Did You Know? Check Out Our Fun Facts

We’ve compiled a few fun facts from our favorite era and Malt Shop Memories Cruise 2020 roster. How well do you remember the time that brought us sock hops and these great artists? Join our community and post any fun trivia to our Facebook page. Tag friends, favorite locales you’d visit that have a special place in your heart or even concerts you saw. We welcome any tidbits, pictures and your favorite memories from the days of early rock ‘n’ roll.

The Miracles only started working with Berry Gordy after a failed audition with Brunswick Records.

The Wham-O Toy Company was the first company to mass market their brightly colored plastic Hula Hoop, starting a craze in 1958.

Vee-Jay was Gladys Knight’s first record label and also the label that brought The Beatles to the U.S.

Before forming The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were in a music group called The Paramours.

Phil Spector both wrote and produced the Righteous Brothers hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.”

Jay and the Americans were named by the famous songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller.

Before settling on the group name The Miracles, the original name of the group was the 5 Chimes then The Matadors.

The jitterbug dance is attributed to Cab Calloway and his song “Call the Jitter Bug” produced in 1934. It was still famous into the early ‘60s when it went mainstream.

Trivia is courtesy of Steve Walsh of Hitmaker Trivia who also entertains us onboard with his Trivia sessions.