Music of the 1960s

Two images of life in the 1960s come to mind when I think about this decade.  The first of which is the tailored and slick lines of New York life as depicted by the critically acclaimed series, Mad Men.  The other image I have is of teenagers first discovering the rebellious genre of Rock and Roll.

And thus I present you with my choice albums inspired by the 1960s!

Their satanic majesties request / The Rolling Stones – This album includes my favorite song from this band (‘She’s a Rainbow’) that’s stood the test of time for fifty years!

If you can believe your eyes & ears/ The Mama’s and the Papa’s – For some reason I formed an attachment to this band at a very young age.  Some of my fondest memories of kicking back in the summer are accompanied by The Mama’s and the Papa’s.  Check out ‘California Dreaming’ for the perfect song to cruise through town with the windows down this summer!

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / Beatles – This is obviously a no-brainer.  What band changed the face of music more than The Beatles in the 1960s.  My personal favorite on this album is ‘A Day in the Life’.

Love / the Beatles – For an even more unexpected look at the iconic works of The Beatles, check out this album.  Cirque du Soleil created a show in partner with The Beatles, based on their music.  The show’s title is ‘Love’ and it includes remixed music from the bands entire career.  My personal favorite has to be ‘Eleanor Rigby’!

The greatest hits. Volume 1 / the Beach Boys – Even though we might live in a land-locked state far from the coast, the music of The Beach Boys brings instant memories of the beach!

Pirate radio : motion picture soundtrack – This movie chronicles the adventures of a group of radio DJs broadcasting illegally from a boat off the coast of Great Britain in the 1960s.  If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s full of hits from the 1960’s!  I suggest you give it a chance!

16 biggest hits / Johnny Cash – “The Man in Black” was a country music icon, and a large part of the music scene in the 1960s!  Check out this album for a taste of his hits!

Next week: The 1970s!

The 1960s – DVDs

Here you’ll find a list of “Sixties” Films. Some of them were filmed during the Sixties but the majority are either set then or about that time period. We’ve tried to include something for everyone.

CLICK ON THE TITLES TO BE TAKEN TO THE LIBRARY’S ONLINE CATALOG. There, you can request the item and see more information including rating information.


61* – Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, one was the Yankees’ best loved players and the other was their most valuable. 1961 was about to be the summer that no one who loves baseball will ever forget. Both men find that they are approaching Babe Ruth’s 1927 single-season 60 home-run record. Facing pressure from the media and the stands, both men know that there is only room for one winner. The fans make their choice, but the people’s favorite isn’t the favorite to win.

Across the Universe – Jude is a dock worker from Liverpool who travels to the United States in the 1960s to find his estranged father. There, he falls in love with sheltered American teenager Lucy. When her brother, Max, is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, they become involved in peace activism.

Ali – An amazing epic drama of the biography of boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

American Gangster – Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in Harlem. He does so by buying heroin directly from a source in South East Asia, and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. Richie Roberts is a dedicated and honest policeman who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government and is determined to bring down Lucas’ drug empire. Based on a true story.

American Graffiti – Four teenagers come of age in 1962 on the last summer night before they go off to college, jobs, or the army.

Annie Hall – Woody Allen’s semiautobiographical portrait of his amorous, but ultimately mismatched, relationship with co-star Diane Keaton. Allen uses satire and comedy to portray this “nervous romance” for modern times.

Apocalypse Now – A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.

Blast from the Past – Adam Webber was born and raised in a bomb shelter by his sherry-swilling mother and his mad scientist father. His simple childhood was filled with Perry Como records, The Honeymooners reruns and good old-fashioned family values. Now, 35 years later, Adam is about to emerge into a bewildering modern world in search of supplies and a simple girl from Pasadena. Instead, he meets Eve, a modern LA woman jaded about life and burned by love.

A Bronx Tale – A hard-working bus driver must stand up to the local mob boss if he is to keep his son from falling into a life of crime.

Catch Me if You Can – Based on the autobiography of a brilliant young master of deception and the FBI agent hot on his trail. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. passed himself off as a pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor all before his 21st birthday.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind – Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. The story of a legendary showman’s double life–television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative, or so he said.

Crazy in Alabama – It’s the summer of 1965, and everyone in Alabama has gone completely crazy, especially 12-year-old Peejoe’s glamorous Aunt Lucille. Deciding not to let her abusive husband stand in the way of her dreams of television stardom, she gets rid of him in a most unusual way and leaves Peejoe with lots of questions and one explosive secret.

Dead Presidents – “On the streets, they call cash dead presidents. And that’s just what a Vietnam veteran is after when he returns home from the war, only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist–a daring robbery of an armored car filled with unmarked U.S. currency!”

Down with Love – A feminist writer in the early 1960’s who is promoting her book ‘Down With Love’ has sworn off love. A New York City journalist thinks he doesn’t need love. See what happens when they fall for each other in this old-fashioned romantic comedy.

Dreamgirls – The story of the rise and fall of three young women who make-up an African-American girl group in the racially turbulent 60s. Deena Jones, Effie White, and Lorrell Robinson desire to become pop stars and eventually get their wish when they are asked to be backup singers for the legendary James “Thunder” Early.

An Education – In the early 1960’s, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic older man can teach her.

Factory Girl – Edie Sedgwick, a beautiful, wealthy young party girl, drops out of Radcliffe in 1965 and heads to New York to become Holly Golightly. When she meets a hungry young artist named Andy Warhol, he promises to make her the star she always wanted to be. But after she explodes on the New York scene, she slowly finds herself losing her grip on reality.

Fly Me to the Moon – Young housefly Nat is looking for adventure and hatches a plan to jet into outer space with his two best friends, I.Q. and Scooter. In their homemade space suits, they take a wild ride aboard Apollo 11 all the way to the moon. After a potentially disastrous mechanic problem, these daredevil flies must save the day.

Full Metal Jacket – Vietnam war drama which begins with a depiction of the brutality of Marine Corps training and then shifts to Vietnam, focusing mainly on a group of Marines responding to the Tet Offensive of 1968.

Girl, Interrupted – Based on a true story of a young woman’s life-altering stay at a famous psychiatric hospital in the late 1960’s.

Glory Road – Don Haskins, a future Hall-of-Fame coach of tiny Texas Western University, bucks convention by simply starting the best players he can find: history’s first all-African American lineup.

Hair – Fresh from the farm, Claude Bukowski arrives in New York City for a date with the Army Induction Board, only to walk into a hippie “happening” in Central Park and fall in love with the beautiful Sheila. Befriended by the hippies’ pacifist leader, Berger, and urged to crash a formal party in order to declare his love for Sheila, Claude begins an adventure that lands him in jail, Central Park Lake and finally, in the army. But Berger’s final effort to save Claude from Vietnam sets in motion a bizarre twist of fate– with shocking consequences.

The Help – Mississippi during the 1960s: Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.

Little Shop of Horrors – In this musical, business blooms at Mushnik’s Flower Shop when an exotic potted plant called Audrey II arrives. The plant turns out to be carnivorous and has people rushing in to see it–and disappearing.

M. Butterfly – A French civil service officer risks and then abandons everything in his life in his obsessive pursuit of a enigmatic Chinese opera diva.

Magdalene Sisters – In Ireland in the 1960s, four women were sent to the Magdalene Laundries, an institution for “fallen” women, where they will atone for their sins through a regimented life of work and prayer. They all had to work in the laundry, where the strict nuns would break everyone’s wills through sadistic punishment. Based on a true story.

The Man without a Face – A man with a badly scarred face is hired to help a boy pass his military school entrance exam.

Mississippi  Burning – Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI’s attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town.

Mr. Holland’s Opus – A frustrated composer comes to realize that his real passion is teaching and that his legacy is not a truly memorable piece of music, but the generations of young people whose lives he affects.

National Lampoon’s Animal House – In 1962, Larry Kroger and Kent Dorfman are freshman in college. They want to join a fraternity. After visiting several, including the snobby Omega house, they come to a Delta house pledge party. Here they meet the handsome, but compulsive womanizer Otter, his best friend Boone, Boone’s girlfriend Katy, the daring thrill-seeker D-Day, the ever responsible Hoover, and slacker Bluto. They are accepted into the fraternity and join in on the wild toga parties, road trips, and pratical jokes. But Dean Wormer is determined to have Delta kicked off campus and its members expelled. He enlists the help of Omega house and its leaders Doug Neidermyer and Greg Marmalard and new pledge Chip Diller. Delta is not willing to go away quietly.

The Outsiders – Coming of age movie set in Tulsa Oklahoma in the mid sixties.

Peggy Sue Got Married – Peggy Sue, a mother of two who runs her own business & is coping with an impending divorce, attends her 25th high school reunion, where a freak mishap sends her decades back in time, giving her the power to create an entirely different future for herself.

Riding in Cars with Boys – Based on a true story. A single mother, with dreams of going to college and becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 and goes through a failed marriage with her son’s drug-addicted father.

Secondhand Lions – To the rest of the world, Garth and Hub are mysterious old men hiding millions. But to Walter, they are family – and now they’re about to lead him on an adventure he’ll never forget.

Simon Birch – Ever since doctors proclaimed Simon Birch’s birth as a miracle, Simon’s sure he’s going to be a hero, he’s just not sure how.

That Thing You Do! – The overnight triumph of an American rock band in the glory days of rock & roll.

A Walk on the Moon – It’s the summer of 1969 and realizing she missing the sexual revolution Pearl has a passionate affair with a free-spirited young man, but then she has to make a choice between her husband and family or her newfound desires.

Zodiac – A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. The four men most affected by the killer are San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith.

Yellow Submarine – Once upon a time–or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humour, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.

1960s Books for All Ages

Here you’ll find a list of books that are either set in the 1960s or were written during this time. This list is broken down by age but there are many books that can be enjoyed by some or all of the age groups. This list is just a sample of the thousands of books that we can access through the county-wide system. Some descriptions were taken from the catalog, others from our Literature database; Novelist (click to access from home.)

Click on Titles to be taken to the Catalog


American Pastoral By: Roth, Philip – A former athletic star, devoted family man, and owner of a thriving glove factory, Seymour “Swede” Levov finds his life coming apart during the social disorder of the 1960s, when his beloved daughter turns revolutionary terrorist out to destroy her father’s world.

Bad Boy Brawly Brown: an Easy Rawlins Mystery By: Mosley, Walter – Set in 1964, Easy is on a mission to lure Brawley Brown back to his mother. But not only is Brawley bad, he’s big and not so easily swayed, especially since joining the Urban Revolutionary Party, a political group wary of strangers. Add to that a cache of stolen guns, secret government investigators, a payroll heist, several murders, problems with his son, and everybody lying about everything, plus his own crushing guilt over the apparent death of his best friend, and you’ve got Easy behind the eight ball once again.

Hearts in Atlantis By: King, Stephen – Composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the Sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

The Help By: Stockett, Kathryn – Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.

I’ll Never Get out of This World Alive By: Earle, Steve – Wracked by guilt and addiction ten years after administering a fatal morphine overdose to Hank Williams, Doc Ebersole performs illegal medical services in the red-light district of San Antonio before meeting a young Mexican immigrant who seems to heal others with her touch.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century. 1969 By: Moore, Alan – Features the adventures of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen set in a dark version of swinging London, as Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, and Lando deal with the possible return of Haddo and the moon-child cult.

Matterhorn: a Novel of the Vietnam War By: Marlantes, Karl – Lieutenant Waino Mellas and his fellow Marines venture into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and fight their way into manhood, confronting external obstacles as well as racial tension, competing ambitions, and underhanded officers.

Nora, Nora By: Siddons, Anne Rivers – A young woman with a troubled past comes to visit her cousin and widowed uncle for the summer, and stuns the residents of their small Georgia town.

Replay By: Grimwood, Ken – Through a bizarre cycle of dying and coming back to life again and again, Jeff Winston receives six chances to change his life, correct previous mistakes, and find the happiness that has long eluded him.

The Secret Life of Bees By: Kidd, Sue Monk – After her “stand-in mother,” a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

Songs in Ordinary Time By: Morris, Mary McGarry – A novel set in a small town in Vermont in 1960 offers the story of lonely and vulnerable Marie Fermoyle, her three children, and a dangerous con man.

South of Broad By: Conroy, Pat – After his brother’s suicide, Leopold Bloom King struggles along with the rest of his family in Charleston, South Carolina, until he begins to gather an intimate circle of friends, whose ties endure for two decades until a final, unexpected test of friendship.

The Stones of Summer By: Mossman, Dow – This stream-of-consciousness novel is the story of Dawes Williams, who grows up in Iowa and enters the world of the ’60s as a hell-raising counterculture figure. In the process, he grows as a writer.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being By: Kundera, Milan – After the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, a married surgeon, Tomas, becomes a window washer while trying to reconcile himself to decisions that he and his wife must make about their relationship.

Valley of the Dolls By: Susann, Jacqueline – Three women seek escape as they learn about the bitterness, corruption, and falsehoods of the show-business world.

While I was Gone By: Miller, Sue – Having moved on with her life after a friend was brutally murdered, Jo Becker is now married with a grown family, but when an old housemate moves into the neighborhood, Jo rekindles a relationship that takes her back to the past and threatens her future.


Bliss By: Myracle, Lauren – When Bliss’s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it’s like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naïve Bliss has to her new environment is what she’s seen on The Andy Griffith Show. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted, naïve Bliss is happy to be friends with anyone. That’s not the way it has ever worked at Crestview, and soon Bliss is at the center of a struggle for power between three girls—two living and one long dead.

Blue Skin of the Sea: a Novel in Stories By: Salisbury, Graham – Growing up in Hawaii between 1953 and 1966, Sonny tries to come to terms with his feelings for his fisher father and the vast sea that dominates his life.

A Corner of the Universe By: Martin, Ann M. – The summer Hattie turns 12, her predictable smalltown life is turned on end when her uncle Adam returns home for the first time in over ten years. Hattie has never met him, never known about him. He’s been institutionalized; his condition invovles schizophrenia and autism. Hattie, a shy girl who prefers the company of adults, takes immediately to her excitable uncle, even when the rest of the family — her parents and grandparents — have trouble dealing with his intense way of seeing the world.

Countdown By: Wiles, Deborah – It’s 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it’s going to be a formative year.

Criss Cross By: Perkins, Lynne Rae – Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.

Dancing in Cadillac Light By: Holt, Kimberly Willis – In 1968, eleven-year-old Jaynell’s life in the town of Moon, Texas, is enlivened when her eccentric Grandpap comes to live with her family.

Dead End in Norvelt By: Gantos, Jack – In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

Glory Be By: Scattergood, Augusta – In the summer of 1964 as she is about to turn twelve, Glory’s town of Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is beset by racial tension when town leaders close her beloved public pool rather than desegregating it.

Here Today By: Martin, Ann M. – In 1963, when her flamboyant mother abandons the family to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, eleven-year-old Ellie Dingman takes charge of her younger siblings, while also trying to deal with her outcast status in school and frightening acts of prejudice toward the “misfits” that live on her street.

Letters from Wolfie By: Sherlock, Patti – Certain that he is doing the right thing by donating his dog, Wolfie, to the Army’s scout program in Vietnam, thirteen-year-old Mark begins to have second thoughts when the Army refuses to say when and if Wolfie will ever return.

My Mother the Cheerleader By: Sharenow, Rob – Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.

Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me By: Marino, Nan – Tamara dreams of the day when ten-year-old Muscle Man McGinty’s constant lies catch up to him, but when an incredible event takes place in the summer of 1969, her outlook on life is altered in the most surprising way.

One Crazy Summer By: Williams-Garcia, Rita – In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Shooting the Moon By: Dowell, Frances O’Roark – When twelve-year-old Jamie Dexter’s brother joins the Army and is sent to Vietnam, Jamie is plum thrilled. She can’t wait to get letters from the front lines describing the excitement of real-life combat: the sound of helicopters, the smell of gunpowder, the exhilaration of being right in the thick of it. After all, they’ve both dreamed of following in the footsteps of their father, the Colonel. But TJ’s first letter isn’t a letter at all. It’s a roll of undeveloped film, the first of many. What Jamie sees when she develops TJ’s photographs reveals a whole new side of the war. Slowly the shine begins to fade off of Army life – and the Colonel. How can someone she’s worshipped her entire life be just as helpless to save her brother as she is?

The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 By: Curtis, Christopher Paul – The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Wednesday Wars By: Schmidt, Gary D. – During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.


1960s – History and SPL Programs

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The early 1960s in America were a time of hope, energy, and prosperity, a time when the United States settled confidently into its role as a superpower possessed of military might and financial clout. “It is a time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities,” the new president John F. Kennedy told the nation in 1960. “For there is a new world to be won.” –Read More Here.

Source: L., R. “Introduction.” American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 7: 1960-1969. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 9 July 2012.

Join us this week for these “Between the Decades” Programs.

1960s Doll Necklaces – Monday, July 9 @ 6PM – Join April McBain of No Good Riding Hood and go back to the flower power days of the 1960s to make a vintage craft. These doll necklaces were popular 50 years ago, and you’ll have a chance to make them again. There is a $2.00 material fee payable at the program. Please register. Lab – Tuesday, July 10 @ 10:30AM – A Librarian will give a quick review of the site, and then you can search away for the rest of the session! Class size is limited. Please register.

Decades Documentaries – National Geographic’s: The Lost JFK Tapes (1960s) – Tuesday, July 10, @ 2PM – In commemoration of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in November of 1963, National Geographic presents an exhaustive timeline of archived home movies, news reports, radio reports, and audio recordings depicting the event that shattered a nation and shocked the world. With footage of stunned witnesses, breathless news anchors, and the very priest who administered President Kennedy’s last rites, this documentary captures the grief of a nation for the benefit of future generations.

African Americans in the Sewickley Valley – Thursday, July 12 @ 7PM – African Americans of Sewickley Valley have a history as rich and deep-rooted as the valley itself. This presentation, by Autumn Redcross, is based on the book that she coauthored with local historian, Bettie Cole. Please register.

Decades Movies: Yellow Submarine (1960s) – Friday, July 13 @ 2PM – Animated feature with the Beatles trying to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. (1968, 90min, G)

Music of the 1950s!

Let’s get this over with right now.  This is the part where I admit that I have a total soft spot for 1950s and 1960s.  If I capable of commanding that I’d been alive during these decades, I would do so in a heartbeat. But that kind of technology doesn’t exist yet.  And so I settle for mooning over the vintage fashion from the time, the clean lines of the cars, and the bold colors of the 1950s.

I’ve sampled some choice tunes this week that will have you back in time at the soda shop within minutes!

50s jukebox hits : 100% original recordings and artists – This album really has it all, from Jerry Lee Lewis, to Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley!  You’ll want to pull up a stool at a classic diner and tap your toes away to this one!

20 all time greatest hits! / James Brown – I personally don’t believe I could capture the music of the 1950s without including James Brown in this post.  For a brief collection of hits from the master of music improv, look no farther!

2nd to none / Elvis – The unmistakable voice and swagger of Elvis Presley captivated the nation from his first television appearance.  His hits have all been catalogued on this album! From ‘Hound Dog’ to ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, let this CD liven up your drive home from work!

The definitive collection / Chuck Berry – My introduction to Chuck Berry came the first time I saw “Back to the Future” as a child, and the song “Johnny B. Goode” has been one of my favorites ever since.  This CD is sure to get you moving and grooving to the iconic work of Chuck Berry!

Rock, rhythm, and doo wop : the greatest songs from early rock ‘n’ roll – This 3 CD set is like capturing the exciting time of the 1950s in a bottle for all fans of Rock ‘N’ Roll music as it is today.  We really owe all of our favorites to the music that started it all in the 1950s!

The Jerry Lee Lewis collection – Who can forget the unbelievable style that Jerry Lee Lewis brought to playing the piano?  It’s astounding to watch his performances, but here for your listening pleasure, I bring you the CD set which includes his most popular tracks!  Don’t miss it!

Next Week: The 1960s!

The 1950s – DVDs

Here you’ll find a selection of Feature Films and Documentaries. Some of them were filmed during the Fifties but the majority are either set then or about that time period. We’ve tried to include something for everyone.

Click on the titles to be taken to the Library’s Online Catalog.

All the King’s Men – Willie Stark is an uncorrupted small-town mayor in 1950s Louisiana. He gets picked by the political machine to run as a wild card candidate in the upcoming gubernatorial race. When Willie realizes that he is being manipulated, he veers off on his own to become the darling of the electorate’s downtrodden and forgotten hicks.

An American Rhapsody – In order to escape Communist Hungary, a family must leave behind their infant daughter. She is then temporarily raised by a peasant Hungarian couple. When the daughter is finally brought to America to be with her family, her relationship with her real family becomes strained. The girl is torn between two mothers and two homelands. Based on a true story. The girl returns to Hungary and takes an unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

La Bamba – Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

Before Night Falls – A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro’s Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States.

Beyond the Sea – One of America’s greatest performers, Bobby Darin lived a rags-to-riches life. He worked his way from shady nightclubs to his dream destination, the Copacabana, where he wowed the crowds with his songs. He was a marvel at singing, songwriting and performing – stealing the hearts of fans everywhere despite the suffering in his own heart.

The Blue Kite – Told from the perspective of a young boy, Tietou, this film traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors through the political and social upheavals in China in 1950’s and 60’s.

Bye Bye Birdie – When rock star Conrad Birdie gets drafted, his manager organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss on The Ed Sullivan show.

Capote – In 1959, Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. He learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, “In Cold Blood.”

Che – A biopic of Cuban revolutionary ‘Che’ Guevara.

Cry Baby – A spoof and homage to 1950’s teen rock melodramas. Cry Baby is a rebel with a gang of rough friends. Allison is the straight-laced girl who falls for him.

Diner – Set in 1959, a band of long-time buddies since high school gather at a local diner to share their escapades and make sense of their lives. As one by one they drift off to join the mainstream of life they still cling to their shared boyhood dreams.

Ed Wood – A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 from outer space, and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled.

Evita – True-life story of Eva Peron, who rose above childhood poverty and a scandalous past to achieve fortune and fame.

Forrest Gump – Through three turbulent decades, Forrest rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honors to the arms of his one true love.

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life – Follows the life of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.

Goodfellas – Three decades in the life of a group of men involved with organized crime.

Grease – It’s love when a greaser falls for a good girl in this classic musical depicting young life in the fifties.

Hollywoodland – Made famous as Superman on television, George Reeves finds it hard to not be typecast because of it. When he is found dead of a gunshot wound, rumors begin to run rampant. Based on Hollywood’s most notorious unsolved mystery.

Hoosiers – A man is given a last chance to redeem himself when he takes a coaching position for a high school basketball team in a small town in Indiana in the early 1950s. He is challenged with the task of bringing the unknown team to a championship.

I.Q. – All the world knows about Einstein the scientific genius. But what about Einstein the matchmaker? I.Q. puts this fanciful notion to the test and comes up with winning results in this fun, warm-hearted romantic comedy.

James Dean – A made-for-cable biography that looks at the star’s short but troubled life, his years of struggle before his sudden rise to fame, and the car crash that took his life at the age of 24.

The Killer Inside Me – A sheriff is on the case to solve a string of murders in his small town, knowing that he is the killer.

L.A. Confidential – The lives of three cops, a call girl, a millionaire, a tabloid journalist, and the chief of detectives become intertwined in a tale of police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles.

The Last Picture Show – A group of 50’s high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both economically and culturally.

Lolita – Humbert, a divorced British professor, travels to small-town America for a teaching position. He allows himself to be swept into a relationship with Charlotte, whom he marries in order that he might pursue her 14-year-old daughter, Lolita.

M*A*S*H – The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Mommie Dearest – The story of legendary movie star Joan Crawford as she struggles for her career and battles the inner demons of her private life. This torment manifests itself into her relationships with her adopted children, Christina and Christopher.

My Favorite Year – Alan Swann is a legendary movie idol forced by the IRS to face the music–deportation or a TV appearance to pay up. Benjy is in charge of making sure Swann shows up sober. You are taken behind the scenes during the early days of live variety shows.

Nowhere Boy – Set in Liverpool in 1955, the adolescent years of John Lennon are chronicled. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John — his Aunt Mimi who raised him and the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, he escapes into the new and exiciting world of rock ‘n’ roll where he meets a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice and an icon explodes into the world.

October Sky – True story of a young boy growing up in Coalwood, West Virginia during the 1950’s who dreams of building rockets.

Pleasantville – A brother and sister are magically transported through their television set and into the black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville.

Quiz Show – Fame and fortune become a hotbed of scandal when a Washington investigator uncovers corruption beneath the TV’s hottest quiz show’s glittering facade. The scandal implicates both the wildly popular champion and the disgruntled ex-champ.

The Reader – Post-WWII, Germany. Michael Berg is a teenager who becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens.

The Right Stuff – The true story of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton– the seven men chosen for the Mercury Project manned space flight program in the U.S.

Superman – As an infant, Superman is sent to earth from the doomed planet Krypton. As he grows up, he learns he has super powers which he must hide from the ordinary mortals around him.

Sylvia – Born in Boston, MA, in 1932, Plath developed a talent as a writer and published her first poem when she was eight years old. That same year, Plath was forced to confront the unexpected death of her father. In 1950, she began studying at Smith College on a literary scholarship. In 1955, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study in England at Cambridge. There, Plath met Ted Hughes, a respected author. The two fell in love, and married in 1958. However, marriage, family, and a growing reputation as an important poet failed to bring Plath happiness.

This Boy’s Life – Caroline just wants to settle down in one place, find a decent guy and provide a better home for her handful of a son, Toby. When she moves to Seattle and meets Dwight, she thinks she’s got it made. Toby, however, feels differently after spending time with Dwight while away from Caroline. Dwight seems to want to mold Toby into a better person, but to do so, he emotionally, verbally and physically abuses the kid. The marriage proceeds, and soon Caroline, too, recognizes Dwight’s need to dominate everyone around him.

The Tree of Life – The impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s that follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Walk the Line – Traces Johnny Cash’s childhood, including his distant father to his early attempts at a music career. At this point in his life he marries his girlfriend Vivian. During a tour with singer/musicians Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, he encounters singer June Carter, and his love for her, and her rejection of him through the years, spurs him into drugs, drinking, and depression. June is both a sassy spitfire singer whose charm breaks hearts and eventually becomes a sympathetic friend who tries to help Johnny get over her. A true love story of two country music stars.

West Side Story – This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister to the Sharks leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets.

When Did You Last See Your Father? – When a 40-year-old writer visits his dying father, he begins to relive the memories of his past and is forced to realize that his once “immortal, invincible and infallible” father is human after all.

The 1950s – Books for All Ages

Here you’ll find a list of books that are either set in the 1950s or were written during this time. This list is broken down by age but there are many books that can be enjoyed by some or all of the age groups. This list is just a sample of the thousands of books that we can access through the county-wide system. Some descriptions were taken from the catalog, others from our Literature database; Novelist (click to access from home.)

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11/22/63 By: King, Stephen – On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author’s new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination.

Brooklyn By: Toibin, Colm – Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.

Cutting for Stone By: Verghese, A. – Marion and Shiva Stone, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Gilead By: Robinson, Marilynne – As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.

In Cold Blood: a True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences By: Capote, Truman – An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.

On the Road By: Kerouac, Jack – On the Road is a thinly fictionalized autobiography, filled with a cast made of Kerouac’s real life friends, lover, and fellow travelers. Narrated by Sal Paradise, one of Kerouac’s alter-egos, On the Road is a cross-country bohemian odyssey that not only influenced writing in the years since its 1957 publication but penetrated into the deepest level of American thought and culture.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest By: Kesey, Ken – McMurphy, a criminal who feigns insanity, is admitted to a mental hospital where he challenges the autocratic authority of the head nurse.

A Painted House By: Grisham, John – Racial tension, a forbidden love affair, and murder are seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old boy in a 1950s Southern cotton-farming community.

The Poisonwood Bible By: Kingsolver, Barbara – The family of a fierce evangelical Baptist missionary–Nathan Price, his wife, and his four daughters–begins to unravel after they embark on a 1959 mission to the Belgian Congo, where they find their lives forever transformed over the course of three decades by the political and social upheaval of Africa.

A Prayer for Owen Meany By: Irving, John – Owen Meany hits a foul ball while playing baseball in the summer of 1953 that kills his best friend’s mother, an accident that Owen is sure is the result of divine intervention.

The Rum Diary: the Long Lost Novel By: Thompson, Hunter S. – The irreverent writer’s long lost novel, written before his nonfiction became popular, chronicles a journalist’s enthusiastic, drunken foray through 1950s San Juan.

She’s Come Undone By: Lamb, Wally – Overweight and sensitive Dolores Price grows from painful childhood, through excruciating adolescence, to lonely adulthood, experiencing the heartache of being a misfit in a confusing world.

Shutter Island By: Lehane, Dennis – U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, come to Shutter Island’s Ashcliffe Hospital in search of an escaped mental patient, but uncover true wickedness as Ashcliffe’s mysterious patient treatments propel them to the brink of insanity.

Song of Solomon By: Morrison, Toni – Macon Dead, Jr., called Milkman, son of the richest Negro in town, moves from childhood into early manhood, searching, among the disparate, mysterious members of his family, for his life and reality.

Stones from the River By: Hegi, Ursula – Trudi, a dwarf librarian, tells about the lives of people in the small German town of Burgdorf from World War I and into the 1950s.

A Walk to Remember By: Sparks, Nicholas – A nostalgic look back at the 1950s in a story of first love set in a small North Carolina town.


Bone by Bone by Bone By: Johnston, Tony – In 1950s Tennessee, ten-year-old David’s racist father refuses to let him associate with his best friend Malcolm, an African American boy.

The Boys of San Joaquin By: Smith, D. James – In a small California town in 1951, twelve-year-old Paolo and his deaf cousin Billy get caught up in a search for money missing from the church collection, leading them to complicated discoveries about themselves, other family members, and townspeople they thought they knew.

Fire from the Rock By: Draper, Sharon M. – In 1957, Sylvia Patterson’s life–that of a normal African American teenager–is disrupted by the impending integration of Little Rock’s Central High when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school.

Keeping Score By: Park, Linda Sue – In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a “Bums” (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.

Kira-kira By Kadohata, Cynthia – Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

The Lions of Little Rock By: Levine, Kristin – In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

Mississippi Trial, 1955 By: Crowe, Chris – In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African American from Chicago.

My Louisiana Sky By: Holt, Kimberly Willis – Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950’s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

Penny from Heaven By: Holm, Jennifer – As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father’s death.

Stitches By: Small, David – In this memoir, David Small tells the story of his boyhood in the 1950s. Believing that science can fix everything, his radiologist father subjected David to numerous x-rays for various childhood ailments, resulting in cancer that was untreated for years. At age 14, unaware that he had throat cancer and was expected to die, David awoke from an operation left him nearly mute. Beautifully told from a child’s perspective, this pen and ink graphic novel is both dark and delightful.

Strings Attached By: Blundell, Judy – Kit Corrigan, seventeen, leaves her home in Providence, Rhode Island, hoping to find fame and fortune on Broadway. It’s 1950, and Billy, Kit’s ex-boyfriend, has joined the army, but his mob-connected father offers Kit a Manhattan apartment and a nightclub job if she agrees to keep him informed about Billy and his friends. Soon Kit is way over her head, caught in a web of intrigue, love, betrayal, and murder.

Tunes for Bears to Dance To By: Cormier, Robert – Eleven-year-old Henry escapes his family’s problems by watching the woodcarving of Mr. Levine, an elderly Holocaust survivor, but when Henry is manipulated into betraying his friend, he comes to know true evil.

Way Down Deep By: White, Ruth – In the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep in the 1950s, a foundling called Ruby June is happily living with Miss Arbutus at the local boarding house when suddenly, after the arrival of a family of outsiders, the mystery of Ruby’s past begins to unravel.

When Grandmama Sings By: Mitchell, Margaree King – An eight-year-old girl accompanies her grandmother on a singing tour of the segregated South, both of them knowing that Grandmama’s songs have the power to bring people together.

1950s – History and SPL Programs

Check out our 1950s Board on Pinterest to be taken back in time!

It is always tempting to oversimplify history; even so, no American decade in the twentieth century lends itself more readily to facile summation than the 1950s. It is clear that there was a sweeping change in American life after World War II. It is equally clear that generalizations about the decade must be carefully considered and applied only with caution. The American people constitute a very large topic. In 1950 there were more than 151 million Americans, and the population increased at what some thought to be the alarming rate of 19 percent over the decade. There were, on average, some 100 million voting-age adults in America during the 1950s, and, being Americans, they tended to blaze their own paths, even if there are certain patterns recognizable in hindsight.–Read More Here.

Source: “Introduction.” American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 6: 1950-1959. Detroit: Gale, 2001. VII-IX. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 25 June 2012.

Join us this week for these “Between the Decades” Programs.

Decades Documentaries – Rock n’ Roll Explodes (1950s) – Tuesday, June 26th, @ 2PM

Visit Elgin Park AKA Sewickley, PA – Thursday, June 28th @ 7PM – Join use for a special visit by artist Michael Paul Smith who will show some of his dreamlike photographs inspired by our very own Sewickley, where he grew up during the 1950s. Elgin Park is a miniature evocation of mid-century America. Your won’t find this on any map, but you will find it all over the Web. Called an Internet phenomenon by the New York Times, Michael Paul Smith’s Flickr site has received almost 26 million hits since he first posted his photographs. Please register.

Decades Movies: Pillow Talk (1950s) – Friday, June 29th @ 2PM – A romantic comedy in which a carefree bachelor and carefree career girl share a telephone party line. Mutual hostility develops without their ever having met. When they finally become acquainted attitudes begin to change. (1959, 103min, NR)

Patron and Staff Book Reviews 6/22/12

Every Friday, we’ll post a sample of the many reviews that have been added to our online summer reading program over the past week. You can always read more of them on their respective, review pages: Adult & Staff. If you’re interested in writing your own reviews, head over to to sign up!

The Affair by Lee Child – Good, light, summer reading. We finally find out how Reacher’s military career ended!

Check this Book Out Today!Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton – This isn’t just a chef writing about food, this is a chef writing about her very interesting life. But you can see where the relationship with food comes from.

The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor – The Breakup Bible is SO accurate. It really does show what a broken heart can do. Jenny has just been dumped by Max and just can’t get over him. Great book. The only thing that kept me from loving it is that Jenny is not really a likable girl. She’s pretty judgmental about everyone else in the world. Hints of a less evil Margaret Simon. But that’s it. Written by the author of Girlfriend Material and the Darlings series. Good book for someone going through the pain of a break up.

Cell 8 by Roslund & Hellstrom – Ohio death row inmate “dies”, is buried, wakes up in Sweden (vis Moscow), marries, works as band singer, kicks a drunken idiot, is arrested, deported to Moscow, extradited to Ohio, & is executed. Excellent writing.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – “In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.” I was not prepared for the second half of this upsetting and amazing tale!

Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor – I always hated being it. It is funny how that idea of being “it” changes. I am NOT an it girl at all. Never have been, sadly. Jan (pronounced Yahn, she is named for one of her parents’ favorite artists, Jan Van Eyck. I like him too, but I wouldn’t name a kid after him!) Miller isn’t either. Confessions of a Not It Girl is her story of love non-existant and love almost lost and love found. This is another from Melissa Kantor and I liked it, but Jan wasn’t very likable, but again, not liking the main character all that much and yet still being able to enjoy the book says something good about the book. I think Kantor is a really good author. A good, quick read and there are some very funny, funny lines.

Check this Book Out Today!A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan – it was a long slow read. the basic story is attention grabbing, but not where the reader won’t put down the book. I did finish it tho. I would rate it a C to C-

Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins – Islam, IRA, Mossad all tangle along with the irrestible lure of power and money overcoming devotion to Allah. Alas, youth cannot be revisited.

Check this Book Out Today!Fifty Shades Freed by E L James – I had a harder time getting through this book in the trilogy. However, it was still enjoyable and I was very sad to close this one up. I feel like I’ve said good-bye to close friends! I seem to always go through this little mourning phase at the end of a really absorbing series!

Check this Book Out Today!French Fried by Harriet Welty Rochefort – I am a huge lover of all things non fiction so this book was a delicious morsel to snack on!

Raising the perfect child through guilt and manipulation by Elizabeth Beckwith – This is funny, but not at all politically correct. Like it could be offensive to family-oriented people and to people who try not to be racist–so pretty much everyone. But if you don’t mind being offended, it has some entertaining views on parenting, and even some that I might use with my own kids.  Check this Book Out Today!

The Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – I’ve had this on my shelf forever and just got around to reading it. I’d heard it was really good, but I was doubtful at first because it gets off to a slow start. Well, it turned out to be one of those stories that is like a roller coaster and the first part you’re just clacking up the hill wondering when you’re ever going to get to the top and then it just takes off! The characters were all kind of nuts, but not nuts enough that you couldn’t see where they were coming from.

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Rose Madder by Stephen King – Story told from two perspectives: Rose, a battered and broken wife and Norman, her disturbed, abusive husband. Rose escapes to Chicago and starts a new, hopeful life but you know Norman is coming. The fact that King lets you into Norman’s thought process, might be the most disturbing thing about this book. Not only because you learn his motivations, but because you actually start to feel bad for him. At least I did. Predictably, his childhood was marred by his father who was abusive both physically and sexually. Norman does a lot of very disturbing things to anyone who gets in his way.
Rose, meanwhile, is ambling along in her new life. Not sure of who to trust, what feelings she should have, and what her life will become. Then she finds (or rather is found by) a mysterious and unsettling painting in a pawn shop. This book did take awhile to get supernatural. I was glad it did because without it, Rose was just boring and honestly, a little annoying.
Reminded me a lot of Insomnia especially when they mentioned Susan Day! (Hey Hey)

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher – “Everything affects everything,” declares Hannah Baker, who killed herself two weeks ago. After her death, Clay Jensen finds seven cassette tapes in a brown paper package on his doorstep. The narrative alternates between Hannah story which chronicles the13 people who led her to make this horrific choice and Clay Jensen’s thoughts, reactions and revelations. The author creates an intense, suspenseful novel that was quite thought provoking. Disturbing but worth reading.

Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz – Although there is an undercurrent of horror – goblins masquerading as humans are the scary psychopaths here – this is a psychological thriller about a boy attempting to hide among carnival folk in a Pennsylvania town.

Music of the 1940s

Even though America and the world found themselves facing an immensly trying time due to World War II, the music of the 1940s proved an outlet through which everyone could escape.  But if anything, this decade opened a door musically which has never quite closed.  Popular of ‘Pop’ music as it’s now known really kicked off in the 1940’s.  The first Teen Heart-Throb was the classic crooner, Frank Sinatra himself, and the big band sound of swing was more popular than ever.   This week I have a sweet selection ranging from blues, to swing, and everything in between.

The very best of the Rat Pack – To kick off, this CD features the most memorable tunes from the iconic Rat Pack.  It’s the perfect album kick back and relax as you imagine the glamour and the bright lights of Vegas which this CD evokes!

The Reprise collection / Frank Sinatra – This four CD collection offers a great range of songs from Frank Sinarta!  From “Fly me to the moon” to “My kind of town” this collection is the perfect addition to your playlists.  Maybe pick up a mystery featuring a Femme Fatale and a Private Eye to accompany this great set!

Twelve nights in Hollywood / Ella Fitzgerald – In this collection, the classic and classy Ella Fitxgerald sings to an album which ewokes the feeling of old Hollywood glamour, before the days of TMZ and ‘Reality Stars’.

#1 hits of the 1940’s / original artists – To capture the 1940’s on one album, look no farther than this one!  From the big band sound of swing to jazz classics, this album would be a great addition to anyones music collection!

The only big band CD you’ll ever need – I think the title of this one speaks for itself.  If you’re having a backyard get together and want to kick the party up a notch, throw on this album and watch as your friends break off in to pairs to dance the night away!

Next week: The 1950s comes alive!