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

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By Clay Cole

Publisher : Morgan James Pub

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

ABOUT Clay Cole

Clay Cole
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 wri More...



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.

"Back in the day, everybody in New York watched Clay Cole." -- Frankie Valli "Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons""The Clay Cole Show was on of television's greatest rock and roll shows. Clay had the whole music industry to draw on and watch him. Clay Cole imprinted a powerful image onto the memory of a few million teenagers." -- David Hinckley "New York Daily News""Clay Cole. Saturday Night. Rock 'n' Roll. New York City. Glued to the tube. I should know; I was there." -- Dion "Dion DiMucci, one of rock & roll's great singer-songwriters of pop music""Clay lit up our Saturday Nights. Clay didn't know it, but I had a secret crush on him." -- Connie Francis "American pop singer best known for several international hit songs including "Who's Sorry Now?"""I was always jealous of that head of hair and tall, skinny body - otherwise, good memories of his television shows and the Brooklyn Paramount." -- Neil Sedaka "American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter"