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Doo-Wop, Rock and Roll, Hot Rods, and Automotive-Inspired Juvenile Delinquency of the Fifties

Posted June 27, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

“Great Googamooga, Shoogamooga…Hey there, all you Mommy-Os and Daddy-Os, welcome aboard the Big ‘Rocket Ship’ Show. It’s your engineer, Jocko, your Ace from Outer Space, way up here in the stratosphere…we gonna holler loud and clear.” -Jocko Henderson

Jocko.

It was around midnight and Dad cringed as he watched me pull into the driveway, blue smoke billowing from my ’51 Mercury’s dual tailpipes and radio turned up to 50,000 decibels.

“Turn down that radio…you’ll wake the neighbors and the dead!” he ordered.

I knew he hated what he heard, a mix of doo-wop rock-and-roll—which he likened to the “screaming meemies” (nervous hysteria)—and a black disc jockey who yelled in strange-sounding, almost-incoherent sentences that I savored.

Looking back on 1950s greaser culture and influences.

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