The Era That Shaped The History Of Rock N’ Roll
The Rock N’ Roll music dominated the music scene during the 50s’ and inspired a lot of greats who came after such as the British Invasion, and Hard Rock music. Rock N’ Roll quickly spread during the 50s’ all over the world with such artist like Elvis “The King” Presley, Fats Domino, and Muddy Waters to mention a few. Among these important artist includes some of the most important rock songs that dominated the scene in the 50s’.
Relive “The 10 Rock Songs That Dominated 1950.”
1. The Fat Man – Fats Domino
Antoine “Fats” Domino was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Selling more than 65 million records, he surely dominated the scene. One of his important songs was “The Fat Man,” released in December 1949, showcasing his humility and love for rock n’ roll.
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love – Percy Mayfield
A blues ballad written and performed by Percy Mayfield released under Art Rupe’s Specialty Records in January 1990. It was considered as the ultimate blues song of the 50s’ reaching out to God and clinging to faith.
3. Teardrops From My Eyes – Ruth Brown
She’s one of the best singers of the era and was dubbed as “Miss Rhythm.” Teardrops From My Eyes may seem to be a sad song as the title suggest, but it’s Ruth Brown rocking best it out at her best.
4. Mona Lisa – Nat “King” Cole
Originally was written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston and sang by Nat “King” Cole for the film titled Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950) under Paramount Pictures. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1950.
5. Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
Released in January 1948 and ultimately became a multimillion seller. The song was originally written by Redd Stewart and was covered by Patti Page which led it to become the best selling record of the 50s.
6. Long Gone Lonesome Blues – Hank Williams
Released in 1950 and was recorded on January 9, 1950, and instantly became Hank Williams’ 2nd number one chart-topping song on Country & Western chart.
7. Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Professor Longhair
The New Orleans Mardi Gras-themed R&B song was released in 1959 under the label Ron Records. The song was included on his album called “Rock ‘N’ Roll Gumbo.” Mardi Gras In New Orleans was his best songs showcasing his skills as an R&B pianist and proves that he’s the greatest and most influential.
8. I’m Movin’ On – Hank Snow
Released in May 1950 and amusingly Hank Snow have managed to pull something like this during those times. The technology was still limited but during a show in 1967, he used just one microphone for fiddle, two acoustics, and vocals and still got the sound he was aiming for. Watch the video below:
9. Rollin’ Stone – Muddy Waters
The song was said to be where The Rolling Stones got their name, and Muddy Waters was their inspiration and influence in making their music. The song was released in 1950 as single and peaked at number nine on the Billboard R&B chart.
10. Double Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis (Little Esther & the Robins)
Released as a single under the label Savoy Records in 1950. It went number one on the R&B chart, but despite Savoy Records crediting Otis as the writer, the original writer of the song was Jessie Mae Robinson.