Classical music memories from superstars like Elvis Presley and simple melodies like Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino have come out of the 1950s and maintained their status to this day as some of the most respectable and innovative music of all time. A reflection of the times in America, the music industry started to make the most dynamic music of all time through mixing two cultures that were previously so divided.
Pat Boone had an old school classical style of rock that started in the early 1950’s and appealed to a broad audience before Elvis Presley broke on the scene in the mid 1950’s and became the face of rock and roll through his good looks, deep voice and star quality. Elvis got into Hollywood and broke the glass ceiling for musical superstars of such a wide spread phenomenon. For the first time ever, entertainment was breaking through to people in their homes through new methods of technology, allowing musical artists and record labels to push the music industry even further into mainstream media.
1957 marks the debut of American Bandstand on cable television which made Dick Clark a huge star along with multiple musical superstars, popularizing the visual rock and roll look through the television screen. Country music and classic pop all ran alongside rock and roll in popularity but none had quite the same phenomenon style of popularity. Rockabilly and gospel were all sub genres of the time and music fans were starting to become more generational, separating what the elders and the children were each listening to.
By the 1960s Elvis had left for war and Buddy Holly tragically died marking the end of the fifties as a trying time for rock and roll. The start of the fifties were a booming time for rock and roll with the first musical phenomenon emerging but as the decade came to a close and the sixties were rolling in, rock and roll started to die down and other genres were on the rise.