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The beginning of the decade saw the continuation of the soft and soulful music which dominated in the forties. It was around the same time that a new generation found its voice and the rhythm and blues began to develop. These formed the foundation of the music which was eventually called rock and roll. The rock and roll music managed to combine this with mainstream music and what developed was an entirely new genre. Some of the greatest musicians rose to prominence during this time and the universality of their music caused a new era to develop. It was an era of vivacity and energy and the music composed still continues to charm its way into the hearts of millions.

The major artists whose talents emerged in the 1950's were both rock and roll artists together with those who remained entrenched in their respective genres. In the field of rock and roll, the greatest artists were Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley and his Comets, Carl Perkins and Ray Charles with hits like "Blue Suede Shoes", "jailhouse Rock", "Johnny B. Goode", "Rock around the clock", "What'd I say" and "Bo Diddley". The other major artists who dominated in the fifties were Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Roy Orbison and BB King. These covered the most divergent genres from soft soulful music to western style and the blues.

While rock and roll was at its peak during the time, the other fields continued to develop with artists like Johnny Cash and Nat King Cole. Johnny Cash was a country artist who is considered to be one of the single most influential artists of century. In the hands of Nat "King" Cole, jazz flowed into the mainstream of music and still remains there. His songs like "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young" were composed in the fifties and created a mixture of pop music with the traditional jazz culture. In the Rhythm and Blues (R&B), Ray Charles was the singular master with hits like "the little girl of mine", "Lonely Avenue" and "drown in my own tears". Even in the later decades, he was successful in making a complete transition to pop music and still managed to score some major hits like "Georgia on my mind".



Fascinating Facts 1

Although it is often considered a Rock and Roll anthem, "My Generation" by The Who, only reached # 74 on the U.S. record chart.
At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.
Don Mclean's "American Pie" is the longest #1 hit in Rock history at 8 minutes and 32 seconds.
The first group to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame were The Coasters.
The first Gold Record ever presented was given to The Glen Miller Orchestra in 1942 for "Chattanooga Cho-Cho".
David Lee Roth's 1985 hit "Just A Gigolo", was originally recorded by jazz artist Ted Lewis in 1931.
Ringo Starr's first wife, Maureen Cox, later married Isaac Tigrett, one of the founders of the Hard Rock Cafe chain.
The first week of February could well be called "The week the music died" as all of these artists passed away.
1959 - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash.
1960 - 20 year old Jesse Belvin, who scored a hit with "Goodnight, My Love", died in an auto accident.
1967 - Joe Meek, producer of the Tornadoes hit, "Telstar", killed himself.
1976 - Rudy Pompilli, sax player for Bill Haley's Comets, passes away.
1981 - Rock and Roll pioneer Bill Haley died of a heart attack at the age of 55.
1981 - Hugo Montenegro, who is best remembered for "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly", died of emphysema.
1983 - Karen Carpenter died of heart irregularities caused by anorexia nervosa, just short of her 33rd birthday.
1990 - Del Shannon died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
1998 - 51 year old Carl Wilson, lead guitarist of The Beach Boys, died of lung cancer.
1998 - Falco, who had a hit with "Rock Me Amadeus," is killed in a traffic accident.
In 1963, Johnny Cymbal scored a number sixteen hit with a song called "Mr. Bass Man". After several unsuccessful follow ups, he changed his stage name to "Derek" and re-appeared on the record charts in 1969 with the number eleven hit, "Cinnamon".
In 1965, Ted Nugent heard of a Detroit group who had just broken up called "Amboy Dukes" and started using the name for his new band. "The Amboy Dukes" was actually the name of a novel about gang members and their lifestyle. In later interviews, Nugent said that although many people have given him a copy of the book, he has never actually read it.
The Dave Clark Five's "Glad All Over" was billed by their US label as "the Mersey Sound with a Liverpool beat." In fact, the group came from London.
The first musical guest on TV's "Saturday Night Live" was Janis Ian.
Despite all of the hits that they've had, The Who have never had a number one record in the UK or the US.
More than 2,500 cover versions of The Beatles' "Yesterday" exist, making it the most recorded song in history.
Zager and Evans' 1969 hit, "In the Year 2525" was written in just 30 minutes, but spent 6 weeks on The Hot 100 and sold over 5 million copies.
The Electric Light Orchestra has had twenty Top 40 Hits, but have never had a number one record.

"In August 1983, a marathon celebrating the song "Louie, Louie" was held at KFJC Radio in Los Altos Hills, California. For 63 hours, the station played every known version of the song. At the time of the marathon, there were over 800 documented recordings of the tune. Since that point in time, the number of known recordings has at least doubled, with the last count somewhere around the 1,600 range."
Shock Rocker, Alice Cooper was once elected Homecoming Queen for the University Of Houston.
The Hollies song 'Carrie Anne' was written about Marianne Faithfull, who had a hit of her own with "As Tears Go By".
A one-string African guitar is called a "bo diddley". That’s where bluesman Ellas Bates got his stage name.
Petula Clark's hit, "This Is My Song" was written by movie actor Charlie Chaplin.
James Cobb and Dean Daughtry, members of The Classics IV, who had five Top 30 hits in the late 1960s, including "Spooky" and "Traces Of Love", went on to form The Atlanta Rhythm Section. They would have two Top 10 hits of their own with "So In To You" and "Imaginary Lover" in the mid '70s.
The Tornadoes' hit single "Telstar" was the first UK single to reach Number 1 in the USA on December 22, 1962. This was more than a year before the Fab Four made it to Number 1 in the USA with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on February 1, 1964.
When Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group in the summer of 1967, one of the rejected applicants to be auditioned was a young piano player named Reginald Dwight, who would later launch a solo career, re-naming himself, Elton John.
The first CD pressed in the United States for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."


The fifties painted itself as the innocent years, until rock n roll arrived. Why did these kids of the 1950?s fall in love with rock n? roll music? The music that only identifies with teens and many parents were worried about this music. The kids didn?t want to hear pretty music anymore like Doris Day ?Que Sera, Sera? it was now rock n? roll it was Chuck Berry?s ?Maybellene?. This would be the first generation of teens that didn?t listen to the same music as their parents. It wasn?t like the forties when parents and teens enjoyed the music of Frank Sinatra. Rock n Roll music really begin in the forties, it was just a musical mixture of R& B, jump blues, Chicago blues, swing and country and western. This was what historians state now, but no one really claimed roll n? roll music until Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry came on the music scene in the mid 50s. These are the three I feel that had a strong influence in Rock n? Roll.Best of classic oldies are here.Music of the 50s 60s and Pop.

Rock and Roll music of the 1950s It is said that music is a reflection of times in which it is created. If this is true, then the 1950's music clearly shook the world with its rock and roll. As the affects of the Second World War began to die down, a new energy was infused into the artistic minds of the generation.


The arena was fertile for the birth of a new genre which would change the face of music for all times to come. The advent of rock and roll marked the coming out of a generation which had stood strong through the years and had endured the scathing effects of two world wars. The music was energetic and created a unique niche for itself in musical history. Music is the quintessential melting pot of world culture and ethnicities and the rock and roll style was a culmination of this mélange.

Strains of music from around the globe blended together to mark the commencement of an era which would see legends being born and history being made. Everything from the jazz to the blues and even gospel music were infused together to create one of the most enduring genres of musical history. It was a golden age where musical gods like Elvis Presley ruled the music charts and the hearts of millions around the world. As time passed it became firmly cemented into mainstream music and its dominance continued through the next decade. Elvis Presley was the King.

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