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Elvis released his first record on the Sun label "That's All Right (Mama)" In 1954. Bill Haley & the Comets (earlier the Saddlemen ) had been recording from 1950, and in 1955 released “Rock around the clock'” which featured in the movie “Blackboard Jungle” a film about youthful exuberance, and rebellion. The teenagers bought the record and this opened the door to other artists like Little Richard, Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochrane, Buddy Holly and British artists Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard and Billy Fury. Soon rock and roll was a major force in music and single recordings sales grew to record levels. The person who had the greatest commercial success was Elvis Presley.
The 50’s and early 60’s was the golden era of musicals, the buying public were buying L.P.’s Oklahoma, GiGi, My Fair Lady, The King and I, West Side Story, The Sound Of Music and this was reflected in the album chart ratings of the day. South Pacific was number one in the U.K. for most of 1960.
Solo artists like Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Darin, Paul Anka, Nat "King" Cole and Tony Bennett all had hits in the 50's and continued in the sixties. Female Artists Connie Francis, Peggy Lee, Petula Clark, Patti Page and Brenda Lee to name a few continued having hits.
The Shadows without Cliff began their illustrious career with their U.K. number one Apache.
Moving From the 50’s to the 60’s