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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But it wasn't all rock'n'roll...The Four Knights were still singing the old standards:

And Skiffle was all the rage...

Cool! I'll let you handle the music that wasn't. Lol. Some interesting contributions. And Peggy Lee as a kid? I love it.
And anyone who was remotely alive in the 1950s had to know the very famous LA DJ Wolfman Jack! Ooops. He was 1960s. Lol. Oh Well I'll duplicate this post there later :-)

Just before Rock'n'Roll took over, we were listening to songs like this in the 1950's

Dinah Shore had to tone down the lyrics for Sweet Violets...Bob Saget sings the original version called There Once Was A Farmer




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