Discover The Roots Of Rock


"We're gonna rock, around the clock tonight."

If you know that lyric from Bill Haley and the Comets, you are sure to enjoy an upcoming program at Payson's Gila Community College: "The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll." Instructor Ray Baxter will share his incredible collection of records and CDs, which he began collecting in the 1950s.

For 14 years Baxter was the president and then treasurer of the Doo-Wop Society of Southern California, and is now a member of the Record Collectors of Arizona, a group of rock 'n' roll aficionados.

Discover the musical influences that spawned the teen idols, duos and street corner vocal groups of the '50s.

Original 45 rpm and 78 rpm records will be played in addition to viewing rare video clips, pictures and books about the performers of this era.

Come and enjoy while you listen, learn and talk about the bygone era.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 6 and Sept. 13 at Gila Community College. The cost is $15 for both days.

To register, go directly to the Gila Community College, Payson Campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or log on to

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