Monday, September 22, 2008
Cruisin' 1955 'Jumpin' George Oxford KSAN, SF
It's 1955 in the CRUISIN' series and popular music is changing radically. The moon/June/spoon generation is giving way to a noisier, brasher rock 'n' roll tribe. The message in Billboard magazine this year is "Keep pop alive in '55" and adults are calling the new music a teen-age fad, but there is no stopping it. 1955 is, after all, the year of "The Blackboard Jungle" and the song from that film, Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock.
The music was alive that year. Mitch Miller and his chorus may have been crashing through The Yellow Rose of Texas, while Bill Hayes crooned "The Balld of Davy Crockett," but the artists attracting teen-agers were singing about black denim trousers and motorcycle boots. Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms, Gizelle MacKenzie and Dorothy Collins began to experience difficulty interpreting R&B for "Your Hit Parade." And in Nashville, a former truck driver called Presley was named Outstanding New Country Artist of the Year and then signed a record contract with RCA.
1955 was a year of non-musical changes as well. The anti-communist paranoia created almost single-handedly by Sen. Joe McCarthy was waning. President Eisenhower ended U.S. occupation of Germany. The Supreme Court gave local authorities the task of integrating public schools. Fifteen-million workers came together as the A F of L and the CIO merged. School kids formed lines to try a new polio vaccine invented by Jonas Salk.
On the lighter side in '55, the Oscar for the best film song went to Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (the movie of the year was "Marty")...slumber parties were popular, and so were shoe taps and strapless prom dresses with lots of crinoline...Mary Martin was "Peter Pan"...and after winning six of the last seven World Series, the Yankees were beaten by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
More info about 1955 can be found in the text-file !
Cruisin' 1955 'Jumpin' George Oxford _KSAN, San Francisco.
'Jumpin' George Oxford resume.
One of the men helping shape the burgeoning rock revolution was "Jumpin'" George Oxford, a mild-mannered white Southern family man who when facing a radio microphone turned into a dapper, jive-taling rhythm and blues disc jockey, introducing records by black artists for a station beamed to the black market, KSAN in San Fransisco.
In 1955, Old "Jumpin'" was one of radio's pros, with 18 years of radio experience. He was heard on KSAN morning, afternoon and night, 43 hours a week. (Today most rock jocks work only a three-hour shift, six days a week.) This repeated exposure, coupled with a growing white R&B audience, made "Jumpin'" George Oxford one of the most effective radio personalities of the time.
His slogan for the year (you'll hear it here) - a variation on the futile plea in Billboard, "Be alive in '55!".
Opening Theme (Rock and Roll) - Buddy Morrow
Crazy Little Mama - Eldorados &"Jumpin'" George Rock and Roll Jubilee Teen Jive Talk
Sincerely - Moonglows
Maybelline - Chuck Berry & Melrose Record Shop commercial & Acme Home Remodelers commercial & Letter from Korea
Ain't It a Shame - Fats Domino & 30th & San Pedro Furniture Warehouse commercial
Story Untold - Nutmegs
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley & Columbus Motors (1955 Dodge commercial) & "Jumpin'" George Bar-B-Q Pit jingle (from 1953)
Only You - Platters & Rogers Men's Store commercial
My Babe - Little Walter & "Oh Yeah" about I Got a Woman (Ray Charles)
Earth Angel - Penguins
Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
This year 1955 is the oldest in the Cruisin' series. So far you can find on my Blog 1955-1961 and the 'special Cruisin'.... So check my Blog....
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This guy was on the air 43 hours a week? Wow..that's unheard of. Art Bell was close at one time...he was on 6 or 7 nights a week for awhile, and at least 5 hours per night, and then he'd go talk on the Ham Radio!.
Anyway, they did Johnny Holliday '64 which, I guess, will have to suffice.
Thanks for keeping the era alive, and interesting!!!
The Johnny Holliday in CRUISIN' 1964 was the "original" Johnny Holliday - lots of disc jockeys were "assigned" that name in later years - and in this, the year the Beatles invaded the U.S., he was No. 1 in the ratings from 3 to 7 p.m. on WHK, Cleveland.
I scheduled him 2008 november or december.
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