Saturday, August 04 2012 08:43
It was a year that would come to be known for the British invasion — the Beatles arrived and took America by storm, unleashing a phenomenon that quickly came to be known as Beatlemania.
In April 1964, the Fab Four held the top five positions in the Billboard Top 40, an unprecedented distinction that no other musician or act has since repeated. (In order, they were: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.)
Later that year, the Rolling Stones released their first album in the U.S. They joined Dusty Springfield, the Dave Clark Five, the Animals, Herman's Hermits and others in making a transatlantic musical splash.
"The Motown Sound" was coming into its own, with new superstar acts like Dionne Warwick ("Walk on By"), The Four Tops ("Baby I Need Your Loving"), The Supremes ("Where Did Our Love Go").
And though Billboard's year-end "Hot 100" featured some old-timers like Dean Martin crooning "Everybody Loves Somebody" and Louis Armstrong belting out "Hello Dolly," there was no doubt in 1964 that, as the old (1958) Danny and the Juniors song said, rock and roll was here to stay.
The music became a symbol of an era that changed everything.
So when a group of almuni from the Riverhead High School class of 1964 decided to put on a fundraiser for Hallockville Museum Farm, the music that defined their youth was the natural focal point of the event — and the 60s Rock and Roll Reunion was born.
Tony Trubisz, a longtime Hallockville supporter, conceived the idea. He enlisted the help of classmates Butch Langhorn, Vinny Villella and Barry Barth. The four men were among the five starters for the Riverhead Blue Waves varsity basketball team in 1964. (The fifth, Teddy Jasinksi, is deceased.)
The teammates will be reunited at tonight's event, which takes place at Hallockville beginning at 5 o'clock.
The 60s Rock and Roll Reunion isn't restricted to the Class of '64, or even to Riverhead H.S. alum, Trubisz points out.
"It's open to everyone," Trubisz said. All you need is an appreciation for the music of the era. There will be 60s-era classic cars on display for picture-taking, gourmet food along with a raw bar and barbecue spread by Maple Tree and live music by the 60s rock band, Plan B, which is performing from 7 to 11 p.m..
Langhorn, a longtime member of a popular local band called the Royals, will sing a song or two tonight with the band, he said Friday.
"Hallockville is one of a kind in the northeast," said Trubisz, the only one of the five who moved away from Riverhead. He left in 1968 and lives in Virginia. "It's great to be able to help Hallockville grow and have a good time at the same time," he said.
Trubisz said about 100 tickets for the 60s Rock and Roll Reunion have been sold, but there are still tickets available ($85 per person.) They can be purchased online at Hallockville's website.
Test your knowledge of 1964
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