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There was, in fact, music before the Beatles arrived in 1964. If you were an 8-year-old Space Cadet in 1953, this is what you were lsteining to in your teenage years. From late 1958 until middle 1963 there existed perhaps the most dynamic situation in popular music. The ancient Burl Ives and Perry Como shared the same charts with Roy Orbison. A Del Shannon tune would be followed by a Kingston Trio "folksong". Frankie Avalon's When a Girl Changes from Bobby Sox to Stockings would be number 8 one week and the next it would be Web Pierce's hardcore country I Ain't Never.

This was part of a culture that held the promise of the future. Though there were manned space flights, it was an era dominated by the memory of Sputnik and Vanguard. Echo I and II, Tiros, Kosmos and, Atlas, Jupiter, Juno and Thor-Agena rockets were the order of the day. Satellite launches went from rare to the monthly norm. It was also the time that the U-2 went down, the Berlin Wall went up, the Era of John F and Jacquline Kennedy, Yuri Gararin and John Glenn and Vaugn Meder gave us a different take on the Presidency that was funny without being abrasive. Welcome to the...

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