Venerable Rockin Hollywoods to bring 50’s, 60’s fare to Riverfront series

The Rockin Hollywoods will perform in Elk River on Thursday evening, July 19.


by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

When the “American Graffiti” movie came out in 1973 immortalizing cars and music of the previous two decades, an explosion of ’50s and ’60s bands  around the country followed.

One of them, perhaps the most enduring, was Minnesota’s own “Rockin’ Hollywoods,” still going strong, although slowed down a little.

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” said founder and frontman Steve (Rimshot) Ghizoni in a 2010 Star Tribune article, noting that the band was doing 70 or 80 shows a year instead of 200 in its apex. “I need time to recover from them now.”

This venerable fivesome will take you back to the ’50s and ’60s next Thursday, 7 p.m., in downtown Elk River, as the next offering of the free, open-to-the-public Riverfront Concert Series, sponsored by The Bank of Elk River.

The Rockin’ Hollywoods actually started in 1971 but morphed the retro-rock way in 1973 after the popularity of “American Graffiti.”

Their long playlist includes such 1950s fare as “All I Have to Do is Dream,” “At the Hop,”  “Jailhouse Rock” and such 1960s standards as “Barbara Ann,” “Higher and Higher” and “Wooly Bully,” along with hits from the 1970s such as “Sweet Caroline” and “Suspicious Minds” and 1980s such as “YMCA” and “Margaritaville.”