the is still the best music around. ~WB

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epigramman 4 years ago

...well Sir Wayne - you just knew that I would love this one being the big music buff that I am so I will definitely post this beauty to the Music and Writing FB group with a post, a link and a share.

And I sit here, Mr. Brown, on this boxing day morning at 7:15am sending you warm holiday wishes and for continued health , happiness and prosperity in the new year for you and your family.

We have known each now for over 2 years or more and I have to say I am privileged and honored to know such a fine gentleman, a world class writer and such an excellent hub team player like yourself - lake erie time ontario canada 7:17am

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@epigramman....The pleasure has been mine and it will be 3 years in February. I never cease to be amazed by your creativity and uncanny ability to come up with the wittiest of rhymes. Epi, you are one of the talented people who make this site work and I, like hundreds of others here have benefitted by witnessing your unique talents. My best to you in the coming year! ~WB

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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

That was simply fabulous. Thank you.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Dim Flaxenwick....Thanks so very much. I really enjoyed writing it and glad you enjoyed it as well. ~WB

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Excellent! Wonderful ode to some of the all time classics and true masters of Rock n Roll.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@shiningirisheyes...Thank you! I had lots of fun writing this one. ~WB

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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Wayne. Absolutely brilliant I'm 68 and remember them all. A really clever hub and your video was absolutely spot on.

Voted up and all.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@old albion....Thank you, I am real close behind you on the age thing but lived most of what I spoke of in the poem. I doubt that time will ever come again in music...a truly magical period in our history. Thanks much for the good words. ~WB

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