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Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Joan Baez and many other rock artists and bands. Rock and roll was originated in United States in 1940s and 50s. It features an incredible blend of different types of music such as jazz, country music and blues.

The era of 1960s was the time when rock music began gaining popularity. Although the music originated in United States. It was British band the Beatles that defined this genre in its own fashion. The Beatles came into mainstream music bands in the end of 1962. Even though they were from Britain, one can easily figure out the influences of American soul music, surf music and rhythm and blues. There are several songs that hit the #1 spot of Billboard Hot 100. Beatles was the first British band that got top spot in billboard hot 100 charts. One of the most famous song was "I want to hold your hand" that spent 15 weeks on the chart. Till date, Beatles is still has the record of best selling UK's rock and roll band in 1960s.

The British band was creating new rage in US while in next two year other rock and roll bands came into existence. Some of the famous ones are Chad and Jeremy, Manfred Mann and Freddie and the Dreamers. Another band that makes its mark in the field of Rock& Roll is The Rolling Stones. The band is also famous for playing other music genres such as rhythm and blues, blues-rock and rock. Besides playing their own songs they also famous for playing covers of famous songs. One of the most famous cover performed by the Rolling Stone was Chuck Berry's "Come on."

The rolling stone's second single was "I want to be your man" which was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, two leading men of the Beatles. Other famous rock and roll bands from Britain that made their name on the podium of music world in 1960s are the Who, Dave Clark Five and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. By late 1960s, rock and roll saw its decline. Things that pointed towards the end of the rock and roll era are the departure of Elvis for army, prosecutions of Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis and retirement of little Richard to become a preacher. Rise of several girls group singing love ballads become another reason for declination of rock bands. By 1969, backbone of this was l music by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Rolling Stone's member Brian Jones died because of overdose of drugs.
As an era which stands out in the annals of musical history, the 1950's remain unique. Real music is one which comes from the soul. An artist makes a composition complete and renders it immortal with his voice. The strength of music shone through during this golden age and its power broke through walls of race and culture and united a dividing country. It was a music which knew no bounds and flew across the globe and into the hearts of the people. Never again was any music so capable of infusing vitality and energy into the masses, as the music of the fifties.

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".

Do You Remberwhen?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school? Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . ...and they did?
When a 55 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise,
peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car,
in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a ..."
and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once,
you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,
and share it with the children of today?
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives,
but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.

Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Send this on to someone who can still remember
Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Doody and the Peanut Gallery,
the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,
and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?
I am sharing this with you today
because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between
old enough to know better and too young to care.
How many of these do you remember?
Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers
Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601).
Party lines
Peashooters
Howdy Doody
45 RPM records
Green Stamps
Hi-Fi's
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins
Studebakers
Washtub wringers
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Tinkertoys
Erector Sets
The Fort Apache Play Set
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards -
with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
Penny candy
35 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn
Do you remember a time when...
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from
their "grown-up" life . . I double-dog-dare-ya!

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