Today, when attention spans seem to be dictated by the lifespan of the latest TikTok trend, it can be easy to forget what happened last year, let alone 70 years ago. year. But, as they say, history tends to repeat itself. So, in honor of our roots, let’s embrace our musical history.
Here, we’re going to take a look at some songs from the post-war, baby boom era of the 1950s that you may have overlooked. (Congratulations to you if you can sing along with all five!) Each song has played a part in its artist’s career, whether small or big, as well as in the music world at large. Let’s dig.
1. “My Baby Has Left Me” by Elvis Presley (1956)
Elvis Presley had many remarkable moments and evolutions during his career. But what helped build that career, what started it all, was his self-titled debut album, released in 1956. Interestingly, Presley doesn’t hold a single songwriting credit on the album, rather he has chose to highlight the songs he grew up hearing in Tupelo. , Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. One song on that record, “My Baby Left Me,” is a glimpse of Presley at his youngest, and perhaps most naive, age. The song itself was written by Arthur Crudup.
2. “Lady Sings the Blues” by Billie Holiday (1956)
The title track from her 1956 album, “Lady Sings the Blues,” is a Billie Holiday staple. She sings the blues in a way that would make anyone a fan of the genre. Additionally, the title of the song became the title of a 1972 film about Holiday. Diana Ross portrayed Holiday in the film, which helped get Ross’ acting career off the ground.
3. “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray” by Patsy Cline (1957)
Another song released from a self-titled debut album, “Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray” was released as a B-side to Patsy Cline”A stranger in my arms.” The former was not commercially successful upon release, but was held in high esteem by critics and journalists – listen to it and you’ll see why.
4. “I’m Mad to Want You” by Frank Sinatra (1951)
Incoming: It’s a Sinatra jazz standard. “I’m A Fool To Want You” was written by Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf and Joel Herron and quickly became one of Sinatra’s “lounge songs”. It’s wildly romantic and full of melancholy, and this style of song is one of the reasons why Sinatra is still one of the giants of the genre today.
5. “Drown in My Own Tears” by Ray Charles (1956)
Written by Henry Glover as “I’ll Drown in My Tears”, Charles’ 1956 rendition of the song became his third number-one single in the United States. Billboard R&B card. Charles also played piano on the track (in addition to his vocals). The success of Charles’ ‘Drown in My Own Tears’ was a big influence on Charles himself and encouraged him to recruit a singing group – later known as the Raelettes – for his records.