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Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades: Volume 1

By Robert Zucker, publisher Entertainment Magazine

The 3-volume compilation, "Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades," revives 50 years of Tucson local entertainment with articles, interviews and stories about the over 2,000 musicians and entertainers who performed in Tucson nightclubs and venues.

The first volume of this series, published by EMOL.org, covers the years from 1950 through 1985, is now available on Amazon.com. The next volume covers the years 1986 through early 2000s.A Nostalgic look at Tucson from the 1950s through 1985

Read sample articles republished in the first volume. New pages are being added. When the second volume is ready, those pages will also be featured on this site. Enjoy!

Book Index

Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Index

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Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades: Volume 1: 1950s through 1985 is available on Amazon.com at a discount. To purchase locally, in Tucson, from Mostly Books, Summit Hut , Oralce inn and other Southern Arizona locations.

Tucson Entertainment by Year


The newest fad– customizing cars in California– set the pace for a few local car clubs. Tucson’s “Banshees” beamed proudly with vehicles sporting fender skirts, flipper hubcaps and continental kits. Kids sure wanted to be 16 in a hurry to cruise about– even in an Edsel! Vroom! But, kids just rode their bikes and settled for a “transistor” sister radio hanging from the handlebars listening to KTKT-990 AM  – Tucson’s top rock and roll radio station.


Cruising Speedway (let’s make that speeding Cruiseway) was just as popular then as nowadays. We had our car radios pegged to KTKT-99 AM and KFIF-1550 AM, rocking all the way. The gang made the big circuitous route around town which included: Frank Kalil’s Teen Town on the north side, the HIHO Club on the east, and Sunset Rollerama on the south central side, near the Cactus Drive-In Theatre. They were all non-alcoholic clubs for teens back then. We cruised the four Johnnie’s Burger Shoppes and, when inside, pumped nickels in the mini-table jukeboxes. Brushing aside the glossy gossamers off mind’s memory, one recalls rising for high school to the radio alarm clock and the Guy Williams program of the city flagship rocker station KTKT.





Comments by Mike Hamilton, Entertainment Magazine

Original Entertainment Magazine Video 1991

Entertain Tucson

1985: Street Pajama

Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades:
Volume One 1950s through 1985

ISBN-13: 978-1-939050-06-9
ISBN: 19390500065

2014 © Southwest Alternatives Institute, Inc.
2014 © Entertainment Magazine and BZB Publishing, Inc., Robert Zucker.
2014 © Newsreal, Jonathan L.

Author Robert Edward Zucker published several Tucson, Arizona-based tabloid newspapers– Youth Alternatives, Youth Awareness Press, Tucson Teen, The Magazine and Entertainment Magazine.

All rights are reserved. These are the compiled works of contributed materials from writers and photographers previously published in the Tucson Teen, Magazine, Entertainment Magazine and Newsreal newspapers, and from Entertainment Magazine On Line (EMOL.org). No part of the material protected by this copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the publisher.

Permission is granted to use quotes and cite references to the contents in this book with proper credit noted: “Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades,” © 2014 Entertainment Magazine.”

First Edition: 2014

Tucson Entertainers Across the Decades

Statesboro Blues Band

Statesboro Blues Band

Dean Armstrong and Billy Burkes

1991: Dean Armstrong and Billy Burkes

Neon Prophet

1994: Neon Prophet

Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades Contact

Robert Zucker, publisher

Published by BZB Publishing, Inc. P.O. Box 91317, Tucson, Arizona 85752

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