The world audience for music in the 1950s was the largest in history and showed every sign of growing even larger. Musicians of reputation were in such demand that they could have been performing every day of the year. Traditional seasonal patterns had disappeared.
In the US, music was everywhere, from Muzak to an unaccompanied violin in the restaurant. There was an audience for everything.
From Elvis Presley and Pablo Casals, Andre Kostelanetz and Otto Klemperer, folk singer and the Saint Matthew Passion.
There was a noticeable broadening of the taste of concertgoers.
Rock and Roll was just in its infancy, but LOTS of it was created. I’m always amazed at how many great songs were made in the 50s that I’ve never heard before.
Classical music was still very popular. Blues, swing and jazz were easily accessible. It was truly the convergence of the future and the past because the 60s changed everything for good.
Our 1950s Playlist
Please take a few minutes to listen to one of the best drum solos of all time from Danny Barcelona, performed in 1959.