Music In The 1950's

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Music         The decade of the fifties gave birth to rock and roll. When Bill Heley’s Rock Around The Clock became popular in 1955, the nation learned to swing to a whole new kind of sound. But rock and roll wasn’t the only kind of music in the fifties there were blues and folk and many other kinds of music. But rock and roll was the dominant type of music in the fifties. Rock and roll was born of Rythem and blues. The early artist, people like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Fats Domino, all had an edge to their music. The thing is though all of the teenagers liked this music but the majority of there parents didn’t. So it was a constant battle between teen and parent. Rock and roll was kind of a rebellious music, or at least that’s what the parents thought One of the rock artists fit that rebel with out a cause persona, his name was Elvis Presley.

In 1953 he was at a recording studio in Memphis recording some birthday songs for his mom.

While he was there he impressed the studio manager by his unique vocal style. In 1956 he ended up recording the hit single you all know and love “Heartbreak Hotel”. Also in the same year he recorded “ Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel”. And in 1957 he recorded another hit called “All Shook Up”. From 1956 to 1958, Elvis starred in four motion pictures all of which featured his sound tracks, Love Me Tender (1956), Jailhouse Rock (1957), Loving You (1957), and King Creole (1958). After serving in the United States Armed Forces from 1958 to 1960 Elvis appeared in numerous musical films.

        Then it began in 1955. A group from Chester, PA, Bill Haley and the Comets, was performing an odd blend of country, R&B and swing. The sound and...