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Jukeboxes were most popular from the 1940s through the mid-1960s, particularly during the 1950s. By the middle of the 1940s, three-quarters of the records produced in America went into jukeboxes. While often associated with early rock and roll music, their popularity extends back much further, including classical music, opera and the swing music era.I had dancing lessons while in 7th and 8th grade, which included lots of ballroom dances. Before that I learned line dances in PE classes. It was so fun having partners who were shorter than I was...and I hadn't attained my full 5' 4" yet. But you know how boys are slower to mature at that age, right?
|A carriage house not converted into Art Studios and "Pub" upstairs|
Then in 1955 I entered high school (though it was called Upper School as opposed to Middle School where I was attending). Within no time I found the "Pub" which was in the attic space above the art studios...an old carriage house type building.
|An old home converted into office space on a school campus|
I'd never go back and do that again. Would you? Clothes that were difficult because of body changes, just the problems associated with body changes, complexion problems, relationships with girls and boys that ran the gamut from "best friends forever" (which of course we didn't call each other then) to "dream boat because he kissed me."
My first boy friend, David Richmond, was a thespian, and cute in a teddy bear sort of way. We found places to hide and learn how to kiss behind the various buildings...but never in the Pub. That was a public arena, and at 13-14 you didn't do that. You could slow-dance however.
I had a few other boyfriends my freshman year...one at a time as was the norm. There was a boys prom and a girls prom, and we were taught how to write formal invitations. I'm glad, because I think I've (count them) never written one since.
And we all learned how to fast-dance...from each other I think. There may have been swing steps taught in our "fortnightlies" in middle school, but we took them further.
In 1957, the Philadelphia-based television show American Bandstand was picked up by the American Broadcasting Company and shown across the United States. American Bandstand featured currently popular songs, live appearances by musicians, and dancing in the studio. At this time, the most popular fast dance was jitterbug, which was described as "a frenetic leftover of the swing era ballroom days that was only slightly less acrobatic than Lindy."I think that's about the same time we got our first black and white TV. It sure was wonderful to see other young people and learn their dance steps.
And then Rock and Roll hit the world. I don't think any other generation has been as involved in changes in music as we were. (Well, maybe they all thought they did.)
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