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h Classic Rock Kingdom – Bill Gross

Hi! My name is Bill Gross. As you can see , I’m having some problems. The last few years haven’t been too gentle. But these are the “Golden Years”! Yeah! Right! More like “Iron Pyrite”. Anyway, I’m still breathing and I wish to share my love of music, especially from the mid 50′s to the late 70′s. But, let’s get back to the beginning.

My association with music started at an early age as I was surrounded by it. I was raised with three older sisters and an older brother. My sisters loved Johnnie Ray and coerced our mom to buy his 78′s. I listened and sang (tried) his early songs (Cry, The Little White Cloud That Cried), and my intrigue with music was born. I was five years old.

Our father was a singer in his own right, performing as lead singer in various stage musicals. I had two very small parts on stage in “Phinean’s Rainbow” and “The Music Man”. He had to leave the stage, financial constraints (the family was growing – two younger sisters). He started a barbershop quartet and shortly thereafter was directing the local chorus. Again our home was always filled with music.

The huge change in music was coming. By the mid 1950′s the teenagers were becoming restless, looking for something they could call their own. Big Band was old school. It wasn’t for them. This Rock’N’ Roll gave the young crowd what they desired, including myself. My appreciation grew with the introduction of this new sound.

As the years passed by I had the great fortune of seeing some of the acts in concert. One of the first was The Beach Boys. Followed by Brian Hyland and The Four Seasons. One of the greatest thrills I had was on August 15, 1965 at Shea Stadium seeing The Beatles. The loud speakers of the day weren’t too great, along with the screaming girls. But it was still a hell of an experience! I caught James Brown’s act at The Latin Casino. What a fantastic show. A few other memorable concerts were: Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, Neil Diamond, Chicago, Friends of Distinction, Sonny & Cher, The Box Tops, Billy Harner, Joe Cocker and a few more. Still, there were many I would have liked to see, but.

By this time I was married and the family was growing quickly. We have two girls and two boys,  six granddaughters, one grandson and one great-grandson. From A Cappella, Doo Wop, Surfing Tunes, Soul Music, The British Invasion, Motown, etc. The list is endless. What a fantastic period of creativity and genius in music that spanned those years. Will it ever be equalled or eclipsed? I’m glad I was here to enjoy it!!

Finally, my desire is to share information that contributed to helped to shape the music of this time period. If anyone has any topics, contributions or corrections to any of the blogs, don’t hesitate to contact me, either by the RSS connection or wjgDOT1947ATcomcastDOTnet.

ThankYou, Bill Gross