The Year is 1957
The year is 1957. Dwight Eisenhower is President, Richard Nixon is Vice President.Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan Show only from the waist up because of him shaking his hips. First nuclear submarine. Race for space begins. "Mad Bomber" plants thirty bombs. Jimmy Hoffa arrested. Hurricane Audrey. American Bandstand begins on ABC. West Side Story Opens. First combat fatality in Vietnam. The first Edsel. Boeing 707 first flight. President Eisenhower suffers a stroke. Elvis Presley first movie, Jailhouse Rock Film opens for first time.
Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
The Everly Brothers were influenced by both country sounds and integrated current day rock and roll. They were known for their use of the steel-string guitar and harmony singing. The Everly Brothers were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and later into the Country Hall of Fame in 2001.
Over the years they have released 21 studio albums, 2 live albums, 29 compilation albums and 75 singles.
Elivis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley was an iconic singer and actor. Viewed as one of the most influential cultural icons of the 20th century. He is often referred to as the King of Rock and Roll and sometimes, simply “the King”. To date, over 137 million of his albums and over one billion total record sales with 600 million of them in the United States alone.
Jailhouse rock was released in 1957 and quickly became a chart topper.
Keep a Knockin
Little Richard is an American musician, song writer, and singer. His influence has affected culture and music for over six decades. Most of his most celebrated work was produced during the 1950’s. He is known for laying the foundation of rock and roll, soul, and funk. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He helped to shatter the “color” line on the music charts. In 2015 he received the Rhapsody and Rhythm Award by the National Museum of African American Music
Buddy Holly was an American signer and songwriter. Before his claim to fame, he was an opener for Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and His Comets. At that point his talents were recognized and he became a main act. In 1957 he had two number one hits: “Peggy Sue”, and “That Will Be The Day”. In 1958 he died in a plane crash and Don McLean wrote the song “The Day the Music Died” as a tribute. Holly greatly influenced later popular music artist including the Beatles.
Love Letters in the Sand
Pat Boone is a singer, songwriter, actor, and motivational speaker. He had 30 top hits during the 50’s and 60’s. He sold over 45 million records and was in more than 12 hollywood films, He was the 2nd biggest charting artist in the late 1950’s only behind Elvis Presley. In the 1960’s he focused on gospel music and began working as a conservative political commentator.
Walkin' After Midnight
Patsy Cline was best known for her country music style of singing. Late she crosses over into pop. She died at age of just 30 in a plane crash. She helped pave the way for other female artist. Her first hits were i 1957. She was the first female artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was ranked as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time. Her records have sold millions since her death.
At The Hop
Danny and the Juniors
Danny and the Juniors are a doo wop and rock and roll quartet. They originated from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The four original members were Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffel, and Joe Terranova. They formed in 1955. Some of their other hits included, Rock ‘n’ roll is Here to Stay, and Twistin’ USA.
Kisses Sweeter than Wine
Jimmie Rodgers was an American country singer known mostly for is rhythmic yodeling. He was also known as the Singing Brakeman, The Blue Yodeler, and the Father of Country Music. He was one of the first three musicians to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. He was ranked into CMT’s 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003.
Little Bitty Pretty One
Thurston Harris first appeared on a record in 1953. He originally was a vocalist for the Lamplighters. He broke away and started recording his own music in 1957. His hit, Little Bitty Pretty One was released on three different colored labels with no explanation. His second and final hit was “Do What You Did”.
Buddy Knox was known as an experimenter. He was one of the first to experiment with songs using several tracks. Other hits, besides Hula Love, was Party Doll, which sold over one million copies, and his next chart topping success, “Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep”. Know was elected to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
I hope you have enjoyed this little trip back to the year 1957. Be sure to check out our tribute to other years. Feel free to leave comments, good or bad. Thanks, Joel
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 17, 2016:
I don't know much about these types of music but some of the names and songs are familiar. What I know I learned way past 1957 and I appreciate the resurrection of the memory. Thank you.