Groovy Prom Songs From The ‘60s And ‘70s

By | December 5, 2018

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Denver Post Archives MAY 11, 1976, MAY 16, 1976 Colored lanterns glimmered softly, music blared invitingly, and East High students in party dress bounced to the 'bump' at Brown Palace ballroom prom Credit: Denver Post, Inc. (Denver Post via Getty Images)

High school proms are and have been an exciting American tradition for many high school students. Typically, proms are exclusively for upper class-men and have historically been considered a rite of passage of sorts. Statistical data collected by Statistical Brain Research Institute has shown that approximately 3 to 5 percent of American teenagers will lose their virginity on prom night if they haven’t already. Planned or not, the numbers don’t lie, folks. This is modern day data not to be confused with proms the way they were initially intended.  

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An Early Prom (Google)

The word, prom, is actually a shorter version of the word, promenade, which is a fancy way to refer to a “public walk.”

The tradition of the high school prom originated in the mid to late 1800s. Universities and colleges in the Northeastern part of the U.S. sponsored these events called promenades to endorse and/or promote the rules of etiquette for young people. Each year’s graduating seniors were encouraged to attend the event and show off their best manners. Each of the attendees was on notice that he/she would be under intense scrutiny to evaluate their social graces.