The war is over! The men are back. The girls are married. The baby boom is in full swing.

And Elvis, the King of Rock Roll introduces the world to the generation of the Rebel without a Cause.

Rock and Roll, the fusion of blues with a 4/4 country beat, and the introduction of the electric guitar was considered evil, sinful, and promoting raw, sexuality by the Bible Thumpers of America who repeatedly tried to ban it (sometimes successfully) and tried to stop their kids from listening to it.

And the kids loved it.

Elvis, the first white guy with a black sound hit the airwaves with a passion and soared in the charts.

His hip gyrations proved the Bible Thumpers right in their minds and Ed Sullivan was forced to film him from the waist up only :-).


This is from one of my favorite performances. Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special.

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Personal 1950s story:

The Canadian equivalent of American Band Stand was a show called Club 6 and produced in Victoria where I lived at the time.

My older brother, Rick, was a dancer on the show when he was 12 (he looked older and I suspect they wanted a minority Lol).

That was my introduction to Rock and Roll.

I was 9 at the time and Elvis was my first teeny bopper Rock star crush.

Wonderful stuff! Thanks!

And a few novelty songs for the kiddies...

Lots of innocent fun came out of the 1950s :-)

Two versions of the same song.

One of my favorites :-)


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