Goodwin Library lower level
“Your Hit Parade” aired on radio and then on television from 1935 to 1959. The weekly Saturday-night show set the standard for American popular music. Knickerbocker will outline the show’s history as a “tastemaker” featuring songs inspired by the Great Depression and on through the advent of rock ‘n’ roll. And, he’ll explore the show’s relationship with sponsor American Tobacco and Lucky Strike cigarettes. The audience will get to listen to excerpts from Hit Parade songs and musicians, from one-hit wonders to classic songs familiar today.
Calvin Knickerbocker is an independent scholar who has developed and taught courses on American musical history — from big bands, to folk music and to the music of Broadway - and he has taught at RISE, Nashua’s Rivier Institute for Senior Education, since 1999.
Presentation sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Your Hit Parade — 25 Years Presenting America’s Top Popular Songs on the NH Humanities Council Website