This list of the best songs of the 50s celebrates far-ranging sounds that changed music forever.
The compilation 'Rip It Up: The Best of Specialty Records' features 18 key recordings in rock’n’roll, R&B, soul, and blues.
Price was a hugely significant figure on the R&B scene in the days leading into the new rock'n'roll craze, with four No.1s in the 1950s.
The far-reaching song inspired the African-American military pilots who fought in World War II, and it went on to enter the Grammy Hall of Fame.
This blues classic has gone by many names, but perhaps the best known version is Lloyd Price’s ’Stagger Lee’ that topped the US Hot 100 in February 1959.
Bartholomew helped shape the sound of R&B with his recording, writing and production for so many Crescent City artists.
Herbert Hardesty, whose tenor saxophone was a feature of countless hits for his longtime collaborator Fats Domino, died on 3 December, 2016 in Las Vegas