‘50s nostalgia with a kick

Carolyn R. Parsons
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Penney pays tribute to his musical influences in latest recording

LEWISPORTE — In post war America the babies and the jukeboxes had just started booming and by the time the ‘50s hit the celebration of a war well-won was well etched into the psyche of the population. Out of that jubilation came the idea that America had now finally come into its own. 

Terry Penney is his “soda shop”.

So along came the music that matched-rock and roll.

It was an optimistic if somewhat naïve time but celebratory and though much of it was a façade in pre civil rights America, the music of the 1950’s reflected a society that was ready for something new and exciting.

Out of that America, before the cold war was truly underway arose the genre of music that was the scourge of parents everywhere but the delight of young people in their stereotypical pony tails and bobby socks.

And still to this day the songs stand the test of time. For Terry Penney that is the music of his childhood, a direct reflection of when times were simpler for him and when music became as much a part of him as his own heartbeat. Too young to be a part of the ‘50s, it was the music his parents played when he was teething on music and it was the first songs that he played.

A bike from his childhood has been restored and sits atop a Coca Cola cooler circa 1950-something. A chrome table and chairs, black and white checkered floors and red and white gingham curtains adorn his music room and attests to the fact that his love of the music of that era is “not a flavour of the month.”

In that room songs like “The Town that Time Forgot” were inspired and in those surroundings he solidified his plans to record an album of his favourite songs from that decade.

“Halfway through the project Phil Everley died,” says Penney, “and I thought ‘another one gone’.”

This urged him to finish the year-long project that is a tribute to the musical heroes of his lifetime, a CD entitled “Once Upon a Blue Moon”.

Organizations: Coca Cola, Blue Moon, Citadel House The Gathering

Geographic location: America, Burlington, Ontario

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