The Fabulous Fifties

Written by Vicki Clark

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There was a change happening in music. A sound that had its roots in black music and was referred to as "race music" was becoming popular with white teens. Early in 1951 disc jockey, Alan Freed, realized that white teenagers with money to spend were buying records of what had been considered exclusively Negro music a year earlier. Byrepparttar summer of that same yearrepparttar 135745 "Moondog Show" premiered from Cleavland. Disc jockey, Alan Freed, was "The Moondog" and played this new music with a "beat". His shows were a phenomenal hit and Alan Freed is credited for namingrepparttar 135746 new music, "Rock 'n Roll" Sam Phillips, a Memphis recording man and enthusiast of black music immediately recognized a special quality in Elvis Presley, who had been influenced by Southern black gospel and blues. On July 5, 1954 at Sun Records Elvis recorded "I'm All Right, Mama" with "Blue Moon of Kentucky" onrepparttar 135747 flip side. Soon after, he was named "Most Up and Coming Hillbilly Artist of The Year". By February of 1955 Bill Haley's version of "Shake Rattle and Roll" had sold 1 million copies, Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" was onrepparttar 135748 charts and then came Little Richard with, "Tutti Frutti". Rock'n Roll was born, and here to stay. Even as parents disapproved of it as "devil music"repparttar 135749 kids couldn't get enough. The automobile became an American icon duringrepparttar 135750 prosperity ofrepparttar 135751 50s. The Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet sedans and Chrysler station-wagons became symbols ofrepparttar 135752 new affluent American society. The nation was suddenly mobile and "Drive-in" became a part ofrepparttar 135753 language and culture. Public Works beganrepparttar 135754 construction of an extensive highway system like no other time in history and road trips in big-finned cars became a national past-time. The Cold War betweenrepparttar 135755 world's Super Powers, America and Russia, cast a shadow of fear overrepparttar 135756 Frivolous Fifties. The Atomic and Hydrogen bombs were created andrepparttar 135757 military performed 200 above-ground nuclear tests between 1954 and 1958. There was failure after failure inrepparttar 135758 rocket launching competition betweenrepparttar 135759 two countries until Russia realized success with it's Sputnik on October 4, 1957. Americans found themselves watchingrepparttar 135760 skies and learning to "duck and cover". Byrepparttar 135761 latter part ofrepparttar 135762 decade Marilyn Monroe had appeared asrepparttar 135763 first centerfold in Hugh Hefner's Playboy magazine and Ed Sullivan had backed down by inviting Elvis to perform, two months after calling him vulgar and exclaiming that he would never appear on his television show. The youth had their own music andrepparttar 135764 Beats, with their hip new language, becamerepparttar 135765 forefathers ofrepparttar 135766 60s counter-culture. Profound economic, political, racial and social changes had taken place in a short time. Happy Days? Yes, but complex and evolving too.

Vicki writes original content for her retro website, The Nostalgic Boomer. She is a baby boomer who lives and works as a Legal Assistant in a County Attorney's Office in Arizona and spends her spare time writing poetry, fiction, articles for web content and creating web design.

Planning Starts With The Basics

Written by Jonathan Citrin

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