“Your Hit Parade” comes to Sunapee on April 23

“Your Hit Parade — 25 Years Presenting America’s Top Popular Songs” with Calvin Knickerbocker plays at the Sunapee Seniors on Monday, April 23. The program, co-presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, starts at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, and you’re invited!

“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.

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. In conjunction with the Humanities Council, he travels the state presenting similarly themed programs., and he has taught at RISE, Nashua’s Rivier Institute for Senior Education, since 1999.

For more information about Sunapee Seniors, contact President Joe Internicola, 603-763-1048 or joeinternicola@gmail.com.

Below: No. 2 on the “Your Hit Parade”  list for May 7, 1955: Dorothy Collins sings “Unchained Melody.”

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