50s VideosMusic from 1950 -1959. Rock-n-Roll emerged in the mid-50s as the teen music of choice with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, James Brown, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Ritchie Valens, Duane Eddy, Eddie Cochran, Brenda Lee, Bobby Vee, Connie Frances, Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone and Ricky Nelson being notable exponents. In the mid-1950s, Elvis Presley became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. Chuck Berry, with "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), refined and developed the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, focusing on teen life and introducing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music. Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Johnny Horton, and Marty Robbins were Rockabilly musicians. Doo Wop was another popular genre at the time. Popular Doo Wop and Rock-n-Roll bands of the mid to late 1950s include The Platters, The Flamingos, The Dells, The Silhouettes, Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Danny and the Juniors, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Del-Vikings and Dion and the Belmonts.
Jazz stars in the 1950s who came into prominence in their genres called Bebop, Hard bop, Cool jazz and the Blues, at this time included Lester Young, Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson, Gil Evans, Jerry Mulligan, Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, Art Blakey, Max Roach, the Miles Davis Quintet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, and Billie Holiday.
The American folk music revival became a phenomenon in the United States in the 1950s to mid-1960s with the initial success of the Weavers who popularized the genre. Their sound, and their broad repertoire of traditional folk material and topical songs inspired other groups such as the Kingston Trio, the Chad Mitchell Trio, The New Christy Minstrels, and the "collegiate folk" groups such as The Brothers Four, The Four Freshmen, The Four Preps, and The Highwaymen. All featured tight vocal harmonies and a repertoire at least initially rooted in folk music and topical songs.
On 3 February 1959, a chartered plane transporting the three American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson goes down in foggy conditions near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all four occupants on board, including pilot Roger Peterson. The tragedy is later termed "The Day the Music Died", popularized in Don McLean's 1972 song "American Pie". Read more on Last.fm.
Jane Morgan, Joni James, The Chordettes, The Crickets, The Big Bopper, Johnnie Ray, Eddie Fisher, Teresa Brewer, Phil Phillips, Debbie Reynolds, The Ames Brothers, The Four Aces, Fabian, The Four Lads, Tommy Edwards, Craig Douglas, Georgia Gibbs, Wilbert Harrison, Bert Weedon, Jimmy Boyd, Richard Penniman, Eve Boswell, Don Cornell, Gale Storm.
- Jane Morgan
- Joni James
- The Chordettes
- The Crickets
- The Big Bopper
- Johnnie Ray
- Eddie Fisher
- Teresa Brewer
- Phil Phillips
- Debbie Reynolds
- The Ames Brothers
- The Four Aces
- The Four Lads
- Tommy Edwards
- Craig Douglas
- Georgia Gibbs
- Wilbert Harrison
- Bert Weedon
- Jimmy Boyd
- Richard Penniman
- Eve Boswell
- Don Cornell
- Gale Storm
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Twin Best Nowhttps://sonichits.com/album/Eddie_Cochran/Twin_Best_Now https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/c4fa92ce1495cf7ee7a4121b1b4e05fc.png
The Ultimate Bobby Darinhttps://sonichits.com/album/Bobby_Darin/The_Ultimate_Bobby_Darin https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/1a6c8fa8e71c454ab64edf32cba473e8.png
Good Golly, Miss Mollyhttps://sonichits.com/album/Little_Richard/Good_Golly%2C_Miss_Molly https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/39b3c465aaa5fb0bc19e8c3ba86357df.png
Buddy Hollyhttps://sonichits.com/album/Buddy_Holly/Buddy_Holly https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/56ea9c01d91f45b5b4a020fc51b30c98.png
Universal Masters collectionhttps://sonichits.com/album/Chuck_Berry/Universal_Masters_collection https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/8cc1e8da68294824b1edeffb3aedeef1.png
The "Chirping" Cricketshttps://sonichits.com/album/Buddy_Holly/The_%22Chirping%22_Crickets https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/2ef7efa3c33147ec846a9ab1be4251da.png
The Ultimate Chuck Berryhttps://sonichits.com/album/Chuck_Berry/The_Ultimate_Chuck_Berry https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/41b90ef5169c46798ccb2c0074c4e17b.png
Bluejean Bop!https://sonichits.com/album/Gene_Vincent/Bluejean_Bop%21 https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/7791ab834d1d43a0bb09c9b47fc0ad87.png
The Essential Little Richardhttps://sonichits.com/album/Little_Richard/The_Essential_Little_Richard https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/d901266c32e48376018354328bcdd461.png
The Best Of Fats Dominohttps://sonichits.com/album/Fats_Domino/The_Best_Of_Fats_Domino https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/8b146891f1ea423985e9d9a28739395e.png
20 Greatest Hitshttps://sonichits.com/album/Perry_Como/20_Greatest_Hits https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/cf1a29732d37413086020273674870bb.png
The Ultimate Coastershttps://sonichits.com/album/The_Coasters/The_Ultimate_Coasters https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/447102aa734f43a2bffe2c087deeb1aa.png
King Creolehttps://sonichits.com/album/Elvis_Presley/King_Creole https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/ead9841282b34d8fcd33d309c7cbbfd9.png
Rock Around The Clockhttps://sonichits.com/album/Bill_Haley_%26_His_Comets/Rock_Around_The_Clock https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/33b9bf940d7a41af9456c1c2862d4119.png
Bill Haley & His Comets
The Ultimate Collectionhttps://sonichits.com/album/Buddy_Holly/The_Ultimate_Collection https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/09d5f0f7362a44779b241c5be5a3a881.png
Bach: The Goldberg Variationshttps://sonichits.com/album/Glenn_Gould/Bach%3A_The_Goldberg_Variations https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/e5eebc09ad2e40c1c057879e8b514268.png
Elvis 56https://sonichits.com/album/Elvis_Presley/Elvis_56 https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/a6fb53b47cdd613393be697bed0a2793.png
Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleanshttps://sonichits.com/album/Fats_Domino/Greatest_Hits%3A_Walking_To_New_Orleans https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/c86b954f9c1543cbc3386c84e4c3bca5.png
The Soul of Rock and Rollhttps://sonichits.com/album/Roy_Orbison/The_Soul_of_Rock_and_Roll https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/2eb293a0468847baa7bafbcf7ec09ecd.png
Little Miss Dynamite, Vol. 2https://sonichits.com/album/Brenda_Lee/Little_Miss_Dynamite%2C_Vol._2 https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300x300/d0095eef4d8949c39be49317bb1a73b4.png
Johnny B. Goode, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, I've Got You Under My Skin, Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Great Balls of Fire, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes, Unforgettable, Don't Be Cruel, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Tutti Frutti, You Never Can Tell, Dearest, Summertime Blues, Cry Me a River, Rock Around the Clock, I Put a Spell on You, Mess Around, Beyond the Sea, I've Got a Woman, Everyday, Roll over Beethoven, Long Tall Sally, All I Have To Do Is Dream, You Send Me, Mack the Knife, Peggy Sue, Down in Mexico.