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50s Pop

The music of the early Fifties, before rock and roll took over, including show tunes, ballads, dance songs, as well as the singers and big swinging bands that made them possible!

What is 50s Pop?
A basic guide to Fifties Pop music, its best and most popular artists, composers, singers, and songs, and a history of how the style fits into other areas of pop and rock music. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

Dean Martin
Dean Martin's boozy playboy persona and velvet croon made him the smoothest cat in the Rat Pack, and also ensured him lots of enduring hits like "Sway," "That's Amore," and "Everybody Loves Somebody." This Dean Martin profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 20th century, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Eddie Fisher
All about Eddie Fisher, the "Jewish Sinatra" who ruled the pop charts in the early 50s with songs like "Oh My Papa" before a scandal with Debbie...

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra was the original teen idol, the original pop icon, and one of the finest singers in 20th century music with hits like "Fly Me To The Moon," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "New York, New York." This Frank Sinatra profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 20th century, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Johnny Mathis
The king of romantic "make-out" music, Johnny Mathis was the preeminent crooner of the Fifties and early Sixties, scoring hits on the pop, R&B, and adult contemporary charts with modern standards like "Misty," "Chances Are," and "The Twelfth Of Never." This Johnny Mathis profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the rock and roll oldies era, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Les Paul
Les Paul remains the most famous name in guitars, but before his many innovations in the development of the electric guitar, he was already regarded as one of the world's leading jazz guitarists, also creating pop hits like "How High The Moon" with wife Mary Ford. This Les Paul profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett personified the "bel canto" style of Italian-American pop music in the Fifties and Sixties with classics like "Rags To Riches" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." This Tony Bennett profile is the latest in a series on music's most popular artists of the 20th century, written and compiled by your oldies Guide here at About.com.

What is Vocal Group music?
Vocal group music - what it is, where it came from, and how this jazz and pop hybrid became the foundation for doo-wop and modern R&B. Includes info on the style's major singers, groups, and songs. From the Oldies music guide at About.com.

In the Spotlight: Patti Page
Patti Page, "the Singing Rage" who defined pre-rock pop with "Tennessee Waltz" and "How Much is That Doggie in the Window?" was perhaps the preeminent female crooner of the immediate postwar era. A musical biography from the Oldies Guide at About.com.

Instrumentals: The 10 Best Pop Instrumentals of the 50s
The best pop instrumentals of the Fifties, including classic movie themes, foreign folk songs, exotica, and more! A tribute to the best music without words of pop's postwar period. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.

Frank Sinatra: The Essential Albums, Movies, and Books
The essential basics to starting a Frank Sinatra collection, including his albums, dvds, films and relevant books. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.

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