Chubby Checker hits the spot

April 9th, 2014 by Ken

I had the opportunity this past weekend to see Chubby Checker perform at the Lucky Eagle Casino.

The man is 72 years old but his performance didn’t seem to show the impact of age.  He sang songs of the early 1960’s – pre-Beatles  and had the audience of nearly 800 up on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the “In the Mood” concert at the Washington Center.  The room was filled with those who enjoyed the Big Band era of the 1940’s, but they were confined to their walkers and wheelchairs.

What the two experiences show to me is that the definition of  “Old”, as it relates to music has changed.

Sirus Radio, the satellite radio station  which broadcasts music of the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and so on has now removed the 1940’s from its play list.   Those who were of age to know the music first hand are now in their late 80’s.

In the meantime, the Baby Boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day.  As they enter the senior ranks their music isn’t the Big Band sound, but – – Rock and Roll – – personified by Chubby Checker.

That’s why oldies Rock and Roll has gained in population and 800 people will go to a casino in Oakville to hear Chubby Checker.

And that’s why those 800 souls enjoyed the music, loved the performance and danced in the aisle.

I think its time that entertainment outlets – – like the Washington Center  – – begin to understand that the new music of  seniors is – – rock and roll.

And, Chubby Checker hits the spot.

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