Program Details

The Search For the Birth of Rock & Roll - Boca Raton

Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Video Catch-up

Course Description

How did it start? From Count Basie’s boogie woogie, the swagger of Big Mama Thornton and Big Joe Turner, the backbeat of country dance music, and the fervor of old-time gospel, rock and roll exploded onto the world stage in the 1950s. Teens everywhere learned to “Rock Around the Clock,” “Come Go With Me,” “Stay,” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” as Doo-wop filled the air and the beat of Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry filled the dance floor. From Elvis, Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, and Bobby Darin to folk rock and the British Invasion to the present, popular music has channeled rock and roll ever since. Join Rod & the Humdingers for a low-decibel journey through the favorite songs and colorful characters of the Search for the Birth of Rock and Roll.

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald, guitar/vocal, has 14 CDs of his songs, plus three with Big Brass Bed (aka The Humdingers), as heard on WLRN. He performs frequently in South Florida, North America, and Europe and is a lifelong devotee of popular songs. An instructor with FAU Lifelong Learning since 2006, his current series is Music Americana. Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and The Cravens. He’s toured throughout the US and Canada and appears on over a dozen CDs. Brad Keller, piano, has toured with Maynard Ferguson and The Ink Spots, played the Montreux Jazz festival, and written the jazz instruction book used by many county schools. Doug Lindsey, bass, performs with the Mario LaCasse Band and several Palm Beach County groups. Mario LaCasse, lead guitar, playing roots, blues, or jazz, has refined his sound as a member of Misbehavin, Flight, the Mario LaCasse Band, Lowdown 13, and the NattyBos, Groove Merchant band, and Copland Davis.