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  1. Tony (Robert) Bell
    April 26, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

    1955…I was 14 back then. Lived in a small town 25 miles out of New York. I would take the train into the city and go to Alan Freed’s “Rock and Roll” show at the Paramount theater and for 83 cents, yea…$0.83 , I could see a movie and the show, which lasted about an hour and a half.
    Not just one performer, but 8 to 10 of the lates top singers on the charts. Tickets were first come first served, so getting there at midnight the night before got you a seat in the first row. Doors opened at 10 AM….by then the line when around the block.
    No such thing as scalpers, so for 83 cents you would see a first run movie, followed the the show. Lots of us would stay in our seats (or move up if seats opened up) and watch the movie again…and the show again. That would go on all day and into the night.
    Us die hards would stay till the last show…movie, show….movie, show… movie, show…….they allowed it.
    Paramount theater was one of the largest in the city, 3 or 4 levels.
    I can’t remember them all…In one show you could see….. The Platters, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie Wilson, The Coasters, Bill Haley and the Comets( Rock around the clock) , Chuck Berry, The Drifters, The Cadillacs (Speedo), The Turbans (When you dance), The teenagers (I want you to be my girl), Frankie Lymon (Why do fools fall in love), The Isley Brothers (Shout), and the great Fats Domino. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some.
    Not all at the same show… Alan Freed had a few shows each year. Each show lasted 10 days. Lots of us would go more than one day. How could you not. The back up band was always Count Basie. Not like todays “One performer show”

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  2. Bonnie
    April 8, 2021 @ 10:03 pm

    The Platters was the first album I ever bought (in the 1950s) and I love them as much or even more today. Fabulous talent and wonderful voices

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  3. Grannie Barb
    April 8, 2021 @ 7:42 pm

    What a joy it is to see and hear them again. Awesome, special and unforgettable

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  4. Babe1204
    April 8, 2021 @ 4:12 pm

    Oh my, the memories! Back when we could hear the words…and not have to guess!

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  5. Patricia
    April 8, 2021 @ 11:04 am

    Love that song. Beautiful.

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  6. Wall Street Willie.
    April 8, 2021 @ 10:56 am

    A once in a lifetime group.

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  7. dorothy carruolo
    April 8, 2021 @ 9:43 am

    beautiful

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  8. Bob Kephart
    April 8, 2021 @ 9:05 am

    were the good times. Not like the trash we hear today. This group was my wife’s favorite so I heard a lot of them.

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  9. Carolyn Piscitelli
    April 8, 2021 @ 8:48 am

    Great music. Those were the best of times.

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