Rock 'n Roll and Doo Wop music continued to grow in popularity in the mid 1950s. It was still very early in Rock history but the kids were grabbing onto it and holding on for dear life. New artists and their recordings were coming out weekly. Some of the more popular new artists were Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Fats Domino had a hit with Ain't That a Shame, Chuck Berry had a hit with Maybellene and Little Richard had a hit with Tutti Frutti. Pat Boone had cover hits with all three songs, but every kid I knew wouldn't have been caught dead with the Pat Boone versions. We continued listening to the black radio stations, which to us was the cool music. I loved Fats Domino and Little Richard. I was also a fan of The Platters, Bill Haley and the Comets and Bo Diddley. One of my favorite songs was Death of an Angel by Donald Woods and the Vel Aires.
The Johnny Otis show was a Los Angeles television show featuring, Johnny Otis, a Greek American bandleader with a love of black America. He would feature black musicians playing their hit records on live television. The kids in L.A. would all tune in to the Johnny Otis show to see the musical artists with the latest hits. Johnny Otis and his TV show was a must see for the kids in L.A. He also hosted a radio show.
Adults were becoming more and more concerned about kids listening to this music. I was lucky enough that my Mother and Bob had no objections. They would just look at me curiously and shake their heads in disbelief.