A playlist of representative of, but perhaps forgotten, music from the era, different renditions, and some things you never knew.
Third Man Theme — Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
The theme from the movie The Third Man was the number one song the year most of us were born.
The setting for the movie is allied-occupied Vienna where "trust" is a commodity for sale to the highest bidder. At the time of filming, much of Vienna was still piled high with rubble and audiences got a real view of life in post-war Europe.
Destination Moon — Dinah Washington
The Regency TR-1
It's 1954 and portable music is born! The first transistor radio, the Regency TR-1, will fit in your pocket! (Well, it would have to be a BIG pocket.) No longer do you need a piece of furniture with radio tubes. The TR-1 was the "it" Christmas gift of 1954 and they still work today.
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossum White — Pérez Prado
Number 1 song of 1955.
Love Is Strange — Mickey & Sylvia
From the Lipstick on Your Collar TV series, Ewan McGregor and Louise Germaine lipsync to this Bo Diddley hit. You can fantasize an entire lifetime in a split second. This was the lone gem in a very bad TV show set in the Suez Canal Crisis that marked the beginning of the cold war.
Jump, Jive an' Wail — Brian Setzer Orchestra
Stray Cat Brian Setzer and his orchestra performing Louis Prima's 1956 hit.
More on Louis Prima under 1959.
Jefferson High, Class of 1968, Alexandria, Minnesota