Rock and roll

Rock and Roll was just starting to creep into the hit parade. My older cousin Brenda and her friends had rock and roll dance parties in their small front room. I thought it was fantastic and had the job of putting on each record as they bopped around the room.

Teddy Boys

Neil and his Teddy Boy mates were dressed the part, in pale-coloured Edwardian suits with fancy black collars. Their outfits were capped off with black, skin-tight trousers and coloured suede shoes. Their hair, plastered with Brylcreem, was swept back in the standard DA (Ducks Arse).

From 11:00pm till midnight on Sunday nights, Radio Luxembourg could be found by delicately turning the dial to 1440 kHz on the medium wave band on our antiquated wireless. This was the broadcast of the latest Top Twenty. Being an avid listener to the latest songs, I often stayed up alone to tune in. I knew all the latest rock and roll hits from America and England. Britain at that time only had the BBC stations and would never play the subversive music.

During the 1950s and 1960s, civilian audiences in Europe and Britain also tuned in to AFN,  (American Forces Network) from Germany.

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