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By Jerry Hopkins
Now CRUISIN' goes to '62
Prior to 1962, rock and roll, and pop radio, had gone through some harsh years. Since 1959 most of the music had been rather bland. There hadn't been much happening and in '62 there seemed to be a searching for the next "thing." So this was a year the television networks recognized the folkies and made "Hootenanny" one of several regularly scheduled folk music shows. Others had their eyes on California's coastline, where the Beach Boys went on a Surfin' Safari, starting a second "trend." Still more thought the wave of the future was coming from Brazil in the bossa nova beat, while the dance madness (essentially the twist) hung on like a dog to a meaty bone. Nor had the blandness disappeared totally; there are several superb examples of gingerbread left over from the early Dick Clark era in this volume of CRUISIN'.
1962 was many things musically - somewhat exciting (certainly not so boring as '59, '60 and '61), extremely commercial (surfboards, twist clubs, TWO "Hootenanny" magazines), and somehow encouraging, no matter how apparently directionless. It was, if nothing else, a peculiarly "pop" year - a year when pop culture and all its inherent fallout occupied everyone's thoughts.
It was when Herman Taller's "Calories Don't Count" topped the year's best-selling book list, (although more copies of the "JFK Coloring Book" were sold.) John Glenn circled the earth three times. The New York Daily News sellt a reporter to Harvard University to check reports one of its professors, Timothy Leary, was feeding his students unusual drugs. "Lawrence of Arabia" took the best picture Oscar. And the Yankees took the pennant again.
More seriously, President Kennedy faced down the steel industry when it tried to boost prices and later in the year faced Khrushchev down, telling him to take his missiles out of Cuba, or else. Congress investigated The Fabulous Frauds of Billie Sol Estes. The Soviets orbited two cosmonauts in two space ships, simultaneously. Francis Gary Powers was returned to the U.S. in history's best-publicized spy-swap. Arthur Goldberg and Brian (Whizzer) White were named to the Supreme Court. And 1,113 Cuban invasion prisoners were ransomed with $53 million in medicine and baby food.
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Russ "Weird Beard" Knight - KLIF DALLAS, CRUISIN' 1962 (42:29)
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Copyright 1970, 2008, 2009 Ronald H. Jacobs