The sock hop was an informal sponsored dance event 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 at a sock hop was usually played from vinyl 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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Keyser Mineral Daily News Tribune
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:15:00 -0700
CUMBERLAND - Appalachian Mountain of Hope will be sponsoring a benefit dance “sock hop” on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Rock of Ages Restaurant & Christian Nightclub, Virginia Avenue, Cumberland. DJ Luke Dogg will be playing ...
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:11:15 -0700
Take a trip back to the carefree days of poodle skirts and saddle shoes during the Davidson County Department of Senior Services' Senior Dynamics program's first Sock Hop from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Thomasville Senior Center, 211 W. Colonial Drive.
Mississippi Press (blog)
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:26:15 -0700
OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Classic car lovers, sock hop enthusiasts, and everyone who loves fun are invited to the Sock Hop Oldies Concert and Classic Car Show at the In Time Out Sports Bar to benefit the Ocean Springs Mega Reunion and people in ...
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:41:15 -0700
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -. Traffic across the Coast has been bumper-to-bumper since this year's Cruisin' the Coast events began. Friday night, cars and people filed into downtown Ocean Springs for the city's annual Sock Hop and Street Party.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:11:15 -0700
Sock Hop survives weather threat. Buy this photo. Jeff Lavender | Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:42 pm. "Elvis" Mayor Pratt and his lady Missi Pratt are enjoying the Sock Hop with City Councilman Gary and wife Peggy Stork, City Councilwoman ...
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:50:50 -0700
In honor of Bruce Ammerman, Wyoming Interventional Pain Management is hosting the 1st Annual Sock Hop Benefit and chili dinner October 10th at the American Legion. Bruce has a rare form of stage 4 cancer and cannot return to work. In fear of losing ...
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:52:30 -0700
The Gulfport Senior Center Foundation and Roger Bell, Association Manager of Town Shores, present the Monster Mash Sock Hop. This event will be held on October 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd S. There will be music, ...
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:07:30 -0700
Automobile and dance enthusiasts can unite for a full evening of activity at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 499 in Moundsville today as the Rumblers Car Club presents a Car and Bike Show followed by a classic Sock-Hop Dance, with the theme "Rockin' with ...
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