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The 1950's

The 1950's

The 1950's were a time of changes and the music of the decade both reflected the cultural changes that were happening while still holding on to the societal norms of the past. Following the detrimental effects of World War II, the United States was about to embark on a musical journey that would change the face of music for decades to come.

Popular music dominated the charts for the first half of the decade. Vocal driven classic pop replaced big band/swing at the end of World War II, although it often used orchestras to back the vocalists. 1940s style Crooners vied with a new generation of big voiced singers, many drawing on Italian Canto Bella traditions.

Rock and roll dominated popular music in the later half of the 1950s. The musical style originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, and quickly spread to much of the rest of the world. Its immediate origins lay in a mixing together of various black musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel music; with country and western and Pop.

The 1950s saw the growth in popularity of the electric guitar (developed and popularized by Les Paul). Paul's hit records like "How High the Moon", and "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise", helped lead to the development of a specifically rock and roll style of playing of such exponents as Chuck Berry, Link Wray, and Scotty Moore. Chuck Berry, who is considered to be one of the pioneers of Rock and roll music, refined and developed the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, focusing on teen life and introducing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Elvis Presley (ELPR001ALWE)

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley taking a nap in July 1956 on the Southern Railroad between Chattanooga, heading towards Memphis, Tennessee, his home.

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Elvis Presley (ELPR001MOHO)

Elvis Presley

Limited edition of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of Elvis Presley's 'That's All Right' vinyl single

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Elvis Presley (ELPR002ALWE)

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley combing his hair in the men's room in the Mosque Theatre, Richmond, Virginia in June 1956

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Johnny Cash (CASH002DONH)

Johnny Cash

Photographer Don Hunstein shot this rural side of Johnny Cash relaxing on his farm in San Antonio, Texas in 1959.

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Johnny Cash (CASH003DONH)

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash during a recording session at the Columbia Records 30th Street Studios in New York City in October 1959.

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Johnny Cash (CASH005DONH)

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash at home on his farm in San Antonio, Texas in 1959. He always had a fondness for San Antonio.

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Miles Davis (MD001DONH)

Miles Davis

Miles Davis with John Coltrane during the recording sessions for 'Kind of Blue' at Columbia Studios in New York in the Spring of 1959

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Miles Davis (MD002DONH)

Miles Davis

Miles Davis during the recording sessions for 'Kind of Blue' taken in New York in the Spring of 1959

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The Jam

Contact sheet of The Jam's photo shoot for the cover of their debut album 'In The City'

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David Bowie

Exclusive David Bowie print specially created by The Postman for Rockarchive, based on a photograph taken by Dave Hogan at Live Aid in 1985

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Clash, The (CL002SSHE)

The Clash

The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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Jarvis Cocker

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Adam Ant

Adam Ant photographed by Jill Furmanovsky during a cover shoot for The Face magazine in February 1981

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U2

U2 on top of a hotel roof in Cork, Ireland on a cold February morning in 1980

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Oasis

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Amy Winehouse onstage at the V Festival in 2008, photograph taken by photographer Mark Mawston

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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

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Rolling Stones, The

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