A couple of years back, we ran this story about Alan Price, host of Alan's Golden Oldies, a White Settlement-based Internet oldies show (you might even say station) that features songs from the '50s through the '70s, many of which don't get airplay on traditional radio very much anymore.
Within the story, there's some background about Price beginning his DJ days in 1971 by spinning vinyl at the Carswell Air Force Base Officer's Club. He did radio gigs as well, but he ask ran Alan's Club, a now-defunct classics-dance club in west Fort Worth that lasted into the '90s.
Price hopes to bring that club atmosphere back this Saturday with a sock hop that begins at The Score Sports Bar, 7709 Camp Bowie Boulevard West in Fort Worth. The sock hop begins at 8:30 p.m.; it will be preceded by a classic-car show from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Score.
"The car show is just 'show off your classic car,' " Price says. "It's not winning any trophies or anything. We're just asking people from 6 to 8 to bring their cars and show 'em all off, and then at 8:30, we're asking them to dress up in '50s and '60s clothing, and we'll have a dance inside the Score."
Price says that this will be, more or less, a rejuvenation of the old Alan's Club -- and that a lot of people who went there are already planning to be at Saturday night's event. There's no charge if you arrive before 8; after 8 p.m., it's a mere three bucks.
Price will lean heavily on '50s and '60s music for the sock hop. "That's the way I started it at Carswell," he says. "I'll do the shows like I used to. I'm an entertainment-type disc jockey. I don't just play records. I'll mingle with the crowd. I have my own guitar and I'll do some songs."
According to Price, the Score wanted to do something involving rock nostalgia -- and he doesn't believe that anyone's doing this kind of dance anymore. He says it's possible that it could turn into a monthly event or even a little more frequently, but the future for the sock hops is still to be determined.
"I know I'm not going to be doing it every night," he says with a laugh. "I'm 67 years old. I'm not back in my 30s, where I could do it all the time."
In September, Price will travel to North Carolina to be master of ceremonies at a live show featuring The Dovells, and former teen idol Jimmy Clanton. The Dovells will also make an appearance on his radio show next week.
Alan's Golden Oldies airs live from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday here, when it's not live, the site runs a variety of specialty shows. For updates, follow the show on Facebook. And, because I'm always up for an excuse to post a clip, here's the Dovells' Bristol Stomp.