Rock ‘n’ Roll/Teen Rebels

During the 1950s many African Americans migrated into the urban cities for jobs, which caused for African Americans and whites to be in close proximity to each other. Because they were close to each other their music and other things over lapped. This over lap caused for the birth of Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll is the combination of the Rhythm and Blues. Some historic Rock and Roll artist like Elvis Presley, Fat Domino, Chuck Berry, and Little Riche had a huge impact on shaping the way Rock and Roll is viewed today. Elvis Presley was one of the most popular Rock and Roll musicians during the 20th century. He was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi.  After moving to Memphis, Tennessee he started his career in 1954 recording at Sun Records. He released his first record “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956, which was an instant number one hit. Presley was an important figure on the Rock and Roll scene because he helped move rock and roll forward and brought a lot of social change in America.

During the 1950’s many parents did not like Rock and Roll because they thought that it caused juvenile delinquency. At the time the music contained sexual connotation, this vulgarism and suggestive choice of words made the teens want to listen to it more because their parents did not approve and teens felt like they had something to belong to. Many parents at the time gave their children ultimatums to stop listening to the music but it was unsuccessful. Parents feared that their children would start to act and dress like these musicians. So, parents tried to ban Rock and Roll music from many radio stations at the time. Bruce Tucker author of “Tell Tchaikovsky the News: Postmodernism, Popular Culture, and the Emergence of Rock and Roll” say in his journal “Urging juke box operators to purge “immoral” records…brings out animalism and vulgarity” (40-41). This refers to the parent generations hate for Rock and Roll music because these parents thought Rock and Roll was a bad influence on their children. Parents feared that with increasing crime rates that their children would take up the acts of the musicians they loved and the criminals.


Juke Box 

Elvis Presley

Chuck Berry

Elvis Presley

Fat Domino

Little Rickard

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