8. Doo-wop and rock

The largest concentration of mid-century architecture in the U.S. is in the Wildwoods -- featuring the vibrant "doo-wop" style, including exotic themes, kitschy signs, and jutting rooflines popularized in the 1950s and '60s in films featuring <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001829" title="Annette Funicello" href="/topic/entertainment/music/annette-funicello-PECLB001829.topic">Annette Funicello</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000279" title="Frankie Avalon" href="/topic/entertainment/music/frankie-avalon-PECLB000279.topic">Frankie Avalon</a>. But <a href="http://www.doowopusa.org"target="new">doo-wop</a> isn’t he only pop culture here. The song "Rock Around The Clock" was first performed by Bill Haley on the stage of Wildwood's Hot Brau Hotel on May 29, 1954. It quickly topped the charts and is credited with bringing rock 'n' roll into mainstream culture.

( Handout / May 17, 2012 )

The largest concentration of mid-century architecture in the U.S. is in the Wildwoods -- featuring the vibrant "doo-wop" style, including exotic themes, kitschy signs, and jutting rooflines popularized in the 1950s and '60s in films featuring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. But doo-wop isn’t he only pop culture here. The song "Rock Around The Clock" was first performed by Bill Haley on the stage of Wildwood's Hot Brau Hotel on May 29, 1954. It quickly topped the charts and is credited with bringing rock 'n' roll into mainstream culture.

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