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Greastest Rock and Roll Artists of the 1950's

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Rated 0 points - posted 11 years ago by BradHemphill in category Music.
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Elvis Presley Report Abuse
Sure he borrowed a lot, but who did it better?
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Little Richard Report Abuse
The Queen of Rock and Roll was unmatched as an entertainer.
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Buddy Holly Report Abuse
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Bill Haley Report Abuse
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Fats Domino Report Abuse
Hit after hit throughout the decade.
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Carl Perkins Report Abuse
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Chuck Berry Report Abuse
Maybe rocks single most influential artist.
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Jerry Lee Lewis Report Abuse
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Ritchie Valens Report Abuse
A powerful influence who was silenced on "the day the music died": "La Bamba", "You're Mine", "Donna", "Come On Let's Go".
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The Platters Report Abuse
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The Everly Brothers Report Abuse
Took the Louvin Brothers sounds and ideas into the pop mainstream.
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Ricky Nelson Report Abuse
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Sam Cooke Report Abuse
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Bobby Darin Report Abuse
Started with silly pop rock, but evolved into a slick stage presence. Offended uptight parents with his best song: "If I Were A Carpenter". Married movie princess Sandra Dee in the early '60s, and died at age 37 of complications from heart surgery.
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Bo Diddley Report Abuse
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The Drifters Report Abuse
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Jimmy Reed Report Abuse
His oddly slow singing and guitar playing style influenced many who came after him. "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby", "Honest I Do", "Big Boss Man", & "Baby What You Want Me to Do" are probably his best.
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Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers Report Abuse
A teenage phenomenon of the late 50s. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "The ABC's Of Love" & "Goody Goody".
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The Coasters Report Abuse
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Joe Turner Report Abuse
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Eddie Cochran Report Abuse
An early rocker who died in a car accident in 1960 at age 21. "C'mon Everybody", "Somethin' Else" and "Summertime Blues"
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Jackie Wilson Report Abuse
"Mr. Excitement" had perhaps the best voice of the decade: "Lonely Teardrops", "Doggin' Around", "Higher And Higher".
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Hank Ballard Report Abuse
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A founder who didn't expect royalties when other artists covered his music. As a result, the writer of "The Twist" didn't get a dime when Chubby Checker covered it, creating a national craze.
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The Turbans Report Abuse
Their hit "When You Dance" may have been the song that gave a name to the tight harmony, up-beat music eventually known as Do wop, which dominated early Rock and Roll. Without a doubt, its roots are Rythm and Blues.
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