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The Fabulous 50's Revolution According to Billboard
50 's
The Fabulous Fifties began sixy-nine years ago. For a little help recalling the top hits of that decade, visit these links, which list the Top 30, Top 50, or Top 100 Singles each year for 1950195119521953 195419551956195719581959.

Per the charts:

  • Bill Haley / "Shake, Rattle and Roll" was the sole rocker of 1954 at #26.
  • By 1955, only three true Rock 'n' Roll hits -- "Rock Around the Clock" (Haley), "Hearts of Stone" (Fontane Sisters), and "Only You" (Platters) -- placed in the Top 30.
  • Rock 'n' Roll took hold in 1956, when Elvis had five Top 50 hits, including #1 and #2.
  • By 1957 (a scant three years after Bill Haley's debut), nearly all Top 50 hits fell into the Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, or Country Crossover categories.
  • In 1959, the "Top" list was increased to 100 songs, virtually all being Rock 'n' Roll.

The first 45-rpm record on the Billboard Charts was "You're Adorable" by Perry Como, May 7, 1949, followed the next week by Vaughn Monroe with "Riders In The Sky." The 45 was replaced in popularity in the 1970's by the LP and Compact Cassette, followed by the Compact Disk (CD), and now, the digital download. Among the reasons cited: increasing cost of the 45, and decreasing importance of the "single" to an artist's success.

It's an April SHOWers of TicketsTicketsWe've scarcely hit Spring and the shows are raining down for April at the SOJ, with even more ticket chances for Supporting Members. See the event calendar for full details, and check back often for updates.

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  • Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd Tribute) - March 29 - Tangier, Akron.
  • Temptations & Four Tops - April 4 - Akron Civic.
  • Drifters, Coasters & Platters - April 12 - Akron Civic.
  • The Fifth Dimension - April 29 - Canton Palace Theater.

No Muffin Left Behind Sale April 6NMLBTime once again for Main Street Gourmet's "No Muffin Left Behind" sale at the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron. The sale is Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00am until 11:00am. Here's your chance to pick up some slightly imperfect but still delicious bakery products for just $1.25 per pound. A portion of the proceeds and all left-over products will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.

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Video of the WeekAppropriate for our Fabulous 50's Weekend: Chuck Berry does "Johnny B. Goode" live from Brussels, Belgium on the television show "Face au Public." Berry is backed by a four-piece jazz combo who clearly have no trouble with good old American Rock 'n' Roll. The year is shown in the video as 1958, although other sources set the date as February 6, 1965. To quote John Lennon, "If Rock 'n' Roll had another name, It would be called Chuck Berry." 

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Our Thanks... the following venues for tickets awarded to Jukebox Supporting Members:

African Safari Wildlife Park



Akron Home & Flower Show

Goodtime Lake Erie Cruises

Goodtime III

Kent Stage

Lions Lincoln Theater

Nader-Mara Entertainment

Nader-Mara Entertainment

Playhouse Square, Cleveland

Praia Entertainment


Stambaugh Auditorium

The Tangiers

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