Following the destruction of Second World War, people wanted to have fun and this is when music introduced a cultural change. To be precise, it was the 50s 60s era when rock music rose to prominence. Dances became popular and record labels began to make money. The music of the 50s 60s era holds a special bond with those who grew up listening to it. From rock and roll to blues and Motown, the period marks the most significant decades in music history. Some of the celebrated artists include Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The 4 Seasons and many others.
In the early fifties, ballroom dancing was quite popular. The older generation was mostly inspired by Perry Como's relaxed style while the younger audiences were influenced by Frankie Lane's cowboy songs. Shortly afterwards, the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley appeared on the music scene. During the 50s 60s era, several musicians tried to copy Elvis. Long before his death, some singers even created their whole act/persona around Elvis in order to pay tribute to his musical accomplishments. These impersonators emulate the King's musical style very closely; hence it seems as if Elvis is still living with us today.
In the late fifties, many English artists used to listen and copy the songs that were originally made in the US. Some of these artists include Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison. One of the most famous artists of fifties was Frankie Laine whose famous singles Jezebel, Rose, Rose, I Love You and Moonlight Gambler became the top-ten hits of fifties.
The early sixties saw one of the biggest musical sensations, the British rock band, The Beatles make their debut. It was through The Ed Sullivan Show The Beatles were introduced to America. The Beatles was the first British band of its time to hit the top spot on Billboard Hot 100 charts. The band's famous song, I Want to Hold Your Hand, which most of us remember by heart, spent fifteen weeks on the chart. To date, this band enjoys the privilege of being the top-selling English rock and roll band of not only the 60s but of all time. During the same era, other rock and roll bands also began to emerge. Some of the noted ones include The Rolling Stones and Chad and Jeremy. Formed in 1962, The Rolling Stones is famous for music genres such as rhythm and blues, blues-rock and rock. They released several chartbusting songs such as Let's Spend the Night Together, Ruby Tuesday and 19th Nervous Breakdown, all of which have a special place in the hearts of their fans.
Mid & Late Sixties
In the mid sixties, Bob Dylan enthralled folk music lovers by using a unique combination of electric guitar and folk songs. The talented musician adopted the ideas from traditional music but gave them a contemporary feel. Since the mid sixties, groups such as Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead and The Doors and Jefferson Airplane also rose to prominence. The 50s 60s era tickets will leave you nostalgic as it brings music that you could relish for the rest of your life.