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Notes for Georgie Woods's Rock 'n Roll Show

[vi] Philadelphia deejay Georgie Woods used “rock and roll” to describe the artists who performed at his concerts and the music he played on his radio show. While this music can also be described at rhythm and blues, throughout this chapter I use rock and roll because it was the term preferred by Woods and the common term used by the Philadelphia Tribune. For example, see Georgie Woods, “Rock and Roll with Georgie Woods,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 25, 1955; “The George Woods Rock ‘N Roll Show,” Philadelphia Tribune, April 23, 1955; “Rock ‘N Roll,” Philadelphia Tribune, July 30, 1955.
[vii] James Spady, Georgie Woods: I’m Only a Man (Philadelphia: Snack-Pac Book Division, 1992), 15-19, 40-41; Chris Perry, III, “Leading Philly D-J’s Writing for Tribune,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 22, 1955.
[viii] Georgie Woods, “Rock and Roll with Georgie Woods,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 25, 1955.
[ix] “The George Woods Rock ‘N Roll Show,” Philadelphia Tribune, April 23, 1955; “In Person George Woods Rock ‘N Roll,” Philadelphia Tribune, October 8, 1955; Archie Miller, “Fun and Thrills in Philly,” Philadelphia Tribune, November 29, 1955; “Big Rock and Roll Show at Mastbaum,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 10, 1955; “All New Rock ‘N Roll Show,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 13, 1955.
[x] John Albert, “Georgie Woods’ ‘Rock and Roll Show’ Draws 5,000 At Academy,” Philadelphia Tribune, October 18, 1955.
[xi] “Mystery Shrouds Rift Between DeeJay George Woods and WHAT,” Philadelphia Tribune, October 15, 1955; “‘King’ Woods on New Throne,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 14, 1956.
[xii] “Georgie Woods Takes Over Top Spot at Station WDAS,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 24, 1956.
[xiii] Spady, Georgie Woods, 94-95.
[xiv] Quoted in John Roberts, From Hucklebuck to Hip-Hop: Social Dance in the African American Community in Philadelphia (Philadelphia: Odunde Inc., 1995), 46-47.
[xv] Guthrie Ramsey, Jr., Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003), 4. On dance spaces in Philadelphia, see Benita Brown, “‘Boppin’ at Miss Mattie’s Place’: African-American Grassroots Dance Culture in North Philadelphia From the Speakeasy to the Uptown Theater During the 1960s” (Ph.D. diss, Temple University, 1999).
[xvi] “Teen-Agers Welcome Disc Jockeys,” Philadelphia Tribune, October 12, 1954.
[xvii] “Crediting the Philadelphia Tribune [Re-Vels picture],” Philadelphia Tribune, August 2, 1955; “Smiles of Appreciation [Re-Vels picture],” Philadelphia Tribune, May 19, 1956; Art Peters, “Huge Crowd Sees Talent Contest at Allen Homes Auditorium,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 14, 1957; “Guest Artists,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 17, 1957; “If You’re Confused,” Philadelphia Tribune, June 7, 1958; Dolores Lewis, “Philly Date Line,” Philadelphia Tribune, October 4, 1958.
[xviii] McDougal interview.
[xix] Anthony Gribin and Matthew Schiff, Doo-Wop: The Forgotten Third of Rock ‘N Roll (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1992)
[xx] On the development of vocal harmony groups, see Stuart Goosman, Group Harmony: The Black Urban Roots of Rhythm & Blues (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2005); Robert Pruter, Doowop: The Chicago Scene (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996); Philip Groia, They All Sang on the Corner: A Second Look at New York City’s Rhythm and Blues Vocal Groups (New York: Phillie Dee Enterprises, 1983); Montague, Burn Baby! BURN!, 67.
[xxi] On the Philadelphia Tribune’s coverage of local singing groups, see “Appearing in Tribune Home Show [Guytones picture]” Philadelphia Tribune, May 22, 1956; “Quintet Hailed by Rock and Roll Fans,” Philadelphia Tribune, June 9, 1956; “Winners of Talent Show [The Satellites photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, March 19, 1957; “Dynatones,” Philadelphia Tribune, September 11, 1956; “Teen-Age ‘Superiors’ Debut on M.T. Show,” Philadelphia Tribune, November 19, 1957; Laurine Blackson, “Penny Sez,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 3, 1957; Art Peters, “Rosen Homes Teenage Vocal Group Gets Recording Contract,” December 21, 1957; “Lee Andrews and the Hearts [photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, April 19, 1958; Gil Zimmerman, “Person to Person,” Philadelphia Tribune, May 3, 1958; “Lee Andrews and the Hearts [photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, June 7, 1958; “Fast Rising Vocal Group [The Five Sounds photo]” Philadelphia Tribune, February 10, 1959; “The Decisions,” Philadelphia Tribune, May 5, 1959; “Their Big Day [Dee Jays photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, January 12, 1960; Malcolm Poindexter, “Local Vocal Group Sets Their Sights on Stardom,” Philadelphia Tribune, November 15, 1960; “‘The Presidentials’ Set Sights on Instrumentals and Vocal Success,” Philadelphia Tribune, November 29, 1960; “The Da’prees [photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, March 25, 1961; “Chirpers [Joyettes photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, April 2, 1963; “Big Sound [The Supremes photo]” Philadelphia Tribune, April 6, 1963; “The Exceptions,” Philadelphia Tribune, June 16, 1964; “Members of one of Philly’s Swingingest Young Groups [Bobby and the Lovetones photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, June 23, 1964.
[xxii] On the recreation activities sponsored by black community centers and religious institutions, see V.P. Franklin, “Operation Street Corner: The Wharton Centre and the Juvenile Gang Problem in Philadelphia,” in W.E.B. DuBois, Race, and the City: The Philadelphia Negro and its Legacy, ed. Michael Katz and Thomas Sugrue (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998), 195-215; “Sigma Iota Gamma Sorority [photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, November 9, 1957; Theordore Graham, “300 Youths Enjoying St. Matthew’s Program,” Philadelphia Tribune, November 16, 1957; Muriel Bonner, “St. Monica’s Teens Have Active Program,” Philadelphia Tribune, November 23, 1957; Graham, “300 Youths, Adults Hail Program at Zion Church,” Philadelphia Tribune, November 30, 1957; Graham, “Youth Recreation Haven at Tasker Street Church,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 3, 1957; Graham, “Program of St. Charles Parish Asset to Youths,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 10, 1957; Graham, “Zion Community Center Meeting Youth Challenge,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 21, 1957; Graham, “Wharton Center Program Has Aided Over 55,000,” Philadelphia Tribune, December 21, 1957; “Rho Phi Omega Fraternity [photo],” Philadelphia Tribune, December 31, 1957; Jack Saunders, “I Love a Parade,” Philadelphia Tribune, January 14, 1958; Charles Layne, “St. Rita’s Rock n’ Roll Revival a Real Swingeroo,” Philadelphia Tribune, September 26, 1961.
[xxiii] McDougal interview.
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