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Column #55 - Published March 5, 2002

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"SPEED MOVER" rough & ready blue jeans.
Check out the bottom of the flasher card:
"An American Product"! An AMERICAN PRODUCT indeed!!!

If one were to be asked to synthesize the 1950s in one word, that word would certainly have to be ACTION!

Almost eveything from the American 1950s was based on movement, aerodynamics, speed, action ...... Let's start with some of the words associated with, and often found in 1950s Rock'n'Roll songs: Movin' & Groovin', Shakin' & Breakin', Rockin' & Reelin', Boppin'& Hoppin', Slippin' & Slidin', Swingin', Ballin', Wailin', and, "Go Cat Go", "Rip It Up", etc., etc.



In the 1950s even chicks were built for speed: here is buxom Miss Peabody
riding her pony on the flasher card of her Western bluejeans.

Obviously the urge to move in one way or another is of paramount concern in Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm & Blues ("rhythm", get it?) music.

And the music did indeed "Swing" and "Rock" and even "Roll", unlike today's stiff and jerky constipated sounds!

Moving (no pun intended) from music to automobiles we see those huge fins mimicking jet planes and rockets, and the bullets (I said "bullets", like from a gun) on the front bumpers. 1950s cars seem almost not to be comfortable with just hugging the road, but, as if in their mechanical souls, they aspire to take off into the sky like jet airplanes! Compare them to today's ugly boxy autos with no chrome and no soul!



The bumper bullets make this Buick 54!!
What's faster than a speeding bullet?
(Photo from www.54buick.auctionweiser.net/index.html)

And don't forget the drag races and hot rod races. "Hot Rod Lincoln" was one of the many hot rod songs from the 1940s-1950s celebrating this passion. Luckily we still have NASCAR today!

Diners and restaurant, as well as trains, and radios, from the 1940s and 1950s, often proudly feature a streamlined aerodynamic look. Built for speed indeed!!



Dig the pointed torpedo shaped form of these cowboy boots.
Wearing these puppies is like having rockets attached to your feet!

Then we look at the rodeo, becoming very popular in the 1950s, as well as everything else Western, and we find slim trim cowboys in tight blue jeans riding Brahma bulls and bucking broncos. Heavy hard action indeed!!

And check out those pointed-toe boots they are wearing: they look more like rockets, or torpedoes, than foot wear!! Contrast these cool sharp torpedoes with today's bulky unshapely sneakers, more appropriate for a hippo than a human, and you'll see what I mean!! And while you're at it, compare the formfitting 1950s Western Wear to today's sloppy shapeless shorts, and it's like comparing a sleek jaguar to the before-mentioned hippopotamus!



The pointed Western yokes on this rayon gabardine cowboy shirt
emulate arrows or rockets.

The Western shirts the cowboys used to wear featured deep pointed Western yokes, again reminiscent of rockets and arrows. And the snap buttons allowed for fast dressing/undressing, something you wanted to be able to do in case your ponytailed rockabilly gal was in the mood! Trim, slim, ready for action!!



Exaggerated humor mixed with overexaggerated action is what made
the Tex Avery cartoons unique in the history of movies!

If we move to the cinema, we find an endless stream of action Westerns, and Tex Avery Cartoons with the wildest most outrageous action scenes in the history of mankind: tongues rolling on the floor, eyes popping out, limbs taking off in four different directions!!

America, the land of action, was built for speed!!



Johnny Carroll's classic high movement rockabilly pose
is a sure eyecatcher on this Rollin' Rock CD

Thank God it's not all gone yet with the 1950s, but some areas of "action/built for speed" seem to be actually enjoying increased popularity: Rockabilly, rodeo, NASCAR, blue-jeans, diners, etc., etc.



F-117 Stealth Bomber: keeping America free!!
The 1950s spirit of action and speed and freedom still lives in America today!

And let's not forget our modern stealth jet fighters and drones, which are getting more accurate all the time, and have helped us liberate Afghanistan with minimum loss of life!

And computers are getting faster by the week!

ACTION, BUILT FOR SPEED.........INDEED!!!!


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






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CD-101 - MACK STEVENS - "Hardcore Texas Music"
CD-102 - RIP CARSON & THE TWILIGHT TRIO
CD-103 - THE ORIGINAL BAND (Bill Haley's Comets) - "Still Rockin' Around the Clock"
CD-104 - MACK STEVENS - "Texas Heat"
CD-105 - RIP CARSON & THE TWILIGHT TRIO - "Stand Back"
CD-106 - JOHNNY & THE BLADES - "Let's Make Vegas Tonite"
CD-107 - DRAGSTRIP 77 - "Rockabilly Daze"
CD-108 - THE CHOP TOPS - "Always Wild"
CD-109 - ALVIS WAYNE - "Rockabilly Daddy"
CD-110 - ALVIS WAYNE - "Proud of My Rockabilly Roots"
CD-111 - MACK STEVENS - "Let's Rock Tonite"
CD-112 - THE STARLIGHT DRIFTERS - "Thirteen To Go"
CD-113 - PAUL GALAXY & THE GALACTIX - "Cross the Line"


THE ARCHIVES OF
RONNY'S ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME COLUMNS

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002


Col. #54 for 02/02 - THE AMERICAN DINER/A>
Col. #53 for 01/02 - The COWBOY WAY
Col. #52 for 12/01 - LIITLE RICHARD
Col. #51 for 11/01 - The Rock Pioneers Were Patriots
Col. #50 for 10/01 - !!! Gasp, It's Fifty Columns !!!
Col. #49 for 09/01 - TEDDY REDELL: Sooo Underrated!!!
Col. #48 for 08/01 - THE UNSTOPPABLE RAY CAMPI
Col. #47 for 07/01 - BILL HALEY'S COMETS ROCK THE FOURTH OF JULY
Col. #46 for 06/01 - PAUL GALAXY AND THE GALACTIX AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #45 for 05/01 - Second Annual Viva Las Vegas Picture Show
Col. #44 for 04/01 - WHAAAAAAT, NO ROCKABILLY!!!?????!
Col. #43 for 03/01 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2001
Col. #42 for 02/01 - ELVIS: Never Forgotten
Col. #41 for 01/01 - MACK STEVENS + HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS + POISON OKIES
Col. #40 for 12/00 - WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COUNTRY MUSIC?
Col. #39 for 11/00 - KATS LIKE US
Col. #38 for 10/00 - JERRY LEE LEWIS IS 65
Col. #37 for 09/00 - THE STARLIGHT DRIFTERS
Col. #36 for 08/00 - ALVIS WAYNE AT ROLLIN' ROCK
Col. #35 for 07/00 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA 2000
Col. #34 for 06/00 - THE CHOP TOPS AT ROLLIN' ROCK!!
Col. #33 for 05/00 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2000 PIX!
Col. #32 for 04/00 - DRAGSTRIP77: TEARIN' IT UP!
#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"
Col. #26 for 10/99 - TIME TO RECLAIM "THE ROCK"
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
Col. # 4 - 11/97 - GOD BLESS TEXAS
Col. # 3 - 10/97 - FATS DOMINO
Col. # 2 - 9/97 - RAB DISCUSSION GROUP
Col. # 1 - 8/97 - 25 YEARS OF ROLLIN' ROCK RECORDS