This weekend marks the 57th anniversary of the “birth of rock and roll,” according to Wildwood folklore.
Two of those hotels, the Caribbean Motel in Wildwood Crest and the Chateau Bleu in North Wildwood, are on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2006, Wildwood’s Doo-Wop hotels were placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual Eleven Most Endangered List.
Every year, Wildwood enjoys its status as the “birthplace of rock n roll” by hosting the Fabulous ’50s Weekend in October, as well as numerous ’50s- and ’60s-era music concerts throughout the summer.
Editor’s note: For the record, Cleveland also claims to be the birthplace of rock n roll (Alan Freed reportedly coined that phrase there in 1951), Rolling Stone has declared Hattiesburg, MS as the birthplace of rock n roll (claiming that the Mississippi Jook Band recorded two rock and roll songs there in 1936), and Memphis wants to be the official birthplace of rock n roll (because it is home to Sun Studio, where Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others recorded their music).