Roaring 50s.  For those born in the 50s, they were lulled with popular music or what has been referred to as vocal driven classic pop melodies.  It replaced the big band/swing which was the fad at the end of World War II.  Yet singers during this period still rely on orchestras as their back up.  The 50s generation singers  integrated country, western, rhythm and blues and folk music into the musical mainstream.  And each musical score was a miniature story, with a specific vocalist casted for its performance.

Patti Page unfolded the decade’s biggest hit “Tennessee Waltz” and it was followed by “Mockin Bird Hill.”  These two songs, along with several hits, were virtually the national anthem of urban denizens in the country.  These were familiar hymns whenever mothers (mine included) and young ladies during the period, would croon and mimic the singer including the tune’s deflections.  My toddler ears…

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