60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll
In 2004 "The Rock-A-Ways" were placed in "The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame" in Cleveland, Ohio.
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The founder and lead singer of the Rock-A-Ways, Richard Vaculig aka Ricky Vac, launched the group in the fall of 1953.
The Rock-A-Ways were Cleveland's first Rock 'n' Roll band. They were also the first integrated rock group consisting of five white musicians and one black guitarist. The Rock-A-Ways are also said to have recorded Cleveland's first original Rock 'n' Roll record.
In the early 50's in Cleveland, Ohio, disc jockey Alan Freed popularized the term Rock-N'-Roll and a new form of music was born. At that time it was slow to gain acceptance and just had a cult following. Then in the summer of 1955 a movie came out called "Blackboard Jungle". That movie's theme song was "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & The Comets. This one song changed things almost overnight.
The Rock-A-Ways consisted of Paul Ticherich on piano, Jimmy Gillihan, drummer, John Magyar, guitar, Tommy Eisan, guitar, the groups black guitarist Jimmy Harris, and Ricky Vac. As Rock 'n' Roll music caught on, the Rock-A-Ways performed their original tunes along with other popular tunes of the day. The Rock-A-Ways performed on local and national radio and TV; one such national TV show was the "Danny Thomas Muscular Dystrophy Campaign" in which the Rock-A-Ways performed their latest record of that time-"Colleen".Ricky Vac << Go here to see Audio & video > Go here to buy CD or BOOK
From out of nowhere came artists like Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry lee Lewis, and many others. Rock-N'-Roll had officially arrived.
The founder and lead singer of the Rock-A-Ways, Richard Vaculig aka Ricky Vac,