Teens influence 50’s music and Rock and Roll takes center stage.
The jukebox was a major part of classic diner culture. Customers could easily browse the selection of the latest music and enjoy whatever songs they wanted, often without even having to leave their table. There was a great deal of innovation happening 1950’s music, particularly with rock and roll. The style evolved during the 1940’s and 50’s. Artists such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard were all pioneers of the genre. The electric guitar, which was developed and made popular by Les Paul, grew in popularity in the 1950’s. Of course any discussion on rock and roll music would not be complete without Elvis Presley, who started his career in the mid 50’s and rocketed to stardom in both music and movies.Class
American Bandstand debuted in 1957. The show helped to popularize rock and roll, particularly the variety with a squeaky-clean image. Teen idols such as Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson and Frankie Avalon all topped the charts thanks to American Bandstand.
Teens were a major influence in the growth of popular music and rock and roll. They loved hearing songs about young love, parties and fast cars. Music helped to distinguish teens as different it gave them a new sense of style and image. And in many cases, it was the soundtrack to rebellion and their quest for freedom from rules and convention.
What songs were topping the charts in the 1950’s? Here is a short list of some of Billboard’s top singles from the decade.
The Andrews Sisters I Can Dream, Can’t I
Nat King Cole Mona Lisa
Rosemary Clooney Come On-a My House
Tony Bennet Because of You
Jo Stafford You Belong to Me
Jimmy Boyd I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
Perry Como Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
Patti Page The Doggie in the Window
Eddie Fisher I Need You Now
The Chordettes Mr. Sandman
Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around the Clock
Tennessee Ernie Sixteen Tons
Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley Don’t Be Cruel
Paula Anka Diana
The Crickets That’ll Be the Day
Elvis Presley All Shook Up
Sheb Wooley The Purple People Eater
The Platters Twilight Time