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Column #35 - published July 4, 2000

!! AMERICA'S
BIRTHDAY !!

Today is America's birthday and I think we should thank her:

Photo at right: Benny Weiser carrying on the AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE!!!

Thank you, America: for being the Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave!

Thank you, America: for Rock'n'Roll, and Rockabilly, and Rhythm & Blues, and Hillbilly, and Boogie Woogie, and Swing, and Dixieland, and Zydeco, and Bluegrass and......

Thank you, America: for Freedom, and "Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness", and for being the land of opportunity, and the most hospitable and friendly country in the world to people of my ethnic background, and to people of ALL races, religions and national origins........


FATS DOMINO, an American Icon, how can one be more American than Fats?

ELVIS: Is this an AMERICAN LOOK or WHAT???!!!!??? And a great patriot too he was, always eager to help others: an Orthodox rabbi was his neighbor, who needed a non-Jew to do basic chores during the Shabbat (Jews must obey a day of rest). So he asked Elvis, who gladly accepted to help. But when it came time for the rabbi to pay Presley, Elvis refused to accept any money even though he was dirt poor back then. Elvis felt it was a great honor for him to help, and wouldn't take any compensation. This went on for many Sabbaths. To this day the rabbi's family remembers fondly how kind and generous Elvis Presley was.

Thank you, America: for Elvis, and Gene Vincent, and Little Richard, and Fats Domino, and Jerry Lee, and LaVern Baker, and Johnny Horton, and Chuck Berry, and Johnny Burnette, and Ray Campi, and Mac Curtis, and Sam Cooke, and Johnny Carroll, and Charlie Feathers, and Marty Robbins, and Clyde McPhatter, and Dee Clark, and Al Jolson, and Benny Goodman, and Carl Perkins, and Buddy Holly, and Eddie Cochran, and Gene Krupa, and Hank Ballard, and The Treniers, and.........even Johnny Legend, and.....

Thank you, America: for Las Vegas, and Hollywood, and Texas, and Wyoming, and New York, and Memphis, and New Orleans, and Hawaii, and the Grand Canyon, and Kentucky, and Mississippi, and Austin, and Fort Worth, and San Francisco, and Arizona, and Boston where they started the American Revolution for Freedom and to oppose a 3% tax on tea!!! (Where are the patriots now that we are being taxed upto 50% or more???)
In the 1840s a young Jewish peddler named Levi Strauss would be selling his wares all over the Deep South. The farmers eagerly awaited his arrival not only for the items he was selling, but they were also fascinated and honored to have as their house guest a member of "The People Of The Book". Unlike Europe, where anti-Semitism was rampant, Levi found friendship and opportunities in America.

It was only a few years later that he established himself in San Francisco, and his famous 501 blue-jeans were invented. They immediately became the choice wear of cowboys and Westerners everywhere.

Mr. Levi Strauss was long dead by the time Rock'n'Roll music burst out into the spotlight in the mid Fifties, and yet his classic blue-jeans, now one hundred years old, became the uniform of the Rock'n'Roll generation!!

Even today the classic 501 blue-jeans are favourites of Rockabilly Rebels throughout the globe, almost 150 years after they were first introduced!

Only in America......



Thank you, America: for Lee Riders, and Wranglers, and Levi's, and H-Bar-C, and Rockmount Ranchwear, and Pink&Black, and cowboy boots, and Hawaiian shirts, and Stetson hats, and rayon, and....




TEX AVERY was more American than anybody: here is Droopy tangling with Joe Wolf!

Thank you, America: for Tex Avery, and Tom & Jerry, and Daffy Duck, and Droopy, and Bugs Bunny, and Sylvester, and Joe Wolf, and Red.......


Gene Autrey was 100% American. He was also a conservative Republican. Here are the Ten Commandments Of The Cowboy which he published in the mid 1930s. He was 30 years ahead of the civil rights movement in his Commandment against bigotry and prejudice.

Thank you, America: for Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry, and Robert Mitchum, and Gary Cooper, and Hitchcock, and The Honeymooners, and Western movies, and John Wayne, and Marylin Monroe, and Gershwin, and Superman, and .......

Thank you, America: for Hot Fudge Sundaes, and Cheeseburgers, and Prime Rib, and Coca-Cola, and Hot Dogs, and French Fries, and Las Vegas Buffets, and pizza (Italiano!!), and Tacos (Viva Mexico!), and SLURP!!!.......

Thank you, America: for those Pink Cadillacs, and Turquoise Chevys, and Buicks, and Pontiacs, and T-Birds, and Mercs, and .......

Thank you, America: (Can we safely say you're not gonna find a much more AMERICAN chick than this, no matter how many months you spend surfing the Internet??) for this Rockabilly Hall Of Fame, and The Rockabilly Lists on the Internet, subscribed to by all those cool cats and real gone chicks and very good friends, thank you America, even if they are from England or Finland or France or Canada or Holland or Australia or.............

Thank you, America: for granting us the freedom to bash this big bloated Federal Government which is harassing us all too often!!!

Thank you, America: for The Statue Of Liberty, a replica of which was carried by those courageous Chinese students in Tiennamin Square, and whose ideals are carried in the hearts of most freedom-loving people around the world.....

In conclusion, Happy Birthday America, we love you!



AMERICAN enuff?


Next month's Column will be
"ALVIS WAYNE AT ROLLIN' ROCK"


Always Rollin' The Rollin' Rock,
Rockin' Ronny Weiser
The Rockabilly Rebel Westerner From Las Vegas, The Wild Wild West!



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1997, 1998, 1999, 2000


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Col. #32 for 04/00 - DRAGSTRIP77: TEARIN' IT UP!
Col. #30 & #31 for 02/00 & 03/00 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000!
Col. #29 for 01/00 - ROCKIN' 2000!
Col. #28 for 12/99 - JOHNNY AND THE BLADES AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
Col. #27 for 11/99 - AN UPDATED IMPROVED SOUND?
Col. #26 for 10/99 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK"
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Col. #25 for 9/99 - YOUNG ROCK AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #24 for 8/99 - COMETS RECORD AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #23 for 7/99 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
Col. #22 for 6/99 - FINLAND IS A ROCKABILLY LAND!
Col. #21 for 5/99 - THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
Col. #20 for 4/99 - ROCKABILLY REBEL: A SHORT HISTORY
Col. #19 for 3/99 - PINBALL MILLIONAIRE
Col. #18 for 1/99 & 2/99 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 1999
Col. #17 - 12/98 - INTERNATIONAL ROCKABILLY REBELS MEET & GREET
Col. #16 - 11/98 - GROOVEY JOE POOVEY: Reminiscing
Col. #15 - 10/98 - CHARLIE FEATHERS
Col. #14 - 9/98 - NARVEL FELTS AT ROLLIN' ROCK!
Col. #13 - 8/98 - IT'S WESTERN WEAR!
Col. #12 - 7/98 - THE JORDANAIRES
Col. #11 - 6/98 - ROCKABILLY HOF - 15,000 HITS!!
Col. #10 - 5/98 - MAC STEVENS RECORDS AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. # 9 - 4/98 - VIVA LAS VEGAS
Col. # 8 - 3/98 - KAY WHEELER
Col. # 7 - 2/98 - 10 ROLLIN' ROCK CDs
Col. # 6 - 1/98 - SAM COOKE
Col. # 5 - 12/97 - LAS VEGAS IS A 1950's TOWN
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Col. # 3 - 10/97 - FATS DOMINO
Col. # 2 - 9/97 - RAB DISCUSSION GROUP
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