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Major Hits of the 50s & 60s

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.
Crooners like Sinatra, Como and Patti Page slowly gave way to artists like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley. Teenagers weren’t “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 ….
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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 ….

The Chords - Sh-Boom 1954

Record: Cat 104 ... Recorded March 15, 1954 ... Entered Billboard Juke Box Chart July 3, 1954

Earth Angel - The Penguins
  1. I Own Nothing No Rights Given Or Implied All Copyrights Acknowledged It Is Not My Intent To Infringe On Any Copyrights *This music is being pos...
The Tune Weavers 'Happy, Happy Birthday Baby'

One of the best recordings of the doo wop period was 'Happy, Happy Birthday Baby' which was written by Margo Sylvia & Gilbert Lopez, members of The Tune Weav...

The Monotones - Book Of Love

Doo Wop Standard

The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley (Single Version)

Single version of The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley. It went to #1 on June 14, 1958 on the Billboard Top 100 and stayed on top for six weeks. The video ...

Volare - Domenico Modugno - Nel blu dipinto di blu

Domenico Modugno sings Nel blu dipinto di blu also known as Volare on Ed Sullivan's show in 1958. Music by Domenico Modugno, lyrics by Domenico Modugno and F...

Robin Luke - Susie Darlin' (1958)

Charted at #5 on Billboard Hot 100 in August 1958, #6 on R&B chart and #23 on UK Singles chart. Robin's only charting single in Billboard. He eventually beca...

1955 Voices Of Walter Schumann - Ballad Of Davy Crockett

Billboard-charted track, not elsewhere on YouTube as of this posting. Trailing the three top-10 charted versions by Bill Hayes, Fess Parker and Tennessee Ern...

The Tempos - See You In September

The following is taken from Wikipedia: 'See You in September' is a song written by Sid Wayne and Sherman Edwards. The song was first recorded by the Pittsbur...

Percy Faith - Theme From A Summer Place

Theme From A Summer Place

Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight w/lyrics

»» LYRICS HERE «« »» LYRICS HERE «« Are you lonesome tonight, Do you miss me tonight? Are you sorry we drifted apart? Does your memory stray to a brighter su...

Del Shannon - Runaway

One of my favourites

Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack (Original)

Videoclip de Ray Charles Lyrics / Letra Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack ------------------------------------------------------------ (Hit the road Jack and don...

The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman (1961)

Writers: Georgia Dobbins, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Freddie Gorman, William Garrett Releasing date: August 21, 1961 Format: 7' single Label: Tamla Motow...

THE SHIRELLES - SOLDIER BOY 1962

Reached No. 1 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk

Relax with the sound of Alka Bilk playing the Clarinet while looking at Beach Photos

Stripper - David Rose

Columbia Musical Treasury of All Time Favorites presents: The Sensational Sixties. This is an instrumental song that is usually associated with a strip tease...

Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka

The #1 Conkyjoe music video in 2009. Over 2.4 million views. A classic song on a classic Miami TV show, 'Saturday Hop' with legendary DJ- VJ host, Rick Shaw....

Big Girls Don't Cry - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Big Girls Don't Cry (1962) by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons