Making your memories with rock & roll and doo-wop

The Music and Artists of the 1950s and Early 1960s


Making your memories with rock & roll and doo-wop

The Music and Artists of the 1950s and Early 1960s


About the Book

Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo-Wop: The Music and Artists of the 1950s and Early 1960s digs back through the catalogue of popular music and brings to life the solo artists, duos, and groups whose music once filled the airwaves and turntables with rock & roll and doo-wop. The Doctor of Doo-Wop, J.C. De Ladurantey, brings his expertise, honed by hosting a weekly radio show, “Making Your Memories,” to his revelation of the backstories of these trendsetting artists. 

Until the British Invasion in mid 1963 changed the direction of American music, the sounds created by the artists profiled in Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo-Wop shaped the entertainment soundtrack of a generation. This music history shares the little-known details of the lives of these artists, the history of the period, the distinctiveness of the music, and the power and influence of the songs’ lyrics. 

Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo-Wop: The Music and Artists of the 1950s and Early 1960s will leave echoes of the time’s memorable songs in your mind’s ear and their lyrics on the tip of your tongue. You’ll discover a fresh desire to find the recordings and give them another “spin” on your “record player,” even if your digital music lives in the cloud. 


About the Author

The Doctor of Doo-Wop

About the Author

The Doctor of Doo-Wop

J.C. De Ladurantey

Dr. Joseph C. De Ladurantey is a retired Chief of Police for the City of Irwindale, California. He has also served as the Chief of Police of Torrance, California, served as the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and 27 years with the Los Angeles Police Department achieving the rank of Captain. With over 40 years in law enforcement he brings a broad scope experience and administrative insight into the academic environment as well as any organization desirous of upgrading their standards and enhancing their level of professionalism.

He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration in the Graduate School of Public Administration at Cal State College, Northridge for over 20 years, teaching courses in Public Policy, Organizational Theory and Human Behavior, Strategic Management, Human Resources Management and Public Administration and its Environment. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Los Angeles, Rio Hondo College, The University of Southern California, Cal Poly Pomona and a guest lecturer at the University of La Verne.

He is President of JCD & Associates, Inc. specializing in consultation to state and local agencies and the private sector on Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, managing change, employee motivation, leadership and supervisory development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Cal State Long Beach and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He received a doctoral degree in Public Administration and Public Management at the University of La Verne. His doctoral dissertation: “Creating Public Value Through Collaboration” has been published and portions of the manuscript have been adopted for separate publication in several professional journals. He has been recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) and presented papers at their annual conference. He has published two textbooks, written several articles for professional  publications and is in possession of too many unfinished manuscripts for other books. He recently published his first crime novel, “Cowards, Crooks, and Warriors.”

Since 2011 he has hosted a radio show “Making Your Memories” on Orange County radio station KSBR, 88.5 FM specializing in Rock & Roll and Doo Wop music of the 1950’s and early 60’s.

He resides with his wife Sandra in San Juan Capistrano, California.




Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo-Wop

The Music and Artists of the 1950s and Early 1960s

Reviewed by Patty Comeau
April 15, 2016

Making Your Memories is a time capsule and a kindhearted gift, encouraging the making of new memories by music lovers of the past, present, and future.

In Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo-Wop, J. C. De Ladurantey compiles an easily digestible and joy-infused series of thematic reminiscences that prompt readers to rediscover the artists and culture of early rock-and-roll.

The author and his on-air personality, “The Doctor of Doo Wop,” are proud products of the the post-WWII era, a time of American prosperity when teens had an increasing market share in a new industry of recorded, rather than live, music. Here, each hit single, Billboard mainstay, and local gem is afforded an intrinsic value, celebrated for helping to form memories made to last.

This volume shows that people like De Ladurantey were shaped by the new ways that artists captured feelings, fleeting moments, and deeply felt human experiences. Such identities are shown to be genuine, entwined irreversibly with American patriotism, a rapidly evolving music recording industry, the rise of television, and a wholesome perspective on young love and dating.

Although some might be wary of the book’s deliberate and open avoidance of criticism related to the era’s racial and economic problems, De Ladurantey’s relentless positivity is part of his personality, and he provides a wealth of references in which interested readers may seek a deeper analysis. As he makes clear, the point of Making Your Memories is to reexperience, with fondness and reverence, a soundtrack to what feels to him like a simpler time.

With this in mind, the volume is lovingly compiled; each chapter contains lists of song titles, evocative lyrical snippets, or casts of characters whose very existences may have been, for some, locked up in memory banks for decades. Each one is pulled back into the sunshine, celebrated, and cherished for its impact.

These lists also make for interesting follow-up potential, creating possibilities for endless playlists and giving record collectors renewed reasons to dust off their 45s and turn up the hi-fi. The author’s passion for the songs and sounds of the ‘50s translates well to the page, and it’s easy to imagine De Ladurantey’s voice coming over the airwaves to introduce another classic.

True music lovers will enjoy the multiple angles from which “the Doctor” approaches his subject, like using musical analysis, breaking down some of the common themes found in popular group names, focusing on duos or groups who used a great many “nonsense words” (“sho u bop ba daaaaaa”), and the like. The tone is conversational, and De Ladurantey closes many chapters with an engaging question for his readers.

Making Your Memories is both time capsule and baton, a heartfelt tribute and kindhearted gift, encouraging the making of new memories by music lovers of the past, present, and future.

Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book and paid a small fee to have his/her book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Foreword Reviews and Clarion Review make no guarantee that the author will receive a positive review. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The subtitle to J.C. De Ladurantey’s engaging book explains the content succinctly: The Music and Artists of the 1950s and Early 1960s. De Ladurantey, who has trademarked his nickname “The Doctor of Doo-Wop,” is an oldies DJ and concert promoter in Southern California who is finally living his dream: playing the music of his youth, after a lifetime of just being a fan. 

De Ladurantey is not a music critic and says so upfront. He’s not writing an academic treatise about the roots of rock or the social impact of the music on his generation. The book is a celebration of his nostalgia, and the nostalgia of others who grew up with the first wave of pre-Beatles Top 40. Delivered in an oversized, coffee-table book format, it captures fleeting thoughts, favorite moments, bits of lyrics and bars of melody. The author presents lists—lots of lists—throughout: best fast and slow dance songs, most romantic songs, best falsettos, the qualities for evaluating a great song, artists who’ve died... and, well, you get the idea. 

The book is a celebration of his nostalgia, and the nostalgia of others who grew up with the first wave of pre-Beatles Top 40.

Along the way, he squeezes in trivia and historical factoids. In the chapter titled “The Name Game,” for example, he lists the real names of the stars of the era. Johnny Otis is so much hipper than Liannis Alexandres Veliotes. 

If there’s a weakness here, it’s De Ladurantey’s self-promotion. The book's title is his radio show, and he mentions it often, and most of the photos show him posing with the oldies stars he presents in shows. Publicity shots of the artists in their prime would be more compelling. 

But that’s a small gripe if you identify with the burning drive that led De Ladurantey on his late career of doo-wop discovery: He writes about exploring record stores in his youth and even today, and says, “I would purchase an entire album just for the one song that brought back that memory.” If you’ve done the same, you’ll appreciate this book.

- Blue Ink Review



Making Your Memories

Sunday nights at 10PM on KSBR 88.5 FM for the best in Jazz and the very best in Oldies or listen live on www.ksbr.org

Making Your Memories

Sunday nights at 10PM on KSBR 88.5 FM for the best in Jazz and the very best in Oldies or listen live on www.ksbr.org

Making Your Memories focuses on the music of the 50’s, 60’s and Doo Wop. We do not just play the music but talk about the artists. Live interviews with those still performing. It is an opportunity to reflect on a simpler time when music was in the fabric of our lives. From street corner to recording studio we find the groups and artists and songs that tap into your memories. From the generation that invented collections and a love of vinyl, nothing can change a memory. It was a time when music had meaning with simple lyrics, innocent emotion, sadness and tenderness. It is music by streetlight that provides us a time to shed the years…and ask yourself “What does this song remind you of?” Yes, the memories are in the music.

Special Request line: 949-582 –KSBR (5727) 

To listen live, visit ksbr

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During the months of April, May and June we surveyed our listeners to find out their favorite 50’s and early 60’s songs and artists. Wow! We received over 200 entries from a number of listeners and began compiling, counting and defining the artists and songs. On June 26 we premiered the first of the listings, roughly from #65 to #36. Below is a list of those songs along with the artist who performed them. Do not include the Special Requests as those were played at the request of several of our listeners.

On July 3, 2016 we will unveil the top 35 songs as identified by our listeners. Listen in at KSBR FM 88.5 or www.ksbr.org and hit Listen Live!  



“OC’s Favorites”

June 26, 2016



All Summer Long, Beach Boys

Take Good Care of My Baby, Frankie Vali

Puppy Love, Paul Anka

1)        Papa Oom Mow Mow, Rivingtons

2)        Love Potion #9, Clovers

3)        Broken Hearted Melody, Sarah Vaughn

4)        Searchin, Coasters

5)        Harlem Nocturne, Viscounts

6)        Duke of Earl, Gene Chandler

7)        Do You Love Me, Contours

8)        At The Hop, Danny & Jrs

9)        Teenager in Love, Dion & Belmonts

10)    Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin

11)    Town without Pity, Gene Pitney

12)    Take Good Care of My Baby, Bobby Vee

13)    Denise, Randy & Rainbows

14)    There Goes My Baby, Drifters

15)    My Special Angel, Vogues

16)    Bye Bye Baby Good Bye, Frankie Vali & 4 Seasons

17)    What a Difference a Day Makes, Dinah Washington

18)    What Time Is It?, Jive 5

19)    Don’t Worry Baby, Beach Boys

20)    Harbor Lights, Platters

21)    Till, Angels

22)    Look in My Eyes, Chantels

23)    Angel Baby, Rosie & Originals

24)    My Own True Love, Duprees

25)    When You Wish Upon a Star, Dion & Belmonts

26)    You Are My Destiny, Paul Anka

27)    Can’t Stop Loving You, Ray Charles

28)    Night, Jackie Wilson

29)    Daddy’s Home, Shep & Limelites

30)    Since I Don’t Have You, Skyliners


Book Signings

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33841 Niguel Road
Dana Point, CA 92629

Friday, May 20, 2016 | 1 PM




Oct 4, 2015 | 1:30 - 5:30 PM


Jan 17, 2015 | 2:30 - 4:30 PM


Contact Me

Contact Me

J. C. De Ladurantey ("Joe D, The Doctor of Doo Wop")


Mailing Address
JCD 31103 Rancho Viejo Rd #2308
San Juan Capistrano, Ca. 92675

KSBR Special Request Line
949-582-5727 (582-KSBR)