Tom Lehrer: Satirical Music of the 1950s and 1960s

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Music today is abundant.  You can find hundreds of songs in all types of category and genre.  However, that wasn’t the case in the 1950s.  Types of music that were deemed socially unacceptable… Continue reading

Hound Dog

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Hound Dog by Alexander Stylianou The twelve-bar blues song Hound Dog written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, has been covered countless times throughout the history of the music industry. In the 1950s… Continue reading

Tutti Frutti, Little Richard (1955)

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Having a childhood that was heavily based and influenced around church life, it was inevitable for Little Richard to have such a soulful flavor with his style of singing and music. He was… Continue reading

In The Ghetto

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In 1968, Elvis Presley had his major musical comeback called, ” ’68 Comeback Special.” Aired at NBC and was Elvis first major television appearance in years. The comeback was a major success and… Continue reading

Maybellene, Chuck Berry. 1955

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John Lennon once famously said that “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” Chuck Berry was very influential to the world of rock-and-roll, especially… Continue reading

Buddy Holly and Peggy Sue, 1957.

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Although Buddy Holly‘s success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash (The Day The Music Died sang Don McLean), he was described as “the single most influential creative… Continue reading

I Only Have Eyes For You, 1959

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“My love must be a kind of blind love I can’t see anyone but you” So begins the romantic tale of lyricist Al Dubin and composer Harry Warren’s I Only Have Eyes For… Continue reading

Cry Me a River 1955

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By Liron Cohen.   Ach, the good ole’ days when one could be both concise and use the word “plebeian” in a song and not only “get away with it” but also induct… Continue reading

The Wailing Wailers. Simmer Down. 1963-1965.

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When a teenaged Bob Marley began recording in 1963 with The Wailing Wailers, Reggae did not exist yet. Back then Kingston Town, Jamaica was bubbling over with the jump-up-and-down energy of Ska, slowly maturing into… Continue reading

Mongo Santamaria. Afro-Roots. 1959.

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In every corner of the world, as far back in history as the time machines of archaeology and anthropology can take us, music has been used by humans to communicate with the gods.… Continue reading