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ROCK n ROLL Forever

by Rick Adams

Starting in January 2018, OLLI will be rocking for seven Thursday mornings with a twenty-five-year (1951 to 1975) overview of the History of Rock and Roll. Last year instructor Steve Propes led the same class, in which class members evaluated records on a one-to-ten scale. Here’s that class’s top dozen. Sam Cooke, “You Send Me”; The Beatles, “Revolution”; Bill Haley & the Comets, “Rock Around the Clock”; Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth”; The Contours, “Do You Love Me”; Percy Sledge, “When A Man Loves A Woman”; Shocking Blue, “Venus”; Big Brother/Janis Joplin, “Piece Of My Heart”; Wilson Pickett, “In the Midnight Hour”; Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit In the Sky”; Sly & The Family Stone, “Dance to the Music”; and War, “Low Rider.”
Join the class next term and YOU decide on your favorites and learn more about them and their place in Rock and Roll history.
Steve Propes is a CSULB graduate and author of seven books on Rock and Roll history. He has been a fan of Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll since he found the Johnny Otis Show on Long Beach’s KFOX radio in the mid 1950s. While enjoying the cruising scene at Hody’s Drive-In in Long Beach, he began collecting records. In 1973, he published the very first book on rock and roll record collecting. Those Oldies but Goodies became the bible to collectors. In 1981, Steve joined the on-air staff of KLON, the legendary jazz station, which had just been acquired by the CSULB Foundation. He spun R&B records from his collection every Sunday throughout the decade. He also interviewed many musicians and others in the industry, including Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, Johnny Otis, Curtis Mayfield, Ike Turner, and Hank Ballad on the radio and his cable TV show, Steve Propes Rock and Roll House Party. Let’s rock on Thursdays!


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Building HS&D, Rooms 100 & 101
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609
Phone: 562-985-8237 Fax: 562-985-8213
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