Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin

American Hit Radio: Transistor Days - The End of the ‘50s

Episode 13

Episode date - March 20, 2020

How Music Changed

    As the decade ended, it began to look like rock and roll was also on the way out.

    There were still a few prime examples of excellent rock and roll, but the ratio shrank considerably, while other styles started to compete and even outrun rock and roll music.

    From a quality standpoint, R&B provided the most competition, but novelty records watered down the overall quality of the pop charts. You’ll see both of these trends in this show, including:

    Bongo Rock – Preston Epps

    The Little Space Girl – Jesse Lee Turner

    Sea of Love – Phil Phillips

    What’d I Say (parts 1 and 2) – Ray Charles

    Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke

    Back in the U.S.A. – Chuck Berry

    Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny

    I Loves You Porgy – Nina Simone

    Deck of Cards – Wink Martindale

    Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin

    Mary Lou – Ronnie Hawkins

    Misty – Johnny Mathis

    Channel 151 - American Hit Radio