Music of the Fifties

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Music of the Fifties

Music of the Fifties

The 1950's were a time of changes and the music of the decade both relfected the cultural changes that were happening. Racial tensions were being strained with the beginning of the civil rights movement and music reflected many of those tensions. This decade was a time of innovation that helped to influence everything that we listen to on the radio today.

Rock 'n' Roll Traditional PopElvis Presley Rosemary ClooneyLittle Richard Teresa BrewerGene Vincent The Four Aces Country Rhythm in BluesJohnny Cash The RavensHank Williams The CrowsConway Twitty Lloyd Price

1950 1957"Music! Music! Music!" -Teresa Brewer "All Shook Up" -Elvis Presley"All My Love" -Patti Page "Great Balls of Fire" -Jerry Lee Lewis1951 1958"Because of You" -Tony Bennett "Tequila" -The Champs"If" -Perry Como "It's Only Make Believe" -Conway Twitty1952 1959"Here in My Heart" -Al Martino "Peggy Sue" -Buddy Holly"Heart and Soul" -The Four Aces "Personality" -Lloyd Price1953"Your Cheatin' Heart" -Hank Williams"Vaya Con Dios" -Les Paul & Mary Ford1954"Secret Love" -Doris Day"I Need You Now" -Eddie Fisher1955"Rock Around the Clock" -Bill Haley & The Comets"Earth Angel" -The Penguins1956"Hound Dog" -Elvis Presley"I Walk the Line" -Johnny Cash

The fifties Rhythm and Blues combined jazz, doo-wop, blues, and gospel to create a unique sound. Some of the most notable R&B artists were Sam Cooke, The Drifters, Lloyd Price, etc.

Rhythm and Blues

How 1950's Music Became...

Popular Genres of the 1950's

Johhny Cash and Hank Williams defined the Country and Western style of music during this decade. Cash's music was more of a country sound with a rockabilly influence and his songs often centered around a certain home, etc. Williams created the Outlaw Country Genre, which included songs about spirituality and rowdy times.

Traditional Pop music of the 1950's refers to the music that was popular before rock came out. Some popular pop singers were Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, etc. They mostly took old well-known songs and put their own individual stlye into it.

Traditional Pop

Hit Songs of the Fifties

The 1950's saw the emergence and rise of the Rockabilly. Carl Perkins was one of the pioneers in the creation of rock music and his style is often refered to "rockabilly" because it sounds like a combiantion of both R&B and rock influences. Elvis Presley is thought to be the "King" of rock 'n' roll. While Elvis is largely responsible for the popularization of rock music, it is important to remeber the original African-American artists who created the genre.

Rock 'n' Roll



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