The “American Idol” for 2009 Adam Lambert


Maybe I’m a little old for a steady diet of new music, but I still enjoy singing along to the best of the current top 40. The All-American Rejects (“I Hope It Gives You Hell”), Nickelback “(If Everyone Cared”) and Kelly Clarkson (“My World Would Suck Without You”), make me feel like a kid again. I can almost taste the rebellion in the music and feel the same emotions I felt when I first heard Rock and Roll!.


I recently reconnected with a pal from the past, John Madera who was a member of Danny and the Juniors, co-writer of “At The Hop” (Madera/White), and the prophetic “Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay” (Madera/White). I was thrilled to hear that his Rock and Roll spirit is alive and well. He told me about a new film he’s working on “At The Hop”, which is a story of life and love in Philadelphia set in late fifties, when it’s music and artists, dominated the charts.  


Then I smiled and told John about the first time I saw Danny and the Juniors Perform. When I was living in New York as a kid in the’50s I couldn’t wait for Easter to arrive, not for the candy or a new outfit my mother would buy me, but for the Alan Freed Easter Rock and Roll Show!


 Disc Jockey Alan Freed would always have the top black artists, including the architects of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry (“Maybeline”, “Sweet Little 16”), Little Richard (“Rip It Up”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”), or Bo Diddley (“Bo Diddley”, “Who Do You Love”), sharing the stage with the top white rockers, Buddy Holly and the Crickets (“That’ll Be The Day”), Jerry Lee Lewis (“Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On”), The Diamonds (“Lil Darlin’’), Danny And The Juniors, (“At The Hop”, “Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay”.


Imagine if they had a show like that today with the greatest stars of the past…the present…and the future…imagine…











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