I was performing recently in Arkansas and met a couple of local musicians who are minor historical figures in rockabilly.
In the course of our jam session and conversations, they told me that one reason rockabilly doesn’t have the nostalgia demand of, say, 1950’s rock, is that it was only big on the charts from about 1955 to 1960 or so.
A major reason, they claimed, was that there was a protest, or boycott, of rockabilly music by the mayor/governor of New York/New Jersey/some town in NJ around 1960, that killed demand for the music. They weren’t sure on the details.
I’m not a rockabilly expert. But I’m fairly well-versed in pop music history, and I had never heard this before.
Can anyone provide more information supporting or refuting this story?