Rolls and Duck Tails

In the late 1950s Presley combed his hair into a softer, less greasy version of the jelly roll. Soon teenagers everywhere sported T-shirts, jeans, and greaser hair. Boys were not generally supposed to spend much time worrying about their looks, but a comb in the pocket became a necessary part of their wardrobe, since the jelly roll or D.A. required grooming throughout the day.

The new male obsession with hairstyle became the subject of many popular jokes of the time. The 1959 humorous hit song, "Kooky, Kooky, Lend Me Your Comb," by Ed Byrnes and Connie Stevens, was based on a duck-tailed private detective in the television series 77 Sunset Strip (1958—64). One 1959 episode of the popular television show Leave It to Beaver (1957—63) was titled "Wally's Hair Comb" and involved a teenager and his parents' response to a jelly roll fad at school.

1950 Jelly Roll Hairdo

In the late 1950s singer Elvis Presley combed his hair into a softer, less greasy version of the jelly roll. Reproducec of AP/Wide World Photos.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Salamone, Frank. Popular Culture in the Fifties. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2001.

In the late 1950s singer Elvis Presley combed his hair into a softer, less greasy version of the jelly roll. Reproducec of AP/Wide World Photos.

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