1954: The Golden Year of Popular Music:
It was All About Love, Folks! Pop music reached its zenith in 1954, the same year that America's first rock and roll tune, Rock Around the Clock, made its debut.
Don Robertson Dovesong.com
Pop Music's "golden decade", from the fall of the Big bands to the rise of Rock and Roll (1946-1955) was a sound track to the returning veterans world war II. The male and female singers, the ensemble vocal groups and the orchestras and arrangers made this 10 years the Golden Era of pop songs. Lean back, close your eyes, and remember a time of pony tails, pleated skirts, penny loafers and music you could sing along with.
"Class of 1954" hosts the sounds of the time, at that place where the 20th Century Limited crosses Route 66 at a place called Tuxedo Junction, and everybody is . . . . . . . forever young.
are the days when you could turn on your radio to your favorite station and listen
to tunes and artists from the late '40's
and early '50s.
today when you find a CD of 50's music,
it is normally early rock or do-wop from
the last half of the 50's.
me, 50's music consists of artists like
Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee,
June Christy, Frankie Laine, Les Paul and
Mary Ford, Rosemary Clooney, Guy Mitchell
and many others that got their
start in the '40's (some in the '30's). The big bands
were still around and still provided
dance music but mostly became backup for
the singers. You may even hear some
artists you have forgot about. While
the great majority of music on the station
are recordings from the States, I have a
number of artists from other countries with
some great songs.
100 recordings from 1950 through 1954 are
featured on "Class of 1954" along with others from
the late '40's, early '50's (and a few through the late '50's
if they were by artists that were popular
in the previous 10 years, or by request). I
have avoided most of the early rock and
the "do-wop". The
entire list of songs playing on the station
on the "Now Playing" page.
station name comes from the year I
graduated from high school. We
listened to our favorite AM stations and
our favorite DJ's, to songs that were
sung, not shouted.
message board is available to discuss the
music from this era. If you
are trying to remember a name of a song,
an artist or have other questions or
comments, the visitors to this site might
be able to help through the board.
a few of the recordings are from 78's and
45's. So, there may be scratches
that I missed here and
there. There are some from cd's that have
re-mastered the early recordings.
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