Elvis Presley joined the U.S. Army in late March, 1958. He served in Germany for two years. Many of his songs were based on his experience there.
Rock 'n' Roll Began
Rock 'n' Roll did not exist until the 1950s. People often reffer to the beginning of Rock and Roll when the band called Billy Haley and the Comets launched a smash hit which was called "Rock Around The Clock". This new song was a new type of music which appealed to especially to white teenage kids who could sing along, dance and calp, while they watched the band preform. Some bands were a bit crazy. They did crazy antics such as riding the double bass as a pony.
Rock Around the Clock is #1
Billy Haley's song, "Rock Around the Clock" rose to #1 in 1955. During that year the song was included as a soundtrack in the movie called "Blackboard Jungle", which included Billy Haley playing as a young rebel.
The Beatles take America
In early 1964 The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan television show. In March The Beatles' songs occupied the top five chart positions in America.
The Beatles' Last Public Performance
The Beatles had their last performance on January 30th, 1969, in an inmpromptu rooftop jam session in England.
Bob Marley & the Wailers: 'No Woman, No Cry' released
On May 11th, 1975, Bob Marley & the Wailers released their first hit single 'No Woman, No Cry'. This marked the beginning of Marley's
Sony Announces the First "Walkman"
On July 1st, 1979, Sony annonced their first walkaman. This product marked the beginning of a new era in partable technologies. It was the portable music player (except a radio) that could fit into a person's pocket!
"Thriller" is Released
"Thriller" is the biggest selling pop album of all time. It was released in 1982 and it made Michael Jackson a global icon.
"We Are The World" is Recorded
"We Are The World" is a charity single recorded at A&M Studios in Los Angeles by many famous artists. Some of those artists were Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and others.
Nirvana's Second Album "Nevermind" is Released
"Nevermind" was Nirvana's second album and it was released in 1991. The album's first single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" helped in pushing alternative music into the mainstream rock format.
25th Anniversary of Woodstock
The third Woodtock festival took place from August 12th until August 14th in 1994. It was held at Saugerties, New York. It marked the 25th anniversary of the festival, which started in 1969.
"Oops I Did It Again" Sells Over 23 Million Copies
Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again" seld over 23 million copies and became the best-selling album by a female artist of the decade! The album sold more than 1,319,193 copies during the first week since its release.
Michael Jackson Dies
On June 24th, 2009, the King of Pop died due to cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old. His death was caused by taking a combination of potent drugs.