THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
973-Danny & the Juniors-Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay.
1958-Has never charted in the U.K.
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In 1958 the ‘new fad’ of Rock and Roll was already in danger of disappearing just as quickly as it had arrived. Elvis Presley was in the army, and Little Richard, and Chuck Berry were causing plenty of controversy. This song was a rallying cry that Rock and Roll was now a part of everyday life.
Danny & the Juniors started out life as a ‘Doo-Wop’ group, formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.,in 1955, their frontman Danny Rapp committed suicide at the age of 41, in 1983. Group member David White (1939-2019) had already co-written the bands breakthrough million selling hit ‘At The Hop,’ and this was the follow up, White along with his long term writing partner John Madara, who had discovered Danny & the Juniors, were also responsible for the ‘Feminist Anthem,’ ‘You Don’t Own Me,’ a hit for Lesley Gore, and also Len Barry’s 1965 U.K. Number 1 single ‘1-2-3.’
‘Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay’ is one of the songs featured in the movie ‘Grease’ from 1978, where it was performed by the American group Sha Na Na. The song is also alluded to by Neil Young in his 1979 song ‘My My, Hey Hey,(Out of the Blue,’) where he sings ‘Rock and Roll is here to stay’ in a mocking manner, as he expresses his disillusionment with fame.
‘If you don’t like Rock ‘N’ Roll, think what you’ve been missing.’
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