Tag Archives: 50s
Just Something Silly I Did:
I saw this graphic from a 1954 toothpaste advertisement: And added vampire fangs:
This wasn’t a big hit for Little Richard, but I think it ranks among his very best. There’s less whooping and hollering, but a lot more emotion.
Flip, flop, and…
Full lyrics HERE.
I don’t like it but…
A simple little song about accepting unhappy situations. Full lyrics HERE.
Pretty suggestive for 1959!
Minnie & Rod
Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield were close friends, and even though their material hasn’t aged well it’s still fun to see them enjoying each other’s company. Minnie Pearl has a smile that could turn winter into spring. 😀
Sad to Say
Harry Belafonte was a favorite of my mother’s. While in college in the 50s, she sneaked off to see him perform live. She had most of his albums, and now I have them. Full lyrics HERE.
The cause of an incident
I bought Sammy Davis Jr.’s autobiography Yes I Can at a charity sale for $1, and it has far exceeded my expectations. I had no idea of the hell he went through on his way to becoming a headliner. In this excerpt he has just begun to have some success as an entertainer, but is …
Part Of Me Still
Blueberry Hill was written in 1940, the music by Vincent Rose and the lyrics by Larry Stock and Al Lewis. Louis Armstrong had a hit with it in 1949– seven years before Fats Domino’s version went to number one.
Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty
In her autobiography Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue? ©2008, Peggy Sue Gerron– the inspiration for the Buddy Holly song “Peggy Sue“– writes of the reverse-discrimination The Crickets endured during their first tour in 1957: Jerry had told me about some of the problems the four Crickets had encountered on the tour. There was no set …
He never washed his face and he never combed his hair…
Full lyrics HERE.
Yet another excerpt from Eddie Cantor‘s autobiography The Way I See It, © 1959: “Lack of communication is the big problem in marriages today… I’d much rather see a husband and wife argue, even heatedly, than see one of them go silent and walk out of the room.” Note those quotes? This is the opinion …
This seems like a weird song for a newlywed to sing, but it just occurred to me: maybe his inspiration was his old group, The Crickets, with whom he’d recently parted ways. Full lyrics HERE.
Not Fade Away
We all know now how their stories ended, but when this was filmed nobody knew: This colour clip was shot silent in 1955 in Oklahoma City while Holly and Elvis Presley were working the two bottom slots on a country package tour headlined by Hank Snow — and apparently represents not only the earliest film …