Gene Vincent: Be-Bop-A-Lula

American Hit Radio: Transistor Days - Winter/Spring 1956

Episode 3

Episode date - January 3, 2020

How Music Changed

    What a difference a year made! 1955 came in supporting one of the tamest, lamest musical years in the history of recording, but the intensely conservative mood caused a backlash that resulted in R&B artists charting on the pop charts to middle American teenagers.

    1956 was to prove that the change was no fluke. It was still a battle, but the ratio of good to bad songs increased dramatically, giving parents everywhere significant cause for concern, especially as the music grew even more raucous. These were heady days and 1956 was most certainly an exciting and confusing year to be a teenager.

    Featured tracks include:

    Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

    Mack the Knife – Louis Armstrong

    Speedo – The Cadillacs

    Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) – Perry Como

    Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley

    Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins

    (You’ve Got) The Magic Touch – The Platters

    Why Do Fools Fall in Love – The Diamonds

    Long Tall Sally – Little Richard

    Long Tall Sally – Pat Boone

    I’m In Love Again – Fats Domino

    Transfusion – Nervous Norvus

    Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent

    Channel 151 - American Hit Radio