Route 66 – Nat King Cole

Radio Days: White Bread and New Culture

Episode 15

Episode date - November 22, 2019

How Music Changed

    As the fifties dawned, a change in popular music happened quickly. Conservative anti-communist politics and social values combined to drain music of its previous vitality.

    The decline of bands made the change all the more easy, with individual vocalists providing the images of clean cut All American pop stars. Although many look back on the fifties as an era of peace and prosperity, it was also a time when racist inclinations became mainstream.

    Artists such as those featured in today’s show ruled radio in the first half of the decade, although an awareness of a subculture aimed at a younger audience was starting to foment. Here is what radio sounded like in the days before rock and roll.

    Featured tracks include:

    You’re Breaking My Heart – Vic Damone

    Because of You – Tony Bennett

    Route 66 – Nat King Cole

    Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole

    Cone On-a My House – Rosemary Clooney

    Half As Much – Rosemary Clooney

    Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page

    Music Music Music – Teresa Brewer

    Cry – Johnny Ray

    The Roving Kind – Guy Mitchell

    Cold Cold Heart – Tony Bennett

    Goodnight Irene – The Weavers

    Third Man Theme – Guy Lombardo

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