Before and After the Fab Four
The transition came on rather quickly after the Fab Four arrived – from the close cropped days of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Right into 1963 I was flat top all the way. By the time I finished my freshman year in college my ‘long’ hair was getting me some threatening glances from folks in Fort Collins, Colorado. And by all standards just a few years later my ‘long hair’ would have been considered almost military cut.
The Beatles actually experienced two transitions – first the “mop top” look which sort of changed the world – and then their final days together when seemingly no one could ever obtain too much hair.
I can only imagine what would have happened to me if the Barnum Gang had spotted me back in my neighborhood – yes – Barnum.
There was the time up at a 3.2 watering hole in the mountains west of Denver – at a place called Spinx Park – a bar that is still there today “The Bucksnort Saloon” – when an unruly group of cowboys (real cowboys) wanted to see “how many cowboys does it take to beat a Beatle”.
I could have told them probably only one – but they didn’t want to wait around for some snot nosed – smart ass remark. Luckily I and my two friends escaped unharmed that night when the cowboys paired off with another notorious group – Eddie Duran and his gang from west Denver – and instead of fighting they all decided to head down to the nearby town of Pine where there was a paved road and have a drag race.
(Sophomore Year 1962 – Senior Year 1964 – West High)
My ‘Beatles’ days didn’t last for long – By the time I graduated from college my hair was rapidly heading for Telly Savalas land.
At any rate, here is a glimpse back at some who rode the wave of the times:
Let’s Begin with ‘America’s Oldest Teenager – Dick Clark
Willie Nelson – 1963/1975
Scott Engel (Scott Walker of The Walker Brothers) – 1958/1966
Elvis – 1956/1974
Bobby Goldsboro – 1966/1968
Charlie Rich – 1950’s/1972
Jimi Hendrix – 1950’s/1968
George Jones – 1959/1980
Roy Orbison – 1963/1972
Frankie Valli – 1962/1970’s
Bobby Sherman – 1965/1970
Ricky/Rick Nelson – 1957/1972
Del Shannon – 1961/1966
P J Proby (formerly Jett Powers) – 1958/1966
Johnny Paycheck – 1950’s/1970’s
David Jones – 1965/1967
The Righteous Brothers – 1964/1974
Sylvester Stone – 1961/1968
Johnny Cash – 1957/1976
That brings us to Wayne Cochran…. 1966
who I don’t think ever had a ‘do’ other than this (Wayne composed J. Frank Wilson’s number 2 hit “Last Kiss”.)