RnB 50s

 

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RnB 50s

RnB 50s Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke

RnB 50s :  Nat King Cole ∙  Ray Charles ∙  Sam Cooke

RnB 50s

The advent of rock in 1947 revolutionized not only American folk and country music but also boogie-woogie, blues, jazz, swing-jazz, gospel and vocals. In the following years, each of these musical genres integrated in its own ways the moods, rhythms and instruments of rock 'n' roll. Beginning in 1950, Rythm'n' Blues (RnB USA) was the music scene where the most popular and high-profile musical genres developed as a result of the aforementioned evolution. As such, RnB defined the modern pop music of Afro-American communities. Throughout the 50s, its most successful subgenres were gospel pop, vocals, rock and blues:

  • RnB gospel built on the popular gospel forms developed in 1941-46 by the spirituals vocal ensemble The Jubalaires; it spanned in 1952-55 with The Soul Stirrers, The 5 Royales, singer Faye Adams and even more significantly in 1957-1964 with Sam Cooke's stellar streak of 30 hits;
  • RnB vocals followed the musical style launched in the 30s by The Mills Brothers and the headways made in the 40s on the crooner scene by jazz vocalist Nat King Cole ; it gave birth to the Doo-wop frenzy in the mid-50s  with serial hits by new vocals bands like the Platters, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, the Moonglows, the Five Satins, the Coasters or the Drifters with Ben. E. King;
  • RnB rock had its roots in the late 1940s as derived from boogie, blues and swing-jazz (see Rock USA 40s);
  • RnB blues modernized and expanded with Screaming Jay Hawkins delivering spectacular acts, B. B. King turning blues into elaborate jazzy blues-rock and with a number of individual songs that began to foster the genre's mass popularity and have since become classics, e.g. 'Crawling king snake' (1949), 'Rollin' stone' (1950), 'Hound dog' (1953), 'On the road again' (1953), 'Dimples' (1956), 'I pity the fools' (1961).

RnB GOSPEL  ∙  1946  ∙  Noah (The Jubalaires, gospel spirituals)  ∙  1950  ∙  Jesus gave me water  (The Soul Stirrers ft Sam Cooke)  ∙  1952  ∙  Baby don't do it (The 5 Royales)  ∙  1953  ∙  Help me somebody/Crazy crazy crazy (The 5 Royales)  ∙  Shake a hand (Faye Adams)  ∙  1954  ∙  Dreaming of the Ladies in the moon (The Jubalaires)  ∙  1957  ∙  Dedicated to the one I love (The 5 Royales)  ∙  You send me (Sam Cooke)  ∙  1959  ∙  Only sixteen (Sam Cooke)  ∙  What a difference a day made (Dinah Washington)  ∙

RnB VOCALS & DOO-WOP  ∙  1932-1940s THE MILLS BROTHERS:  1932 I ain't got nobody  ∙  1933 The old man of the fountain  ∙  1934 Swing it, sister  ∙  1943 Paper doll  ∙  1944 You always hurt the one you love  ∙  1950  ∙  Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)  ∙  1951  ∙  Too young  (Nat King Cole, ver. 1961)  ∙  Fool fool fool (The Clovers)  ∙  1952  ∙  The glow-worm (The Mills Brothers)  ∙  1953  ∙  Crying in the Chapel (The Orioles)  ∙  1955  ∙  Only you (The Platters)  ∙  1956  ∙  In the still of the night (The Five Satins ft Fred Parris)  ∙  Why do fools fall in love (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers)  ∙   Over and over again (The Moonglows)  ∙  Love is strange (Mickey & Sylvia)  ∙  1958  ∙  Little bitty pretty one (Frankie Lymon)  ∙  Book of love (The Monotones)  ∙  Get a job (The Silhouettes)  ∙  Three cool cats (The Coasters)  ∙  1959  ∙  Charlie Brown (The Coasters)  ∙  Shout  (The Isley Brothers)  ∙  There goes my baby (The Drifters ft Ben E. King)  ∙  Handyman (Jimmy Jones)  ∙  Tears on my pilow (Little Anthony)  ∙

RnB ROCK  ∙  1950  ∙  Teardrops from my eyes (Ruth Brown)  ∙  Cupid's boogie (Esther Phillips & Mel Walker)  ∙  1951  ∙  Rocket 88  (Ike Turner & Jackie Brenston)  ∙  Sixty minute man (Billy Ward & The Dominoes)  ∙  1952  ∙  Ring-a-ding-doo (Johnny Otis & Esther Phillips)  ∙  1953  ∙  Money honey  (Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters)  ∙  1954  ∙  Shake rattle' roll  (Big Joe Turner)  ∙  Work with me Annie  (Hank Ballard & The Midnighters)  ∙  1955  ∙  Wallflower (roll with me Henry!)  (Etta James & The Peaches)  ∙  Pretty thing  (Bo Diddley)  ∙  1956  ∙  Tutti frutti / Long tall Sally  (Little Richard)  ∙  Please please please (James Brown & the Famous Flames, ver. 1964)  ∙  1957  ∙  Bony Moronie (Larry Williams)  ∙  1958  ∙  Sweet little sixteen  (Chuck Berry)  ∙  1959  ∙  What'd I say  (Ray Charles)  ∙  That's why (I love you so) (Jackie Wilson)  ∙  Jump children  (The Flamingos)  ∙

RnB BLUES  ∙  1949  ∙  Crawling king snake (John Lee Hooker)  ∙  1950  ∙  Rollin' stone (Muddy Waters)  ∙  1951  ∙  How many more years (Howlin' Wolf)  ∙  1953  ∙  Why did you waste my time (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)  ∙  The things that I used to do  (Guitar Slim)  ∙  Hound dog / Hound dog live (Big Mama Thornton)  ∙  Mistery Train (Junior Parker)  ∙  On the road again (Floyd Jones)  ∙  1954  ∙  I got a woman (Ray Charles)  ∙  High and lonesome (Jimmy Reed)  ∙  1956  ∙  I put a spell on you (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)  ∙  Everyday I have the blues  (B.B. King)  ∙  Dimples (John Lee Hooker, ver. 1997)  ∙  Keep it to Yourself (Sonny Boy Williamson, ver. 1963)  ∙  1957  ∙  I'm a King bee (Slim Harpo)  ∙  1958  ∙  Stone crazy (Buddy Guy)  ∙  1959  ∙  Come go with me/Lightnin's blues (Lightnin' Hopkins) ∙  Maudie (John Lee Hooker, ver. 1968)  ∙  She left me a mule to ride (Big Joe Williams, ver. 1966)  ∙  My baby just cares for me (Nina Simone)  ∙

RnB 50s

JOURNEY THROUGH 400 RnB SOUL SONGS

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