THE FABULOUS FIFTIES
By
Dick Schmelzkopf © 2008
One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock, rock; 
five, six, seven o’clock, eight o’clock rock;
nine, ten, eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock, rock;
we’re going to rock around the clock tonight.
We’ll rock, rock, rock, till broad daylight.

Are you a Rock and Roll baby?
Can you sing “Rock Around The Clock” with Bill Hailey?
Was it Carl Perkins or Elvis Presley who first sang, “Don’t Step On My Blue Suede Shoes”?
Don’t forget Guy Mitchell who sang, “I Never Felt More Like Singing The Blues”.

“You Ain’t Nothin But A Hound Dog, Rockin All The Time.
You ain’t never caught a rabbit and you ain’t no friend of mine”.
The dance was the Bop, we did it to everything, but mainly at the Hop.
We’d dance for hours, dusk to dawn; looking back, it seemed like we would never stop.

Did you see Elvis’s first movie, “Love Me Tender”?
I was in the balcony necking up a storm; I remember.
Regular popcorn was ten cents for a large box.
You’d get the buttered popcorn for twenty-five, if you were with a fox.

“Brush-a, brush-a, brush-a- new Ipana toothpaste.”
This will keep your teeth white and breath fresh, it’s no waste.
“See the U. S. A. in your Chevrolet.”
America bought a ton of ‘em for the ride-and to play.

When you were in high school, did you wear your hair in a D A ?
What the devil was a D A anyway?

The shoe style that was in, was white bucks, or saddle shoes, for the guys.
Bermudas and Madras shirts were the style, if you were cool and wise.
We can’t forget the gang that wore Levis and engineering boots.
These are the guys that would rough it up to settle any disputes.

The gals wore poodle skirts with as many crinolines as they could get under their skirt.
If she was really cool, she rolled her white sox thick and wore her dad’s huge, white dress shirt.
The gals would wash the crinolines, then lay them flat on the front yard to dry.
I do remember a couple of the tough chicks wearing boots, just like a guy.

Speaking of skirts, do you remember fender skirts and curb feelers?
If you had your own car, this was a must for the wheeler dealers.
Gasoline was a dollar fifty-five for five gallons, I remember well.
I was a gas jockey as a kid, for quite a spell.

If you were really cool, you smoked Lucky Strikes, calling a pack, a deck.
No wonder so many people in their sixties have lungs that are a wreck.
Out of a machine, they cost a quarter and you got three pennies and matches with it.
We had no idea how bad nicotine was for life; if you smoke, now’s the time to quit.

Can you tell the difference between a ‘49, ‘50, and ‘51 Ford?
Check the door handles and the grill, that’ll do it, now don’t get board.
There were customized cars that would make ya drool, some were very cool.
James Dean’s car in “Rebel Without A Cause,” was a beaut…if you didn’t want one you were a fool.

Some of my favorite quotes from the Fifties might ring a bell for you.
Looking back, a lot of these we paid no heed to and that is true.
A lot of these quotes came to be…true or false, we made sure that life goes on.
Gone are the days of cheap cigarettes and gas, but the memories are still there, not gone.

*Did you hear the Post Office is charging a dime just to mail a letter?
Now it’s forty-two cents, I don’t think the service or speed is thirty-two cents better.
*Fifty cents a gallon for gas, that’s outrageous! We’ll leave the car at home.
That’s probably a good idea, at four dollars a gallon we can’t afford to roam.

*If cigarettes ever reach twenty-five cents a pack, I’m going to quit!
If you quit at twenty-five cents a pack, you’re healthy today and that’s legit.
*Did you know the new church is allowing women to wear pants to service?
You should see what they wear now, it’s enough to make a preacher nervous.

Did you recognize these familiar Fifties ads?
These were real, not just some kind of fads.
Did you ever get a kiss in the balcony of a theater that shows movies?
You have to keep a lookout for ushers and other authorities

Did you dance a thousand miles to Elvis and Bill Hailey?
The crowd that I hung around with bopped to these guys daily.
Did you do the Bop at the Sock Hop?
We danced all night long, some thought we’d never stop.

Did you know the Top Fifty rock and roll songs and who sang em?
If you did, then you were a real gem.
When you sang along with the Forty-Fives did you get all the words right.
If you got them all correct that was great, if not, what a fright.

At the Hop was it white bucks or saddle shoes you took off?
Was your gal wearing a poodle skirt or engineering boots? If you weren’t there, don’t scoff.
If you identify with what’s just been read, you had a case of the niftys.
If any of these things ring your bell, you were probably in high school in the Fifties