Music in the 1950s

1950s Music

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.

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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.

More 1950s Music

Elvis Presley

Songs from the 1950s »

Do you know who ruled the charts in the 1950s? You probably haven't heard most of these songs. Check out our list of every #1 song from the 1950s.
1950s Musical Instruments

1950s Musical Instruments »

There was a musical revolution going on in the 1950s, much of it carried on the back of the electric guitar. Fender, Gibson & Gretsch led the way.
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