ROCK UK 50s
The advent of rockabilly in the mid-1950s in America spawned the launch of rock'n'roll in England. The first famous British rockers were Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Jim Dale and Cliff Richard in 1956-58, soon joined in the Charts in 1959 by Vince Taylor, Billy Fury, Adam Faith and West Indies born singer Emile Ford. As for the impact of this first wave of British rock, John Lennon (1940-1980) is remembered for stating in later interviews: "Before Elvis, there was nothing" and "Before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music". Whilst the song 'Move it' (1958) is reputed to have been the first non-American rock hit, Billy Fury's cover of 'Wondrous place' (1960, orig. Jimmy Jones, USA) still ranks among the great rock classics today.
∙ 1956 ∙ Rock with the cavemen / Singing the blues (Tommy Steele) ∙ 1957 ∙ Be my girl (Jim Dale) ∙ Honeycomb (Marty Wilde) ∙ Rockin' at the two I's (Wee Willie Harris) ∙ 1958 ∙ Endless sleep (Marty Wilde) ∙ The story of my life (Michael Holliday) Move it (Cliff Richard) ∙ 1959 ∙ Living doll / Down the line (Cliff Richard) ∙ Brand new Cadillac (Vince Taylor) ∙ What do you want? (Adam Faith) ∙ What do you want to make those eyes at me for? (Emile Ford) ∙ Primrose Lane (Dickie Pride) ∙ Only sixteen (Craig Douglas) ∙ Teenager in love (Marty Wilde) ∙ Maybe tomorrow (Billy Fury) ∙ 1960 ∙ Wondrous place (Billy Fury) ∙