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19 January 2015

Welcome to Rock and Roll

Ready to enjoy some personally chosen Rock and Roll favorites from the exciting fifties and and early sixties? Then put on your headphones, or turn up your speakers, and tap those feet to the sounds of that awesome era of back-beat that still lives on in various forms today, more than half a century later.

Looking for a specific song? Click on the Song Index tab at the top.

Personal favorites were not necessarily top hits

Note that the songs on this Rock and Roll Favorites website are personal favorites of mine or of some of the visitors to this site. Many songs may well have been hits in their day too, but many were not. They're just on this site because they are favorites.

Addition of videos

Now that more and more songs from the fifties and early sixties are finding their way onto YouTube, from 2015 I have been adding some YouTube videos as well, to make things more interesting for visitors, or where I have not been able to find an mp3 file for a particular song.

Generally, particularly for the mp3 files, I have tried to locate the original studio version that was released in the fifties/sixties and which found its way onto the charts. In some cases the videos were live performances and so are not the original studio recordings.

My gratitude for being a teenager in the fifties!

I often see comments at YouTube how people wish they had been born earlier to enjoy the music of this exciting era when Rock and Roll first hit the music scene. I am so grateful that I was actually a teenager at that time and was able to hear most of these songs when they were released into the record shops in South Africa. I was also able to see some of the movies featuring the performers.

Unfortunately, we didn't have television back then, so we didn't get to see the many live appearances of popular new stars on shows like American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark, The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and of course the signer's own shows, like Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Johnny Otis and more. You guys in the USA were so fortunate, and the UK and Europe too.

When I think about it, it is in a way quite something that without even seeing what some performers looked like, their music still impacted us so much here at the southern tip of Africa.

Live shows I attended in South Africa

Nevertheless, we were fortunate enough to have some top performers visit South Africa back in the day, and I was able to enjoy shows by Duane Eddy and the Rebels (with Jim Horn on sax), who toured here with John D Loudermilk, Pat Boone with a 22-piece orchestra, Peter and Gordeon (UK duo), Gene Vincent backed by Mickey Most from the UK, and some others who were not really in the Rock 'n' Roll genre.

My own Rock and Roll Favorites of the fifties and sixties

My own favorites of that time included Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, The Everly Brothers, Duane Eddy and the Rebels, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Fats Domino.

Anyway, let's get on and enjoy some music. Feel free to request your own favorites too and be credited with that page your special song appears on. If possible, include some personal comments about your memories of the song, or anything else that tells us why it was one of your favorites.


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