Sh-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock 'n' Roll (1953-1968)

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There was a small sliver of time between Be-Bop and Hip-Hop, when a new generation of teenagers created rock 'n' roll. Clay Cole was one of those teenagers he was the host of his own Saturday night, pop music television show.

Clay Cole's SH-BOOM! is the pop culture chronicle of that exciting time, 1953-1968, when teenagers created their own music, from swing bands and pop to rhythm and blues, cover records, a cappella, rockabilly, folk-rock, ...

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Overview

There was a small sliver of time between Be-Bop and Hip-Hop, when a new generation of teenagers created rock 'n' roll. Clay Cole was one of those teenagers he was the host of his own Saturday night, pop music television show.

Clay Cole's SH-BOOM! is the pop culture chronicle of that exciting time, 1953-1968, when teenagers created their own music, from swing bands and pop to rhythm and blues, cover records, a cappella, rockabilly, folk-rock, and girl groups;
from the British Invasion to the creation of the American Boy Band. He was first to introduce Chubby Checker performing the "Twist;" the first to present the Rolling Stones, Tony Orlando, Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Bobby Vinton, the Rascals, Ronettes, Four Seasons, Dion, and dozens more;
the first to introduce music video clips, discotheque, go-go girls and young unknown standup comedians Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Fannie Flagg to a teenage television audience.

Clay Cole is best-known as the host of "The Clay Cole Show,"
a highly-popular, pop music television variety show from 1953-1968, and on-the-air in the New York City market from 1959-1968. In the following thirty-five years Clay Cole was an Independent television writer/producer/director winner of two Emmy Awards (NATAS) as "producer of outstanding entertainment programming."
In his youth, he was a juvenile radio and stage actor, recording artist, musical comedy performer and was featured in one Hollywood film, "Twist Around the Clock."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781600376399
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clay Cole is one of live television's true pioneers, beginning in 1953 at age 15, as host and producer of his own Saturday night teenage music show. By the time he was 21, he was the wildly-popular singing-dancing star of New York's top-rated Clay Cole Show from 1959 to 1968.

Clay has written and produced over 3500 broadcast television shows, winning two Emmy Awards, and induction into the NYPD Honor Legion, his proudest moment.

After forty-four years as a New Yorker, Clay now lives on a remote island in North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River flows into the Atlantic, "a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem."

David Hinckley joined the New York Daily News in 1980 and has spent most of his years there writing about music, radio and television. He has also served as critic-at-large, from which perch he has tried to frame a context for modern American popular culture while often settling for a reference to Chuck Berry or the Brooklyn Dodgers. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and more recordings than he'll ever be able to listen to.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Sh-Boom, Rock 'n' Roll, Clay Cole by Ray D'Ariano

    [SH-BOOM!] is jam packed with the entertainers' personal memories and not for nuthin', the man can write. "It was the breathtaking 'Autumn in New York' evening when Daylight Savings Time ends, and the late afternoon darkness stuns in the most agreeable way. I felt like a snap of wind, the sound of rustling leaves brushing along the gutters and cabbies honking a fanfare, as if sensing the euphoria in the air. Manhattan is always a fast-moving town, but in the Autumn the pace quickens. Laughing couples, bundled together to hug off the chill, were bustling about, anticipating a night on the town, perhaps dinner and a show. Damn, it was great to be alive."

    To the millions of New York teenagers growing up in the 60's who watched his shows on TV or caught him live at all those amazing gigs at Palisades Park or the Apollo Theater or wherever, he made us glad we were alive too. The Clay Cole Show was a party, a celebration of all that was right with rock and roll. It was cool and so is "Sh-Boom."

    Thanks for the memories Mr. Cole.
    From an essay by Ray D'Ariano, areuonsomething
    Full review at http://www.areuonsomething.com/features_cole.html

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    Who would have thought that a history of rock and roll could be riviting?

    Sh-Boom! is unique in that Clay Cole's years on television were the same years that rock and roll was born. His personal story is interwoven with behind-the-scenes vignettes that are gossipy, heartbreaking, scandelous, and very, very funny. The book explodes with first-hand stoies about the many musicians and artists from Elvis and Pat Boone to the Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond. Lots of rare photos, with clean, clear easy-to-read type in an enlarged 7" x 10" format. A perfect gift for Senior Adults.
    In one word: riviting!
    BoomerBabe

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

    A must read for those that grew up in the 50's and 60's

    It's not often I get a chance to read a book before it has been relesaed but thanks to a good friend I received a copy of Sh-Boom a little early. I grew up in the 50's and 60's and found the book opening doors to the entertainment world I new existed but knew nothing about. The author provides us with a very readable personal account of his years in the radio and TV industry and about his TV shows in New York. He had many firsts in the Rock N Roll formative years and deserves a spot in the Rock hall of fame. My regret is that the show aired on the East Coast and I lived on the other side of the country and never had the opportunity to see the show. My loss!! The book will suprise you.

    I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 7, 2012

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    Posted November 7, 2012

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    The Best of The Best

    Clay Cole A Legendary TV Host, Recording Artist, Actor, Writer, Stage and Screen Performer and friend. Since Clay's passing December 18, 2010 the book is more appreciated than ever. Five years of writing and remembering. Clay is a dear friend and will be remembered forever. A Shining Star amongst the many stars he knew and loved.
    The Book puts the music business in prespective. Clay is a natural. Read the book and see for yourself. Packed with stories and information about Rock N Roll, DooWop etc. Many of those mentioned in the book state Clay was always there to help!. Great book from a great person.
    Great for gift giving or just to give someone a glimpse of what Rock and Roll, DooWop and The Music of the 50's and 60's were all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

    Entertaining Read

    A thoroughly absorbing read about a glimpse into the music industry from the 1950's till 1968. Clay Cole gives us an inside view of the positive and negative facets of the music industry, being an instrumental personality as a host for radio, television and live audiences. He entertained and interacted with his audience in a smooth and professional manner. Each decade of this book describes the vocalists that shaped youth with their singing and dancing. Chronologically written Sh-Boom tells the story of the explosion of Rock 'N' Roll. With a biological account of how it shaped the author's life in relation to the generation he helped shape.

    Marion D. Adinolfi, Ph.D., Msc.D.

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

    I loved this book!

    I couldn't put it down. Clay Cole has a robust writing style that compels you to keep reading. He has combined a tender and often very funny memoir with cultural history of a time when teenagers wrote music and performed for teenagers. The book is packed with fascinating facts and anecdotes. Baby boomers will love the book, and adults of all ages will be also charmed by Clay's style and personality. He is a true legend in the music business.

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