Wanda Jean Jackson was born in 1937 in Maud, Oklahoma. Her father taught her to play the piano and guitar.
Published in Music
Monday, 20 June 2016 14:14

Colin Macinnes : Writer of Modern Life

My lord, one thing is certain, and that’s that they’ll make musicals one day about the glamour-studded 1950s.
Colin MacInnes, “Absolute Beginners” 1959
Published in Culture
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:56

Rocket 88: The first Rock'n'Roll record?

Rock’n’Roll, the genre, did not acquire its name until the mid 50s.
Published in Music
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:48

Tubby Hayes A Man in a Hurry Reviewed

The life and times of Tubby Hayes (30th January 1935) is both a jubilant and tragic story.
Published in Film
Sunday, 23 August 2015 09:58

Chicago Stone Greasers – A History

Throughout the 1950s until the early 1980s, Chicago's youth was divided into two cultures: the Greasers and the Hippies.
Published in Culture
/Buddy Holly 1

Charles Hardin Holley was born in 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. The youngest of four children, Buddy grew up in a modest environment. The Holleys were a musical family and Buddy started the piano when he was 11 years of age. After nine months of lessons he went onto the guitar and violin. Buddy met Bob Montgomery when he was thirteen. at Hutchinson Junior High School and they teamed up as the duo, "Buddy and Bob".
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Carl Perkins 2.

Son of a Tennessee sharecropper, Carl Perkins was born in 1932 and the middle son. He grew up picking cotton and got his first guitar aged 7 and it was made by his father from a cigar box, broomstick and baling wire. Carl would practice endlessly behind the chicken house pretending he was singing on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. His boogie rhythm guitar style developed with lessons from a neighbour. He won a talent contest when he was 13 and had written a song called “Movie Magg," which a decade later would convince Sam Phillips to sign him to his Sun Records label.
Published in Music Archive
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 18:53

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival 1

Tom and John Fogerty, formed a band in El Cerrito, California in the late 1950s, they were called Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets but change their name to the Golliwogs before, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). The line up consisted of Tom Forgery (Rhythm guitarist), younger brother John Forgery ( guitar and vocals), Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. In June 1968, Fantasy launched their first album "Creedence Clearwater Revival", which was a pseudo psychedelic rock album. The single form the album was a cover version of Dale Hawkins old rock standard "Suzie Q."
Published in Music Archive
Sunday, 01 December 2013 18:08

Christmas Hits of The 50s

Christmas hits of the 50s.
Gene Autry, along with Roy Rogers, were the best known singing cowboys from movies and television. Besides Gene Autry’s many popular western hits, like "Back in the Saddle Again," Gene also sang several perennial Christmas song classics including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," written by songwriter Johnny Marks in 1949. A year later Gene Autry was back in the charts with Frosty the snowman, then later he co-wrote with Oakley Haldeman, entitled, "Here Comes Santa Claus." 
Published in Music Archive
Brief History of Instrumental Hits 1.j

Prior to the introduction of the singer with the band, dance music was primarily instrumental. Then as microphones improved vocalisation became more popular and when during the war years union action prevented, card carrying musicians from recording the rise of the crooner resulted with the decline of the popular instrumental. Cool School Jazz continued to promote instrumental music but this was considered too complicated for vocals. In the early 50s, Earl Bostic, a jazz saxophonist had two instrumentals hits with Harlem Nocturne and Earl's Rhumboogie.
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