May 17, 2012
The largest concentration of mid-century architecture in the U.S. is in the Wildwoods -- featuring the vibrant "doo-wop" style, including exotic themes, kitschy signs, and jutting rooflines popularized in the 1950s and '60s in films featuring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. But doo-wop isnt he only pop culture here. The song "Rock Around The Clock" was first performed by Bill Haley on the stage of Wildwood's Hot Brau Hotel on May 29, 1954. It quickly topped the charts and is credited with bringing rock 'n' roll into mainstream culture.