When Rock Around the Clock Ushered in Rock n Roll

When Rock Around the Clock Ushered in Rock n Roll

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David Cheney

Music of the 1950s was in some ways more revolutionary than that of '60s in that it blew away centuries of accumulated racial and social proprieties in America and around the world. U.S. pop charts of the early '50s were dominated by remnants of the big band era, with simple and melodic ballads by such vocalists as Patti Page and Frank Sinatra. But everything changed in 1955 with the release of  Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets. Rock 'n' roll, the birthright of the baby boomers, united Black and white teens in a common culture and softened their prejudices—while dividing them from their parents, the media, and even the government. Join us to trace the evolution of '50s rock music.

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