“Rock Around the Clock,” remembering the fifties

ZZ Cast of 50's show

The ‘50s cast / Photo courtesy of Live Rock & Roll Theater

If ‘50s rock and roll is in your veins, this is the transfusion you need.

Call them baby boomers, late bloomers, blue hairs, gray hairs or no hair at all but these folks were music pioneers. They were there when the whole rock and roll craze began and parents threatened to unplug the radio and break the 45 rpm records.

Music changed in the fifties or maybe the fifties changed the music.

Either way, as Little Richard once said, “The blues had an illegitimate baby and we named it rock ‘n’ roll.” Rock and roll has evolved into today’s rock but the heart of the music began in the world-changing 1950s.

No one person can be given credit to starting rock and roll. It was really a mixture of blues and country coming together. Give credit to those who broke new ground: Little Richard, Hank Williams, Ike Turner, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley and Elvis Presley. The music was great and thanks to the Live Rock and Roll Theater it can be enjoyed again in Pigeon Forge.

Dennis Belisle and Julie Montgomery arrived in Pigeon Forge earlier this year from Cincinnati, Ohio. Dennis is the theater’s general manager and Julie is the artistic director and assistant general manager. Dennis was the CEO/CFO of The Websters Corporate Band in Cincinnati and Julie has toured the world as a performer. They have worked together as a team for a number of years and created the “Rock Around the Clock” fifties show.

Their creativity has produced a fast-paced, first-class show that has the audience dancing in the aisles and on the only dance floor in Pigeon Forge. The music will take you back to the time when life was much simpler, doors were kept unlocked at night, frozen pizza didn’t exist, mama stayed home and kids were respectful. It is possible that rock and roll helped change the world and now you can relive that change or, for the younger set, experience it for the first time. This is truly a show for the whole family, regardless of age.

This extravaganza is simply about great music and good times. It’s an experience of a time when music was changing, new stars with new music styles were being introduced and teenagers ruled the radio stations.

The band and the performers are top of the line and the show is presented as a tribute to the great hits of the era. The sound system and light show add to the enjoyment.

The talented singers include Christine Lyttle, William du Rone, Carolea Wilson, Drew Hatch, Savannah Robinson and Andrew Gordon. The band members are Ed Richardson on bass, Jason Endicott on drums, Jimmy Green on guitar, Mark Meyer on piano, Russell Hamilton on guitar and Dennis Belisle on sax and keyboards.

The Live Rock and Roll Theater is located at 2135 Parkway across the street from the Titanic. Call 865-908-5400 for show time, ticket information and reservations.

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