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On This Day – Don’t Knock The Rock

Tweet On this day in 1957 (no I don’t remember it) A film called “Don’t Knock The Rock” opened. In the late 50s and during the 60s rock was regarded with suspicion (to say the least) by the establishment.  As a consequence films trying to show the positive side of real rock and blues tried […]

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On This day – The Payola Scandal Made Public

Tweet On This day in 1958 Billboard ran an article attacking the practice of accepting money to play certain records on the radio. The term used was ‘payola’ a combination of ‘pay’ and ‘victrola’ (Victrola was a line of phonographs originally introduced by RCA Victor in 1906 that continued until 1970). The article went on […]

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