Rock Music of The 1950s
Rock and Roll
Classics from the 1950s
1. Elvis Presley: The original King of Rock and Roll taught us how to relax, kickback and dance. Elvis mixed blues and soul and came up with rock and roll his style with some southern twang and charm. The classics are many but, my tops are: Hound dog, Jailhouse Rock and Moody Blue. He could dance and he had charisma. He was even controversial, with a lot of the older generation, with the way that he moved and danced while on stage. He was most well known for shaking his leg The old footage of him shows the girls would just scream for him. It was so bad, he had several security be near by. Elvis was a great performer who left us too soon.
2. The Everly Brothers: The Everly Brothers started in 1967, and have been going ever since. The music is a twist of country, rock and roll and the guitars and harmonicas played by this band were fantastic. My top three songs from these Pioneers of Rock were: And I'll Go, Blueberry Hill and Abandoned Love. They were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Country Music Hall of Fame. This is something they few artists had done during these years of music.
3. Buddy Holly: He is the true pioneer of Rock and Roll and is the first inductee into the Hall of Fame. He died in a disastrous plane crash at age 22 but, he made three albums before his death.This was an unfortunate death for this young man. He looked to have a promising career. With unreleased music now released Holly has over ten albums that have inspired: The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan among others in the music industry. I don't remember Buddy Holly but, I have heard his music and I like it. He has a very unique and soothing voice. My mom likes his music and she remembers when he died in the plane crash. He was an artist that died before his time.
4. The Drifters: The Drifters were a rock, soul, R and B band that began the Doo Wop back in 1953 and they still play their classics to this day. They have ten albums and countless singles. The Drifters had a unique singing style all their own.My top three songs from The Drifters are: Hypnotized, Fools Fall in Love and Baby What I Mean. They were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
5. Jerry Lee Lewis: The Killer was a rock, country and blues singer who could play a piano like nobody's business. He started in 1954 and he still sings his past hits around the U.S.A. Lewis, counting remixes, re-releases and unreleased music has over 40 albums. His blues and rock gospel tracks were one of a kind and still are. This man was everywhere, and he was most well known for his telethons to raise money for multiple
6. Ritchie Valens: He was the first rock star from Mexico and he could sing, dance and play guitar with the best. He tragically died at 17 in 1959 in a plane crash with the Legendary Buddy Holly. His biggest hit was La Bamba and he even had a movie made about him, the first Latin Rock Legend. His career was just getting started when he was killed. His life was portrayed in the movie called La Bamba. I always thought this was a sad story.
7. Bo Diddley: Diddley is a rock pioneer credited with mixing blues and rock and roll into one. He was inducted into The Rock Hall of Fame, has received a Grammy and has had 27 Studio Albums. My top Diddley songs are: Who Do You Love?, Magic Bus and Hey Bo Diddley. His achievements? Well let's just say, there's a lot of them.
8. Fats Domino: Fats used saxophones and pianos to make his unique rock and roll sound. His music set the mood and has lasted from 1949 till the present day. I truly enjoy his music and here are my favorite three from him: Poor Poor Me, All By Myself and Going To The River. Fats could really go to town on a Piano and he sometimes would stand up and dance while playing it.
9. Little Richard: He is a real music pioneer of rock and roll and soul. His piano playing skills and rock and roll are outstanding by any standards. His hits Good Gollie Miss Mollie and Tuttie Fruittie are classics in every since of the word. His songs are most upbeat and even if you don't love his music, when a song of his comes on, you can't help but, tap your toes or fingers
10. Chuck Berry: Berry is the first musician to feature guitar solos in his musical sets. My top songs by Berry are: Roll Over Beethoven, School Days and Johnny B. Goode. For the teenagers of this time, if you are going out on Friday to ride the strip, this is what might have been playing on your stereo. Someone with that kind of talent, didn't go unnoticed.
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