Music of 1950-1954
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Music of the 1950's
From the big band music of the early 1950's through
doo wap in the middle of the decade into the rockability of
the late 50s the mood was optimistic. The music was fast
and the beat was swing baby swing.
Sinatra, Como and Patti Page slowly gave way to artists
like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley.
"the kids" anymore. They had spare money and lots of
energy so they bought records and danced. What they
listened and danced to was rock & roll ....
Music of the 1960's
Rock & Roll in fact never did die but from its roots in the 1950s
it blossomed and grew into a music form that Bill Haley wouldn't recognize.
Electric replaced acoustic and studio over dubbing gave artists freedoms
they never had before. Songwriters told stories. Genres were being created faster than charts could be
made to track them. The British invasion added new names and new sounds to
music. Elvis was still King and the Beatles ruled but there was plenty of
room left for a whole lot of good music ....
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