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Music In The 1950s

How Ike Turner Invented Rock 'N Roll With 'Rocket 88'

March 3, 2021

Ike Turner (center) and some of his Kings of Rhythm in 1955. Source: Collection Gilles PTtard (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns) What was the first rock 'n roll son...

Surf Music History: The So-Cal Sound Of Dick Dale's Ins...

July 10, 2020

Left: Dick Dale. Right: The Ventures. Sources: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; merchbar.com The story of surf rock and surf guitar has one big hero: Dick ...

Blackboard Jungle: The Film That Ushered Rock N Roll In...

March 28, 2020

In 1955, Blackboard Jungle put rock 'n roll (of Bill Haley and the Comets) on the screen -- a concept that was revolutionary at the time. When MGM released B...

Who Was In The Rat Pack? Sinatra's Vegas Crew, Explaine...

February 15, 2019

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop - posed outside Sands Casino, Las Vegas, 1960 at "Summit At Sands" (Photo by GAB Archive...

100 Top Male Singers Of The '50s, '60s, And '70s Who Ch...

February 13, 2019

Musical tastes change, but influence lasts forever. A list of the top 100 male singers of the '50s, '60s and '70s that shaped music history pulls in artists ...

Johnny Cash: True Stories Of The Wildman In Black

February 1, 2019

Johnny Cash at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1966. (Getty/Photo by Jan Olofsson/Redferns) Even among rough-and-tumble country singers, few lived a life as eventful as...

Elvis Presley’s Favorite Songs …They May Not Be What Yo...

November 28, 2018

'Elvis' - The Comeback TV Special BURBANK, CA - JUNE 27: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. ...

The Charm Of The Jukebox… Keep An Eye Out Because They ...

October 6, 2018

Stephen Lapekas Student Stephen Lapekas (2R) playing a song on a juke box. (Photo by Stan Wayman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Jukeboxes have be...

Who was the Inspiration Behind the Hit Doo-Wop Song, “B...

October 3, 2018

NOVEMBER 02: THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS Photo of BEACH BOYS, Event: Circa '67., Artist: Beach Boys (Photo by David Farrell/Redferns) How many people know the na...

Top 100 Female Singers Of The '50s, '60s, And '70s

January 30, 2018

Circa 1955: American singer and actor Rosemary Clooney (1928 - 2002) sings and dances in a ballroom or on a stage, accompanied by a pianist and a band. (Photo by Hulton...