Arts & Entertainment

- During the 1950's -

- Music -

- Rock 'N' Roll -

In the early and mid 1950's, artists like Richard Penniman, Chuck berry, Bill Haley and His Comets, and Elvis Presley brought a new form of music called rock 'n' roll. The music's heavy rhythm simple melodies, and lyrics - featuring love, cars, and problems of being young - grabbed the attention of teenagers and young adults across the country.

Elvis Presley

Elvis, the unofficial "King of Rock 'N' Roll," first developed his musical style by singing in church and listening to gospel, country, and blues on the radio. When he was young, his mother gave him a guitar, and years later he paid four dollars of his own money to record two songs in 1953. Sam Phillips, a rhythm and blues producer, discovered him and produced his first records. In 1955, Phillips sold Presley's contract to RCA for $35,000.

Some of Presley's most famous songs are "heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", "All Shook Up", Don't Be Cruel", and "Burning Love." His rebellious style made him a superstar.