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The Rock 'N' Roll Era: The '60s - Sock Hop

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While "sock hop" seems like a term relegated to '50s rock & roll, it also works for much of the music made during the early '60s. What was Dion, after all, but a leftover from yesterday, and groups like the Drifters saw no reason to change their style just because the decade changed. For most folks, though, the 22 songs that grace The '60s: Sock Hop aren't the decade's most memorable, and few of these songs, mostly issued between 1960 and 1963, show up on post-millennium oldies stations. The milquetoast Bobby Vee delivers "Run to Him," a song, filled with sappy strings, that no self-respecting sock hop DJ would spin. Much better are cuts like the Shirelles' "A Thing of the Past" and Dionne Warwick's "Don't Make Me Over." For those who enjoy the maudlin, there's Brenda Lee's classic pity party, "I'm Sorry," and for fans of really odd duets, there's Nino Tempo and April Stevens' "Deep Purple." Both songs also stop in the middle for spoken monologues, a real treat for those who find this kind of over the top nonsense funny. It could probably be said that The '60s: Sock Hop makes the best of a bad musical era, but it's really hard to get very excited about most of these songs unless one grew up with them.

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