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Fabulous Fifties

Sharing my love for the first decade of rock and roll!

Bill Haley and His Comets

Bill Haley and His Comets were one of the early pioneers of the new rock and roll genre of the 1950’s. The group was instrumental in combining elements of country swing, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly, and although they may not have been the first (some argue they were) to do so, their biggest hit, “Rock Around the Clock” was indeed the first rock and roll song to blow up the charts and be heard by millions of people.

The band’s other notable hits include a cover of Big Joe Turner’s, “Shake Rattle and Roll,” “See You Later Alligator,” “Crazy Man Crazy,” “Birth of the Boogie,” and “Dim Dim the Lights.”

“Rock Around the Clock” was re-released to more fanfare for the soundtrack to the movie “Blackboard Jungle.” Meanwhile the group performed on American Bandstand, as well as appeared in the movies, Rock Around the Clock and Don’t Knock the Rock.

Bill Haley himself was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Bill Haley and His Comets-Rock Around the Clock

Fabulous Fifties

Sharing my love for the first decade of rock and roll!

Fats Domino

Fats Domino was born in New Orleans in 1928.  His 1949 song The Fat Man is considered by many to be the first rock and roll single and is the first to sell over one million copies.  His rolling piano style influenced many and was copied but never quite duplicated.  Despite his influence on the rock and roll genre, Domino claimed he was simply playing the same rhythm and blues that was prevalent in his native Louisiana.  Whatever he was playing, given his popularity with black and white audiences, it was a factor in breaking down racial barriers in the United States.

Domino has several hits, starting with Ain’t That a Shame in 1955, followed by I’m In Love Again, Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday, I’m Walkin’, I Want to Walk You Home, and Walking to New Orleans.

Ain’t That a Shame

Fats Domino passed away in 2017 at the age of 89.