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Column #69 - Published May 6, 2003



1.) Pony Tails:

In the 1950s we would dream of sweet teenage girls in tight sweaters, wearing rolled-up jeans and ponytails. These were the Rock'n'Roll dolls every teenage boy longed for.


Bing Day is looking for a Pony Tail Partner.

Gene Vincent sang a song, "Red Blue Jeans & A Pony Tail", and many other songs sang the praises of this rockin' hairstyle for girls.


Somewhat bushy this modern ponytail!!

Let's jump about 40 years ahead to the present day. The sweet teenage girls with their ponytails have become scarcer than Jewish delis in Saudi Arabia, and, in their place, here come the old fat slobs, men who are balding, but refuse to cut their embarassingly ugly grey pony tail!! Their attire often consists of a ragged T-shirt, with holes and grease stains, stretched to the limit by their beer bellies.

The look is finished off with sloppy shorts so that you can fully appreciate their lumpy hairy legs, and sandals ("Bring Back The Hippie Era"!) A sorry sight indeed!!





2.) Wheels:

In the 1940s and in the 1950s and in the 1960s and in the 1970s, on the freeways and highways of the United States you could see many many different, interesting and unique types of AMERICAN, and I mean AMERICAN cars.

There were all forms and shapes with grilles that looked like the teeth of sharks, noses like rockets, fins like airplanes. And plenty of chrome, chrome everywhere! When you thought you had seen everything, something new and outrageous would pop up!


Hot wheels from VLV 2003

These magnificent beasts came in all colors: fire engine red, plum purple, pink & black, turquoise, lime green, neon yellow, peacock blue, etc. It was like living in a Tex Avery cartoon!!

Hundreds of Rock'n'Roll songs were written about the CADILLAC, the Rock'n'Roll car par excellence, the National Car of the great State Of Texas.


This is an AMERICAN CAR, can't you tell?? :-) :-)

Then Jimmy Carter & the Democrats came along, and even though in Alaska we have more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia, they pushed CAFE regulations to limit gas consumption, made the cars smaller, uglier, and more dangerous, causing hundreds of thousands of additional unnecessary deaths, and now we're stuck with ugly boxy cars which you cannot tell one brand from the other. Cars which have no personality, no excitement, no "joie de vivre"! And 90% of the paintjobs also come in boring neutral colors to match the boring cars!


Some wheels to cruise around with your ponytail belle!

Cadillacs managed to sport some variation of "fins" till about 1998 when they were finally eliminated, thus turning this once proud icon into another ugly boxy car!



In this case, I know


3.) Rockin' Music:

We've covered this ground many times before, nonetheless here it is again with a slightly different take on it.

During the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s most American Music, although very varied, had some common ingredients:
A.) A strong vocal was a prerequisite for most (rockin') music.

B.) You needed a rockin', rollin', swingin' and danceable Big Beat to enhance your chances of making a hit record.

C.) But that was not enough. A catchy, simple, infectious melody was also necessary if you wanted the cats to dig your sound.

D.) An intense action performance on stage would certainly help out.

E.) In the 1950s it was cool to be a rebel, but at the same time you loved America, you loved Texas, you loved New Orleans, you loved Tennessee, you were proud of your country, you were not "ashamed of being from Texas" like the Trixie Shits are today with their attacks against Texas and America while performing in Germany.

F.) Music was REAL!! Real instruments, that is, not computers, not drum machines, not synthesizers!! The music had Soul, it had a "Feel", an intensity, and an emotional component not found in later decades.


Ersel Hickey: the classic Rock'n'Roll pose & look!

They asked a bunch of Kansas High School students in 1958 to write for a time capsule what the most important thing/hobby in their lives was. When the time capsule was opened a few years ago, it was discovered that 80%-90% of the teenagers had chosen Rock'n'Roll Music!! Teens loved Rock'n'Roll!!

Compare the above points to the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.





4.) Clubs, concerts, shows:

This relates to the previous point. In the 1950s teenagers bought hundreds of millions of Rock'n'Roll records and they also went to thousands of concerts. Today it's rare to find an "all ages" show or concert. The Rockabilly Music Industry is basically cutting off 80% of their possible audience by using venues which admit only 21 years or older. I know it's hard to find an all ages venue, yet we must!





5.) Blue Jeans:

In the 1950s we bought them stiff and rigid, indeed they could stand on their own two legs, very dark blue, slim fitting, and we rolled up the cuffs, because we liked the two-tone effect, the contrast between the dark and the light, just like in the cars the two-tone paint jobs, and in the music, the Black & White races mixing together to create Rock'n'Roll!

The jeans would fade in all the strategic areas. We all knew that even though blue jeans were the Rock'n'Roll uniform, they also were authentic Western cowboy pants and we were proud of both facts!

We also could find black denim, brown denim, powder blue denim, beige Lee Westerners, and many other colors.


Yours Truly: the Pink & Black Rockabilly Look shows that
even in the 2000s you can be a real gone cat!


Today they try to belittle the tough Western Cowboy image of blue jeans, and the quality and selection is generally poor: acid wash, stone wash, rinse wash, double wash, etc., I mean what the hell is all this "wash" nonsense anyway? Why would I wanna buy something that's already been washed? I can do my own washing once they're dirty enough!! Why do they sell you washed jeans, were they already dirty? How stupid!

And "relaxed fit"?? There ya go Granpa!! Why not wear pajama trousers instead if you want "relaxed fit"?





Wake up, America, time to go back into the FUN times and the EXCITEMENT we have left behind!!


The Dixie Chicks are ashamed of Texas!
Well, the 1950s Rockers & Cowboys were proud of Texas!!



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






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THE ARCHIVES OF
RONNY'S ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME COLUMNS

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003


Col. #68 for 04/03 - Patriotic Rock & Roll and Hillbilly SONGS
Col. #67 for 03/03 - HANK BALLARD
Col. #66 for 02/03 - TRACY PENDARVIS
Col. #65 for 01/03 - CHUCK WILLIS
Col. #64 for 12/02 - Clyde McPhatter: Never Forgotten
Col. #63 for 11/02 - The Texas Cowboy Wins
Col. #62 for 10/02 - Rockmount Ranchwear
Col. #61 for 09/02 - Five Years Of Columns!
Col. #60 for 08/02 - THE 1950s ARE ALWAYS WITH US!
Col. #59 for 07/02 - David's July 4th: Rockabilly Bar Mitzvah
Col. #58 for 06/02 - 44 Years Later ... It Was BENNY JOY!
Col. #57 for 05/02 - RECORDING TECHNIQUES
Col. #56 for 04/02 - VIVA LAS VEGAS 2002 + INTERNATIONAL MEET & GREET
Col. #55 for 03/02 - BUILD FOR A-C-T-I-O-N-!
Col. #54 for 02/02 - THE AMERICAN DINER
Col. #53 for 01/02 - The Cowboy Mirror of American Culture
Col. #52 for 12/01 - LITTLE 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. #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