One Summer Night


Rock 'n' Roll 50's

The 1950's saw the emergence, and rise of Rock 'n' Roll. Carl Perkins was one of the pioneers in thecreation of rock music and his style is often referred to as "Rockabilly" begause it sounds like a combination of country and R&B music with a touch of rock influences. Some of my favourite artists, who were popular in the rockabilly genre were Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent.

Carl Perkins wrote and recorded the chart-topping hit "Blue Suede Shoes" in 1955 and the song was then recorded by Elvis Presley and enjoyed even more success. Elvis Presley is regarded to be the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" by most, and rose to fame after begining a professional relationship with Sam Phillips - a studio owner who wanted to market "black music" to white audiences.

Elvis was more successful in this than any other artists of the time. Elvis epitomzed the Rock 'in' Roll style of my high school rebellion music of the 1950's.

One incident that best exemplifies these qualities in Elvis, was his controversial performance with his hip gryations on the Milton Berle Show in 1956, a performance that shocked my poor parents. Hey, what did they know then, it even took them a few weeks to find out I was President of the local Elvis fan club. His performance on the Ed Sullivan Show a few weeks later, drew in nearly 80-persent ofthe North American television veiwing audience.

While Elvis wad largely responsible for the popularization of rock music, I remember the original African-American artistswho created the genre, and were pushed out of the rock scene.

Like, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Coasters, Chubby Checker, and Fats Domino, who were not afforded the opportunity to even record their music!

----- Fortunately that changed in the late 50's, and early sixties!



The Cadillacs


The Baltineers

Moments like this 1957 DooWop


Jerry Lee Lewis