I didnt believe Howard Baucom when he told me that 45 rpm records were going to replace our 78s, but he certainly was right.
Most of our records were bought at Knights Jukebox Music Store which was on Main Street at the end of the block next to The Soda Shop (another popular after-school hangout).
(Shute Hall was also where the Boy Scouts held their meetings.)At last, when we made it to high school, we were old enough to go to the Teenage Club!
The club was located on Main Street across from the old Post Office where Skyway Drive and the new courthouse are presently located.
Everyone knew the same steps so it was easy to dance with anybody - from Monroe or at the beach with teenagers from other towns.
And then along came Elvis with Hound Dog and his Blue Suede Shoes.
In 1956, Frank Broom and my sister, Gale, saw Elvis Presley perform in Charlotte (she wasnt impressed; I would have been! Chubby Checker and The Twist didnt come out until 1960 when most of us were in college, but it did make quite an impression.
Miss Hamner, impressed by the voices of Les Everett, Johnny Correll, Harold Helms and Lane Ormand (later replaced by Pete Morrison), formed the Rebel Quartet. During our junior and senior years, Raymond Modlin (Moto) was the principal and will certainly remain a person well always remember, though not fondly. Remember the Sadie Hawkins Day dances when the girls could ask the boys for dates?
In their baby blue dinner jackets, blue and white cummerbunds and bow ties, they performed at a convention at the Barringer Hotel in Charlotte (this was BIG time! Heaven forbid that we girls be so forward at any other time!!