Give the Youngsters Some Classics from the 50s - Name 5

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  1. Rick330man

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    We're talking music from an era before many of us - including me - were even born!

    My "boys" are now young men, but I was impressed throughout their middle school years how much they and their friends got into the music of the 60s. But none of their friends cared anything for 1950's music. That seems to be changing a little now as I'm finding more of today's teenagers discovering the music of the early days of rock and roll.

    If a teenager approached you today and asked you for five great songs from the 50's that you would recommend that he or she listen to, what would they be? My five:

    (1) Oh Boy! - Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
    (2) A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter
    (3) Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
    (4) The Great Pretender - the Platters
    (5) Rumble - Link Wray and the Raymen

    I've got a fair collection of 45 RPM records from that era, and I can think of many other good songs to include. However, I've limited this list to five thinking there will be lots of diversity reflected in the answers.
     
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    johnny b goode - chuck berry

    jailhouse rock - elvis

    at the hop - danny and the juniors

    whole lotta shakin goin on - jerry lee lewis

    bebop a lula gene vincent
     
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    It seems that you're missing precursors to the more raucous '60's Rock 'n Roll. Is Johnny B. Goode just too cliched to include?
     
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    1) C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
    2) Be Bop A Lula - Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
    3) Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
    4) Please Please Please - James Brown
    5) I Got a Woman - Ray Charles
     
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    I’d recommend:
    Young Love by Sonny James
    A White Sport Coat by Marty Robbins
    Are You Sincere by Elvis (or Marty Robbins)
    You Belong To Me by Jo Stafford
    Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny
     
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    I'm partial to these that haven't been named yet:
    Get A Job - The Silhouettes
    Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
    Beep Beep - The Playmates
    Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
    Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry
    Tutti Frutti - Little Richard

    Yeah, I know I listed 6. Sue me. :lol:
     
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    Party Doll—Buddy Knox
    Keep a Knockin’—Little Richard
    Good Rockin’ Tonight—Elvis Presley
    Blue Suede Shoes—Carl Perkins
    That’ll Be The Day—Buddy Holly

    For a little extra fun, play your boys “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” by Buddy Holly, then play them the same song as interpreted by Marty Stuart and Steve Earle to show them how the same great song can indeed be elevated to become a Stones-y country rocker.
     
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    Johnny B Goode- Chuck
    Great Balls of Fire-Jerry Lee
    Rip It Up- Little Richard
    Hound Dog- Elvis
    Blue Suede Shoes- Carl
     
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    Carl who?

    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::rolleyes:
     
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    I’d also play deep cuts like Honey Don’t and Everybody’s Tryin’ to be My Baby, back to back with the early Beatles versions of the same song, to help illustrate how these guys influenced the Beatles. You could do the same with chuck berry, jimmy reed and the Stones. Shoot, Chuck with the Beatles and Beach Boys too.
     
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    Also, it’s not exactly the songs people automatically think of when you start listing early rock, but I never tire of the magnificent harmonies of the Everly Brothers. Also hugely influential.

    I’d like to scratch Party Doll off my first list and replace it with Bye Bye Love.
     
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    That’s always been one of my favorite eras of music. It was way before my time, but my Dad had (and still has) a huge collection of 45’s from his high school days, and some of my earliest and best memories are of evenings sitting in the living room with my dad listening to them as he played me his favorites and told me about the artists.

    These are just five I like that come to mind, repeats or not.

    My Baby Left Me - Elvis
    Sh-boom - The Chords (not the Crew Cuts!)
    Sleepwalk - Santo and Johnny
    My Prayer - The Platters
    Searchin’ - The Coasters

    And from a guitar perspective, any Gene Vincent tune with Cliff Gallup on it.
     
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    Dang, i forgot Sh-Boom. Love the breakdown into jazz.
     
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    its too iconic to be cliche
     
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    Agreed, and that was my point. My response was a gentle poke to the OP, hit return before your's came on screen. Edited to be a response to OP to clarify.
     
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    Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel
    Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go
    Link Wray - Rumble
    Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
    Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
     
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    Many great suggestions. Now for my volume II:

    It's Late - Rick Nelson
    I Wonder Why? - Dion and the Belmonts
    Diana - Paul Anka
    Raunchy - Bill Justis
    Sorry, I Ran All the Way Home - the Impalas

    I can think of a ton more.
     
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    Oh Boy- Buddy Holly
    Don’t be Cruel- Elvis Presley
    Only the Lonely- Roy Orbison
    Something Else- Eddie Cochran
    Mona Lisa- Carl Mann
     
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    Yep, like this one, from Live at the BBC. I still like this.



    Original...Lonesome Tears in My Eyes- Johnny Burnette and his Rock 'n' Roll Trio

     
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    Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler
    Sixteen Candles - Crests
    Dedicated To The One I Love - Shirelles
    Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & the Imperials
    All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
     
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