I’ve been a 50s/60s music tragic for most of my life, so compiling the soundtrack for the launch of The Push will let me subject punters to all of my AM radio favourites: Gene Vincent, Lonnie Donegan, Neil Sedaka, Everley Brothers, the Big Bopper, Johnny O’Keefe, Bill Haley*. Oh yes. I’ve also thown in a few pre-fame Beatles tracks – Long Tall Sally and (slightly post 50s) How Do You Do It. (They were so raw and so good in those early years. Sigh.)
The launch is 3 July. I’m tempted to ask people to wear 50s dress, but that could be frightening (picture skirts with lots of petticoats and headbands for the girls, BrillCream for the guys. I think not). Mind you, if anyone wants to dance like this, they’re quite welcome.
*I remember hearing somewhere that Bill Haley married his 13 year old cousin at some point, but I can’t find a reference to it anywhere. Maybe it was some other 50s rocker. Anyone know?
** It wasn’t Bill Haley, it was Jerry Lee Lewis.