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The sock hop was an informal sponsored dance at American high schools, typically held in the high school's own gym or cafeteria. The term sock hop came about because dancers were required to remove their hard-soled shoes to protect the varnished floor of the gymnasium. These hops were a cultural feature of the 1950s and early rock and roll. The music was usually records, sometimes presented by a disc jockey. Occasionally there were also live bands. Danny and the Juniors sang "At the Hop" in 1957 which named many popular dances and otherwise documented what happened at a hop. The term record hop is generally synonymous with sock hop.

In subsequent decades, with the widespread popularity of sneakers and other types of indoors-only shoes, the practice of removing shoes was dropped and the term began to be applied more generally to any informal high school dance. The term caught on in England in the late 1970s during a British rockabilly revival, led by groups like The Stray Cats. Life Begins at the Hop, a song celebrating 'sock hops' became the first charting single for XTC.

See also[edit]

  • Sokkie -- a similar idea in South Africa

External links[edit]


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Community journal
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:29:45 -0700

These four attendees at last year's Sock Hop on the Star downtown took home the one-of-a-kind 45-rpm record trophies for being the best-dressed people from the 1950s. Winners, from left, were Charlie McIlvaine, “incognito” as best-dressed man; Tanner ...
 
New Bern Sun Journal
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:03:45 -0700

On June 27, of this year, a friend and I heard Uncle Doug doing the Friday night sock hop. We wrote him by U.S. Mail requesting some songs. This friend and I are no doubt his biggest fans when he does the sock hop. Every time he does the show we write ...
 
Manchester Newspapers
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:35:27 -0700

T he area's Baby Boomers, and everyone else for that matter, will be able to step back in time this weekend. The Granville Hook and Ladder Fire Co. will be transformed into a 1950's era dance hall for the company's annual Sock Hop. The event will be ...
 
The Newark Advocate
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:22:30 -0700

The Jammin' Country Sock Hop is sponsored by the Newark chapter of the Ohio Country Western Music Association. For more information or to preregister, call Rhonda at 740-281-4175 or email koalarees@yahoo.com. BEST BET. What: Third annual ...
 
Havelock News
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:30:18 -0700

The Havelock Senior Center has scheduled a Sock Hop for 7 p.m. on Saturday. The event will feature a variety of music from the 1950s and finger foods. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in advance at the center, which is located at 103 Trader Ave., ...
 
nwitimes.com
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:52:30 -0700

The Gary Sportsman Club will host a sock hop Saturday featuring legendary radio personality Dick Biondi. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the 4-H Building inside the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point. There will be a cash bar and food ...
 
Your Houston News
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:11:15 -0700

The “50's Dance Party Sock Hop” was the theme for the first family community event presented by SPJST Lodge #172 at 3609 Preston and supported by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Saturday. The Hall was decorated with a '50's motif ...

Quad-Cities Online

Quad-Cities Online
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:07:30 -0700

Brookstone of Aledo and Advanced Medical Transport are hosting an educational "Sock Hop" for senior service education at Brookstone of Aledo Friday, September 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. Area agencies will be available to assist seniors and their families in ...
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