A Rock ‘n Roll Holiday by Jacquie RogersDecember 25, 2012
A Rock ‘n Roll Holiday by Jacquie Rogers
The holiday season often brings a bit of nostalgia and for many of us, that revolves around family and all the good times. Do you remember, as a six-year-old, the excitement and anticipation of Christmas? Do you love classic movies—White Christmas, The Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life?
In the spirit of nostalgia, I got to thinking about my parents’ Christmases. What fun it was digging up old songs and the fashions of December, 1956. And that’s how Faery Merry Christmas developed into a story.
Let’s travel back and see what entertained people in 1956 (United States).
The top ten songs in 1956 were:
- Don’t be Cruel, Elvis Presley
- Great Pretender, The Platters
- My Prayer, The Platters
- Wayward Wind, Gogi Grant
- Whatever Will Be, Will Be, Doris Day
- Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
- Lisbon Antigua, Nelson Riddle
- Canadian Sunset, Hugo Winterhalter
- Moonglow/Theme from Picnic, Morris Stoloff
- Honky Tonk, Bill Doggett
In December, the top songs were Love Me Tender by Elvis and Singing the Blues by Guy Mitchel. Christmas songs included Mary’s Boy Child by Harry Belafonte and of course Bing Crosby’s White Christmas was still very popular. Gene Autry’s Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, recorded in 1949, still sold well and in fact, until the 1980s, was the best-selling recording ever.
Popular singers? Besides, Elvis, there was Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dean Martin.
Then there were the cars, and this was the time when we were in the midst of the car culture, where your wheels were the thing. In Faery Merry Christmas, Liam (the hero) drives a pink Metropolitan. This would’ve been a custom paint job because Metropolitans didn’t come in that color, but pink was by far the most popular color for just about anything in 1956. Elvis had a pink Cadillac. Kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures came in pink, Christmas tree lights, couches, clothes, carpets—yep, pink was the prevailing color.
One of the most popular cars of that year was the Chevrolet Bel Air. Liam’s best friend has one of these. My hair guy, Martin DeGrazia, owns one and let me use his car for my story. You can see his cars and other 1956 models on my website (http://www.jacquierogers.com/fmc_1956cars.html).
If you went to the drive-in theater, you might see The King and I starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner, The Searchers with John Wayne and Vera Miles, or Trapeze with Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and Gina Lollobrigida. Other popular movies were Moby Dick, Giant, and The Ten Commandments.
All this is the backdrop for Faery Merry Christmas, where Santa’s daughter is having her own difficulties.
Romance has gone awry in Faeryshire.
Who would’ve thought Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s daughter would be “on the shelf”? Yep, Cheshya’s all a’flutter because her 2,000th birthday, the last day she’s eligible to take a mate, is on Christmas, only four days away, but Liam of the Red Clan, the only man she has ever wanted is otherwise occupied . . .
Terra Humanus in 1956: carhops on roller skates, the submarine races, a pink Nash Metropolitan, Lucky Strikes, Little Richard, and the Shoreline Sharks Baseball Club starring ace pitcher Liam Stone.
For the past five years, Liam of the Red Clan has lived in Terra Humanus, pitching for the Shoreline Sharks and obsessed with signing as a major league pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds. The faery queen sends Cheshya to help him achieve his goal, but in signing with the Reds, will he lose out on his true heart’s desire?
“What faery fun! A winsome sprite’s barely still-ticking time clock. Mayhem in the land of Claus. And the man who could wave just the right magic wand obsessed with baseball. A Christmas story to cuddle up with–and keep you really warm.” Stella Cameron, NYT Best-selling Author
I hope all of you are having Happy Holidays! If you’d like to read a fun, romantic Christmas story, just send an email to jacquierogers @ gmail .com and I’ll send the first five people a Kindle copy of Faery Merry Christmas. Be sure to include the email address you use for Amazon if it’s different than the one you use to send your message.
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