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Music of the 50's ~ A Decade of Distinction

Updated on April 14, 2016
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"Music has been my loyal and constant companion my entire life." ~ Sylvestermouse Cynthia

Music from the 50's

The 50's music was an era of real talent, hard work and little compensation. The musical artists of the 50's were in the industry for the love of music. While some may have hoped for fame, they certainly could not expect bulging bank accounts. A few even hung around for decades helping others launch careers. They gave generously of their time, experience and wisdom earned by the hardships of exploitation.

This lens is a salute to the foundation of Pop music and Rock & Roll as well as to the icons of Country music. The legendary talent that literally "set the stage" for generations to come.

Authorship: Sylvestermouse


So much can and has been written about Elvis Presley. His musical genius, excellence of performance, duration of popularity and his good looks all contribute to why Elvis became known as the "King of Rock & Roll."

Elvis starred in movies, performed in concerts, guest starred on many TV shows, he even performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Elvis simply would not be boxed into a specific genre of music. He sang blues, country, gospel and obviously early rock & roll. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the W.C. Handy Award for the Blues Foundation.

No one has come close to obtaining Elvis' far reaching accomplishments and no one has been more exploited.

Johnny Cash

This is a gentleman who had his own unique style. When you hear Johnny Cash sing, you never wonder if it is him or not. He has a very distinct voice unequaled by anyone.

Johnny Cash is credited for helping launch and promote many new stars! While he is primarily known as a Country Music artist, he was also a Blues, Folk and Gospel artist. He wrote over 1000 songs and released dozens of albums.

Ray Charles

Another musical genius who started his career in the 50's was Ray Charles.

Although he was trained in classical music, Ray Charles early hits were in Rhythm and Blues. In the 60's he easily transitioned to Pop music.

He won 17 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ray Charles was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the Jazz Hall of Fame.

Connie Francis

Connie Francis launched her career in Pop music in 1958. Over the next decade she became known as one of the most popular vocalist in the world. She was the first female singer to have two consecutive #1 singles.

Bill Haley and His Comets

This American Rock and Roll band, founded in 1952, placed 9 singles in the Top 20 list between 1954 and 1956. They continued to perform until Bill Haley's death in 1981.

Frank Sinatra

With his legendary dual career in music and acting, Frank Sinatra actually became famous in the 40's, but his career was rejuvenated in 1953 when he won an Oscar for his performance in the film From Here to Eternity. Once again he became one of the top recording artists in the world and he continued to entertain us until his death in 1998.

In addition to his remarkable list of Academy Awards and Grammy Awards, he has an impressive list of accomplishment awards including his induction into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medal of Honor Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP, Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award and the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Platters

The Platters had over 35 hit singles. Their genres include Soul, Blues, R&B and early Rock & Roll.

The Platters were the first Rock & Roll group to have a Top Ten album in America and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Doris Day

With renowned career in Film, TV and stage, Doris Day is one of America's true leading ladies. She is the most prolific recording artists in history, having recorded over 650 songs and is still the top ranking female box-office star of all time with 39 movies to her credit

Several of her recorded songs have received Academy Awards for Best Original Song. In addition, Doris Day has received the Cecil B DeMille Award, the Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award and she was nominated for an Academy Award.

Carl Perkins

"Carl Perkins songs personified the rockabilly era." A legendary singer and songwriter, Carl Perkins influenced decades of music. Elvis, Johnny Cash and the Beatles each recorded his songs. I'm sure you have heard of "Blue Suede Shoes". Well, that was a Carl Perkins song.

He was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was also a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient.

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Patsy Cline

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Patsy Cline's career was cut short by death, but she is still considered by many to be one of the most influential and successful female vocalists of the 20th century.

She was the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Patsy Cline's motto: "I don't want to get rich — just live good."

Buddy Holly

Like Patsy Cline, singer and songwriter Buddy Holly's career was cut short by death, but he has been described as "the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll" (Bruce Eder) Not only could he write music and sing, he played the guitar, the fiddle/violin and the piano.

Buddy Holly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and listed as #13 in Rolling Stone's "Fifty Greatest Artist of All Time."

The Drifters

Although this group has seen many changes in members over the decade, according to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame the "Drifters managed to set musical trends and give the public 13 chart hits, most of which are legendary recordings today."

Patti Page

She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, and has sold over 100 million records to date. Her 1950s recording of "Tennessee Waltz" was one of the best selling singles of the 20th century.

Patti Page made the country charts in five separate decades.

Frankie Laine

This singer, songwriter and actor had a career that spanned 75 years. His genre's encompass almost every style of music including Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Country and Pop.

"You can't categorize him. He's one of those singers that's not in one track. And yet and still I think that his records had more excitement and life into it. And I think that was his big selling point, that he was so full of energy. You know when hear his records it was dynamite energy." (Herb Jeffries)

Sam Cooke

Although his musical genres include pop and gospel, it has been said that Sam Cooke is one of the pioneers and founders of Soul music. He had 29 hits 0n the Top 40 charts.

He founded a record label, SAR Records and a publishing company, but this was yet another career cut short by an untimely death.

Marty Robbins

This multi-talented gentleman was not only a singer and songwriter, but he was an accomplished pianist and guitarist. With a career that started in the 50's but spanned four decades, Marty Robbins was frequently on the Country Music charts and had several pop hits.

His awards include several Grammy Awards and he received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He was named "Artist of the Decade" by the Academy of Country Music and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Did you know that Marty Robbins was also a Nascar driver?

Etta James

Singer and songwriter Etta James is best known as a Blues and R&B performer.

According to Wikipedia "Etta James had once been considered one of the most overlooked Blues and R&B musicians in American music history." All I can say to that is I didn't overlook her in this article and I have known her name my entire life.

Etta James has won 4 Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin was multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter with an outstanding list of accomplishments for such a short life. His musical genres include pop, jazz and country. He played the piano, guitar, drums, harmonica and the xylophone.

He had over 45 singles that made the Top 100 chart.

Bobby Darin owned and operated TM Music/Trio and in 1969 he started Direction Records.

Darin won multiple Grammy Awards, the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He was only 37 when he died.

The Five Satins

This group was best known for the hit "In The Still of the Night".

They were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame

Have you seen this commercial?

So Many More

This list really could go on. There are so many great talents from the 50's. Here are a list of others you might remember: Frankie Avalon, Johnny Ray, Les Paul, Dean Martin, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ritchie Valens, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Coasters, The Monotones, The Flamingos, Nat King Cole, Pat Boone, Harry Bellafonte, Tony Bennett, Burle Ives, Bing Crosby, Perry Como and many, many more!

Some of these I didn't write a section about because, even through they were important to 50's music, they actually began their careers in the 30's or 40's.

Thank you for stopping by!

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~ Sylvestermouse ~

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© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

I Think the 50's Music was the Best! What Decade Do You Prefer?

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for the trip down memory lane. You are right about the '50s. The '50s was perhaps a bridge between the previous and future decades music wide. The result music that was the best of the past and the blueprint for the future.

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      6 years ago

      I love all of the artists you featured here. The 50's had their share of the best-ever musicians and groups.

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Now your talking! The 1950s were MY musical era - love all the artists and songs you have featured here... and many more favorites, like the Every Brothers and virtually all of the artists mentioned under 'so many more'. Loved listening to 'Crazy' by Patsy Cline. All these featured songs take me back to my 'heyday' - LOL.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's like being in my mom's car when I'm on this page - she was such a 50's girl and Elvis Fan - We (my aunt and I) used to sing and listen to Doris Day all the time - those were the days. Wonderful page.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      50's would rank up there with my favorites...but I do love the early to mid 60's too!

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      Fay Favored 

      7 years ago from USA

      It would have to be mixed I guess, but I know my sister likes the 50's music. A little before my time, but I do remember some of the songs mainly through movies with people like Doris Day.

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      aaxiaa lm 

      7 years ago

      This is a great lens! my favourite are the 80s though but johnny cash's hurt and etta james in general make me cry every time

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love the '60s and '70s, but as a little girl, I remember listening to the tunes of Doris Day and Frank Sinatra.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      @PAINTDRIPS: First, let me say thank you for the boost!!!

      I checked every video after you left this comment and they all worked for me, so I am clueless what happened when you visited. Please let me know which one, or ones, were giving you a problem. Since I couldn't get it to replicate what you experienced, I fear I was unable to make any changes. Thanks again!

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      Denise McGill 

      7 years ago from Fresno CA

      Great lens. Loved all the video. About 5 of them won't play, probably for copyright reasons. A lot of YouTube videos have been blocked these days because of movie copyright. Thanks. I gave it a 50's boost.

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      sponias lm 

      8 years ago

      This type of music remains in our memory for long.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens and great music

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      8 years ago from Albany New York

      the 50's do it for me. There were so many really talented signers and musicians. Love this lens!

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      Blonde Blythe 

      8 years ago from U.S.A.

      The 50s was truly an awesome era! Love this lens!

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      8 years ago

      The 50's was best with the Doo-Wop sounds, and the 60's were a very close second with the music coming from Motown, Detroit, USA

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      8 years ago from British Columbia

      What a great trip down memory lane! I love these songs! This is a lens I will return to, just to listen to a lot of great music in one place!

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      9 years ago

      I loved the 40's music. It's when I became a teen

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      9 years ago

      I prefer 60s music, but some 50s is nice as well

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      Laraine Sims 

      9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Friday night is music night at our home. It's the old 50's, 60's and 70's we love the most. Great lens .. I enjoyed the YouTubes! Angel blesssings.

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      9 years ago

      Definitely 50s music is my favorite!

    • nyclittleitaly profile image


      9 years ago

      I totally agree. The music was the kind of music that you could hold your lover in your arms and seize the moment. I did a lens about early rock and roll also. This is a great lens.

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      9 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      It's a great lens...and yes I do enjoy the 50s music...and the 60s and 70s. Three decade of great music.

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      9 years ago

      great lens! i've got a special place in my heart and memory for the music of the 1950s.

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      9 years ago

      I have always felt that the music of the 1950's paved the way for many of the artist we see today and the influence of singers like Frank Sinatra makes me long for those days again.

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      mediawizard lm 

      10 years ago

      The Rock'n Roll and also the Jukebox.

      I simply love the sound of the Wurlitzer jukebox

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      10 years ago

      I am definately with you on the 50's. The whole teen attitude was far better than today. Then it was about girls and boys but with respect. Now we have drugs, guns, knives, and slappers in silly costumes. Bring back the 50's.

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      10 years ago

      A great list of classics from the time period, some good song choices, great lens!

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      Heather Burns 

      10 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Hmm, I like 70's music the best, but this is a great lens. Love Elvis and did a lens on him last week which won LOTD!

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      Marigold Tortelli 

      10 years ago

      It's so hard to pick a favorite decade for music. But the '50s really set the stage for today's music. It was the birth of rock and roll.

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      10 years ago

      I think the music of the 50's was so innocent. The singers were innocently chasing a girl, or thinking about their breakups. Compared to music today, i think some of them would turn in their graves.

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      10 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I prefer 60's music the most, but without the amazing music from the Fifties, the Sixties would not have been possible. All the music from the 60's that I love has it's roots in the 50's and the earlier blues.

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      10 years ago

      I love that you included El Paso. I grew up listening to that because my parents loved Marty Robbins. It really opened my mind to this entire decade of great music. Nice lens.

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      SlightlyGrumpy LM 

      10 years ago

      nice lens, 50s music was in a class of it's own an was the most influential to date IMO

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! I prefer music from the 80's and 90's. I grew up listening to 50's music because my mom was always listening to an oldies station. I hated it at the time because I wanted to listen to current music. Now that I am an adult though, I have a better appreciation for 50's music. Don't tell my mom but I currently have some Elvis music on my ipod LOL. She'd never let me live it down!

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      10 years ago

      What a great lens, I remember listening to 50's music with my mum and have always had a love for it, my favourites being Buddy Holly and Doris Day. My fav decade has to be 80's though!

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      10 years ago

      The 50s were a great time. I'm a huge fan of Fred Astaire and of Gene Kelly, though they blend into the 40s as well as the 50s. From this list, Ray Charles does it for me :)

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      10 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      50's music has ALWAYS been my favorite -- and continues to this day. This lens has been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' my "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf" lens. :-)

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      10 years ago

      i love music in general but some! great lens!

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      sukkran trichy 

      10 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      old is gold! yes i love this 50s music. you send me -Sam Cooke is my fav. great 50s music collection here.

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      Barb McCoy 

      10 years ago

      Johnny Cash is husband's favorite. Love the artists you selected and the collection of videos is outstanding. Thanks for the great lens.

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      10 years ago

      i prefer the 50's music, i grew up with the music and still listen everyday. this is a great lens and i appreciate the effort to put this lens together, thank you, john weimer

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens. This is the stuff my folks listented to but I'm starting to appreciate it as I 'grow up' lol

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      10 years ago

      Oh, you picked one of my favorite music eras! I swooned over Bobby Darin. What a marvelous lens! Angel Blessed and featured on Angel Wings November 2010.

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      10 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I read this a year ago, but I was just drawn in by the music of the 1950's, which remains my favorite musical era to this day. So many great songs, sung by some of the 'greats. And I once saw Ray Charles in person in New Orleans in the 1980s. Just in the mood for a trip down memory lane tonight! :)

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      10 years ago

      Tanks for the cool lens!

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      Judy Martin 

      10 years ago from Mississippi

      This is music from my generations, brings back memories.

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      James Bashkin 

      10 years ago from Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

      I like too many to choose just one, but I enjoyed your lens and lensrolled it at my Chuck Berry lens,

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      Diana Grant 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      I can think of great music from every decade - choice is hard. I loved the 50's and 60's, but also what came later, so I remain sitting on the fence.

      Great lens - I am featuring it on my lens Sir Cliff is 70

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      10 years ago

      What a great collection of music. Wow!

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      StaciJansma LM 

      11 years ago

      90s - Rock and Roll R&B. I know I'm young LOL

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      11 years ago from Australia

      Actually, I must confess to not being really familiar with 50s music, but you have put such a great lens together. Thanks for the education!

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      11 years ago

      I liked the 50's and 60's. I really enjoyed the folksong and folk singers era. I guess that dates me.

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      11 years ago

      Wow, taking a trip back in time. I have heard most of these singers. My stepfather was really into several of them Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, goodness. Memories upon Memories. As always, you did a fantastic job putting this lens together!

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! I love listening to all the music you included here...some new voices for me :D

    • Twmarsh profile image


      11 years ago

      I really like the way you included many of the diverse sounds of the 50s. I love the Doo-wop music like the Five Satins vid you included here!

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      11 years ago

      I LOVE the 50's music! You did a very nice job on this lens. The only thing I could have wished for is perhaps just a little more information on each of the stars. I'd like to know if you have or will do another lens about some of the other stars that you had in your list at the end.

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      11 years ago

      The music of the 50's has been and always will be my favorite.

      Thanks for sharing,


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      11 years ago

      for me, 50s was really great, I am a child of teh late 80s early 90s but for some reason my ipod is full of 50s music!

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      11 years ago

      When I was growing up in the 80's, anything about the 50's was considered fun. I use to love dancing to 50's music. I even had my own poodle skirt. Great lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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      11 years ago

      I am very eceltic with music. I listen to everything from Englebert Humperdink to AC/DC. I have a special place in my heart for 50's music though, my parents played it a lot while I was growing up!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      11 years ago from United States

      @indigoj: Thank you so much, Little Pear!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      11 years ago from United States

      @Richard-H: Dude! I didn't even know you still had wings! Awesome and thank you for the blessing!

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      11 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I'm more of a Seventies kinda guy, but I do enjoy listening to 50s music too. Enjoyed my musical trip through the decade :) *Blessed*

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      Indigo Janson 

      11 years ago from UK

      Oops, forgot to add that this lens has been ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~

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      Indigo Janson 

      11 years ago from UK

      Excellent guide to the music of the 50s. I love the glamour and energy of that decade -- mixing the best of the old and the new.

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      11 years ago

      This is an amazing lens. I love the music of the 50's. Like Brenda, I'm not sure which decade I prefer, they each have something special to offer.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      You are right, the music of the 50's is pretty special. I'm not sure what decade I prefer.

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      11 years ago

      I love to dance and I think 50s music is the best. I especially like line dancing !

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      11 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      The Fifties was a great decade in music. The Drifters and Sam Cooke are among my favourites. I grew up in the 70s, so this is the era that would get my vote.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Some of my favorite kind of music. Lensrolling to Little Anthony and the Imperials.

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      11 years ago

      Too many Memories here! 5*

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      Joan Hall 

      11 years ago from Los Angeles

      Nice review! My favorites are Johnny Cash and Ray Charles.

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      Carol Fisher 

      12 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What a great lens. I really was a child in the 1950s but I still remember all of these people and songs. I can't say what decade's music I like best because I like some from all of them.

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      momto4 lm 

      12 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Carolan Ross 

      12 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great collection here...SO glad you included Etta! 5 * s and lensrolled to my

      Jukebox Journal

      Best 2U!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      12 years ago from Paso Robles, CA

      Thanks for the memories. This is about the only decade I paid much attention to popular music because these were my school years. The only decades I heard as much from were the 40's because that's what my mom played and sang around the house and in the car.

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      Sue Dixon 

      12 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Love the music and love the lens!

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      12 years ago


      I've always loved the 50's music.

      Great lens.


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      Heather Burns 

      12 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      OMG, fantastic lens! I loved many of these groups. Really love Elvis, and Tony Bennett still. Great job! 5*

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      12 years ago

      Most excellent selections of music and stars from the 50s featured here. :)

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      Dee Gallemore 

      12 years ago

      A delightful line-up that really takes me back. I remember almost all of these artists. Terrific job!

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      12 years ago

      Beautiful showcase of music and entertainers! Loved it!

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      12 years ago

      I do believe you managed to include all of my favorites. Rolling to my Carl Perkins lens, 5*s

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      Holley Web 

      12 years ago

      Ooops! Running back in, sorry about the rug.. I forgot to say lensrolled! :)

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      Holley Web 

      12 years ago

      WOW! I had a blast on this lens! Though I wasn't there, I have been told many times I was born too late as the music from this era really defined a way of life at that time. It was beautiful and sensitive and fun! Wonderful job! Faved and Fived!

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      12 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm a child of the 50's and loved the music of that era. Really enjoyed your showcased music stars.

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      12 years ago from Chicago area

      SUCH a great musical era. You picked some of my faves to showcase--Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Etta James, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke. (I can never get enough of Sam Cooke's voice.) Lensrolling to

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      12 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      An era of wonderful music! Great job! 5* and favored

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      12 years ago

      Wow, I don't think you missed anyone! Great lens!

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      12 years ago from Western Mass

      niiiice work - terrific videos

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      12 years ago

      I always loved 50's music!

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      12 years ago

      Great music and fun to dance to! You have some great singers and musicians here!

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      Brookelorren LM 

      12 years ago

      Very cool! A few I hadn't heard of before.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      12 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great music of that time!

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      clouda9 lm 

      12 years ago

      Some of the best music in the industry can be traced back to the 50's. You have picked some great selections here to listen to ;)

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      12 years ago

      The 50s certainly laid the foundations for so much great music that followed. My partner and I also really enjoy watching documentaries that show the roots of American music right back to the 30s and 40s and how that music was imported to the UK in the 60s. Fascinating how all the branches of blues, jazz, soul and rock intertwine.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      12 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow, great reminders of great music! So many greats from that decade. Great lens!


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