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50s R&B

The music that helped birth early rock and roll. Featuring the great R&B and urban blues stars of the late 40s and early 50s, and those who stayed with the raw music even after rock took off.
  1. 50s R&B Artists (29)

What is Jump Blues?
One of the major stylistic foundations of rock, "jump blues" was a hopped-up, hard version of R&B. It would be impossible to imagine Little Richard, for example, without it! Read more about the style here, and how its influence was felt for decades.

What Is Boogie-Woogie?
A basic guide to "Boogie Woogie" music, its best and most popular artists, bands, 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.

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About's own Reverend Keith A. Gordon has a wealth of information on his site about Blues music of the immediate postwar period.

Fats Domino's 10 Biggest Hits
The biggest of Fats Domino's ridiculous amount of Top 40 hits from the '50s and '60s, the ballads, the strolls, the jump blues! Classic New Orleans R&B from the Fifties from your Oldies Guide at About.com!

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1951
The ten biggest and best R&B hits of 1951, including West Coast Blues, Chicago Blues, Jump Blues, and Delta Blues! A tribute to the best rhythm and blues hits of 1951. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1952
The ten biggest and best R&B hits of 1952, including West Coast Blues, Chicago Blues, New Orleans Piano, and jazz-pop! A tribute to the best rhythm and blues hits of 1952. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1954
The ten biggest and best R&B hits of 1954, including the rise of doo wop and the last gasp of straight electric blues. A tribute to the best rhythm and blues hits of 1954. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1955 - '50s Rhythm and Blues - Oldies Music

Little Willie John: In the Spotlight
Little Willie John may have been the first true soul singer, but he rarely crossed over to the pop charts, and many of his biggest R&B hits are better known by later artists' cover versions -- "Fever," "Need Your Love So Bad," "Leave My Kitten Alone." His brief career and tragically short life nevertheless influenced all the great soul singers. This portrait of Little Willie John, including history, songs, chart hits, and trivia, is one of several bios on the most popular artists of rock's first era, written and compiled by your Oldies Guide at About.com.

The Top 10 R&B Hits of 1957
The ten biggest and best R&B hits of 1957, including Doo-wop, New Orleans Soul, soul-blues, and more! A tribute to the best rhythm and blues hits of 1957. From your Oldies Guide at About.com.

The 10 Greatest R&B Hits of 1958
The ten biggest and best R&B hits of 1958, including Doo-wop, New Orleans Soul, dance songs, instrumentals, and more! A tribute to the best rhythm and blues hits of 1958. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.

The 10 Greatest R&B Hits of 1959
The ten biggest and best R&B hits of 1959, including Doo-wop, swamp-pop, early soul, novelties, and more! A tribute to the best rhythm and blues hits of 1959. From your Oldies Expert at About.com.

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