Young Blood – The Coasters

American Hit Radio: Transistor Days - Summer of 57

Episode 6

Episode date - January 24, 2020

How Music Changed

    By the Summer of 1957, you could almost feel the major labels straining their necks to retain relevance in a sea of regional label-sponsored rock and roll.

    A backlash had always existed, but instead of fighting rock and roll head on by ignoring it (a strategy that obviously did not work), the major labels took an “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” mentality. It started when Elvis signed with RCA, and now even staid old Columbia Records began to begrudgingly add music deliberately marketed to teenagers. Rock and Roll was in such full swing that it pretty much called the shots, at least for time being.

    Featured tracks include:

    School Day – Chuck Berry

    Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers

    Lucille – Little Richard

    Searchin’ – The Coasters

    Young Blood – The Coasters

    Wonderful! Wonderful! – Johnny Mathis

    It’s Not For Me To Say – Johnny Mathis

    Shangri-La – The Four Coins

    Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis

    Words of Love – The Diamonds

    Suzie Q – Dale Hawkins

    Let the Four Winds Blow – Roy Brown

    That’ll Be the Day – Buddy Holly

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