Dig early '60s music? This series is for you.
Dig early '60s music? This series is for you.

New music series on the horizon

If you like music, especially music from the '60s, Sunset Playhouse has something that sounds interesting, along with a glimpse into the glorious past of great Milwaukee disc jockeys.

Monday, Sept. 17, the Musical Mainstage Series opens with music from 1960 to 64 and four great local singers: Tommy Hahn, Katy Johnson, Rana Roman and Neil Haven.

The music is bound together with a narration written by the talented Susan Loveridge. Normally there is a co-narrator, which is where the memories will really jump and grab you by the throat.

Bob Barry, who presided over Milwaukee radio when rock and roll began, will be the co-narrator.

Barry, who was billed as the fifth Beatle after introducing the famed quartet before its only Milwaukee appearance, was the star at WOKY, which battled WRIT every day for supremacy in the rock battle.

He is a very nice guy who never had the kind of ego we normally associate with on-air disc jockeys. He's a throwback to the days of the golden vocal chords and a mental warehouse of information about the world of music.

There are people around who say that nothing recorded after 1969 is really worth listening to. And there is truth that the music of the '60s has truly stood the test of time. Kids today know the lyrics and can hum along and dance to it.

That's why the Music Mainstage production should be on the calendar of everyone who loves the greatest rock and roll music ever written.

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