Are you a genealogist who likes to rock n' roll? Were your immigrant
relatives involved in the music and songwriting industry?
Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles on Monday March
16, 2015 at 7:30 PM for:
"Da Doo Ron Ron: Jews in Rock n' Roll in the 50s and 60s" with Nigel Grainge
Did you ever ask what was the first Rock & Roll record? Most people
would say either Bill Haley or Elvis. Wrong! The first REAL rock and
roll record was 'Good rockin' tonight' by Wynonie Harris on the King
label out of Cincinnati and owned by Sid Nathan who later signed James
Brown in 1956. This presentation will reveal the creative force and
vision of Jewish songwriters, artists, publishing and record companies
that was instrumental in the creation of rock and roll.
Since their arrival en masse >from Eastern Europe, Jews were at the
forefront of every decade of recorded musical history. By the late
1950s over three-quarters of the US record companies were either run
by or owned by Jews. Learn about the how the Broadway musical era lead
into the birth of rock & roll, careening into the early '60's with the
New York 'hit factory' located in the Brill Building near Times
Square, and continuing up to 1966 and the dawn of the new rock
movement. Creative Jewish talent influenced rock n' roll, >from the
time Alan Freed first coined the term to the careers of Carole King,
Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lou Reed and Neil Sedaka. Nigel
will also discuss the history of Jewish-run record labels such as
Chess >from Chicago (Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Etta James
etc), King in Cincinnati (James Brown, Hank Ballard), Modern Records
in LA (BB KIng, John Lee Hooker etc), and Scepter Records in New York
(Shirelles, Isley brothers, Dionne Warwick).
Even Elvis Presley had Jewish roots!
Spend an evening viewing never-before-seen music videos and learn the
amazing, true stories behind the Jewish contribution to rock music as
you tap your feet to the beat of a magical era in musical history.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Speaker: Nigel Grainge, A & R man, originally >from London, is a former
music executive (Mercury Records and Ensign) who developed acts like
The Boomtown Rats, Sinead O'Connor, and World Party. He created a web
utility to expand music searching into a 3-D cultural context, using
the thousands of tunes and historic, never-before-seen video clips in
his library. He is a film and television musical consultant and is
developing a series of lectures encompassing all types of music from
Open to the public. JGSLA members free. Guests $5.00. No reservations
necessary.The Traveling library will be open starting at 7:00PM. Come
early and brown-bag your dinner in the Ruby Gallery. Invite your
friends for a rollicking good time!
More details and directions at: www.JGSLA.org
Program Chair, JGSLA