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Music of the 1950's

When the 1950's are mentioned, the first type of music to come to most people's minds is rock 'n roll . Developed from a blend of Southern blues and gospel music with an added strong back beat, this type of music was popular with teenagers who were trying to break out of the mainstream conservative American middle class mold. Popular artists such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis were promoted on radio as popular disc-jockeys (DJ's) like Alan Freed and the Big Bopper. The deaths of Lubbock singer Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper is still very popular among fans. The influence of these early rockers has been felt in popular music worldwide.

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