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.
- Sokkie -- a similar idea in South Africa
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My Citizens News
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:52:30 -0700
Slideshow: Sock Hop and Car Show. August 27, 2014 - Multimedia, News, Prospect, Slideshows, Top Stories - Tagged: Prospect, Sock Hop and Car Show - no comments. sockhop18. Prospect hosted its 29th Annual Sock Hop and Car Show on the Town ...
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 ...
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 ...
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:20:40 -0700
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce will hold a '50s Dance Party "Sock Hop" from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 16 at SPJST Lodge No. 172, 3609 Preston Ave. The family event will feature '50s and '60s music, a silent auction, classic car show and prizes, along with hot ...
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:00:33 -0700
Your chance will come Saturday, when you can relive the 1950s with a car show and costumed sock hop dubbed “Rock Around Norco” to celebrate the city's 50th birthday. The city and Bob's Big Boy are co-hosting the event, with a hot car show from 3 to 6 ...
Marietta Daily Journal
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:41:15 -0700
Sprayberry High School will have a Sock Hop on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Quarles Auditorium in the school. Attendees can put on their bobby socks and letter jackets and join the Sprayberry Touchdown Club for an evening of ol' time rock 'n roll with The ...
Tri County Leader
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:11:15 -0700
Put on your poodle skirt or your rolled up jeans and your white dress shirt or your t-shirt with rolled up sleeves or just come casual, but come! Come to TASCA's 50s Sock Hop dance party on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 7-9:30 p.m.. Dance to 50s music, a ...
Mount Airy News
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:52:30 -0700
After hours on the dance floor three couples ended up splitting the $1,000 cash prize being offered by organizers of this year's first-annual dance contest and sock hop. The event, held Saturday at the Mount Airy Elks Lodge, was a fund-raiser ...
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