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Over the years, there have been many different  types of music.
Naturally some styles were more popular than others.
But none can compare to the great sound and enduring popularity of
the "Rock and Roll" music of the late 1950s, and early 1960s.

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The Stroll recorded by The Diamonds in 1958
Written by Clyde Otis & Nancy Lee
I get a lot of questions about how do to the Stroll. It's easy. Here's how:
Form two lines, guys on one side, facing the gals on the other.
The first guy and gal make their way down the line strutting their stuff. Swish and sway your way down the row. At the end, separate with the guy rejoining the mens aisle, the gal lining up with the women.
Then the next couple makes their way down the line.

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
 
                   
Big girls dont cry
Big girls dont cry
 
Big girls dont cry-yi-yi (they dont cry)
Big girls dont cry (who said they dont cry?)
My girl said goodbye-yi-yi (my oh my)
My girl didnt cry (I wonder why)
 
(Silly boy) told my girl we had to break up
(Silly boy) hoped that she would call my bluff
(Silly boy) then she said to my surprise
Big girls dont cry
 
Big girls dont cry-yi-yi (they dont cry)
Big girls dont cry (who said they dont cry?)
 
(Maybe) I was cru-u-uel (I was cruel)
Baby Im a fool (Im such a fool)
 
(Silly girl) Shame on you your mama said
(Silly girl) Shame on you, youre cryin in bed
(Silly girl) Shame on you, you told me lies
Big girls do cry
 
Big girls dont cry-yi-yi (they dont cry)
Big girls dont cry (thats just an alibi)
Big girls dont cry
Big girls dont cry
Big girls dont cry
Big girls dont cry
Big girls dont cry

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The decade of the Fifties gave birth to Rock and Roll. When Bill Haley's Rock Around The Clock became popular in 1955, the nation learned to swing to a whole new sound.

But, Rock wasn't the only music of the Fifties. Other artists with other songs had folks hummin' for much of the decade. Pat Boone, Perry Como and Patti Page - just to mention the "Ps".

The feel-good innocence of a lot of the Fifties music reflects on the post World War II optimism in America. The young people of the time, an emerging force called teenagers, hadn't struggled through the war years. They were looking for something more exciting. They discovered that vitality in Rock and Roll.

During the Fifties both styles of music co-existed quite nicely.

Some of the music you associate with the Fifties was actually recorded in the Sixties. Blue Moon, by the Marcels, for example. And all of the "girl groups" are from the 60's. When you look at the dates, musically the styles tend to break off mid-decade. The tunes from '55-'64 are pretty much alike. Things don't change much until the British musical invasion of U.S. and the U.S. military invasion of Viet Nam, from around '64-'74.

1. Bubblegum - 1950 to 1954
2. Early Rock - 1955 to 1964
3. Serious Rock - 1965 to 1974
4. Disco - 1975 to 1980
5. Beats The Hell Outta Me - 1981 to Present

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