Guys and Dolls      Hank Williams      Cold, Cold Heart      Hey, Good Looking      Irving Berlin      Ethel Merman      Ike Turner      Rock and Roll      Jackie Brenston      Rocket 88      Leo Fender      Precision Bass      P Bass      Nat King Cole

1951 Fifties

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Song of the Year 1951

 


Unforgettable -  Nat King Cole   


Top Songs of 1951

 

If - Perry Como
Be My Love - Mario Lanza
How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
Too Young - Nat King Cole
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
(It's No) Sin -   Eddy Howard
Cry - Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads
Unforgettable -  Nat King Cole            

 


Top Ten Hit Parade 1951





Top Albums of 1951

 

Ballin' the Jack - Georgia Gibbs
Beloved Hymns - Bing Crosby
Bing and the Dixieland Bands - Bing Crosby
Bing Sing Victor Herbert - Bing Crosby
Country Style - Bing Crosby
Down Memory Lane - Bing Crosby
Folksong Favorites - Patti Page
Go West, Young Man - Bing Crosby
Historically Speaking - Gerry Mulligan
Hoop-De-Doo - The Ames Brothers
I'll See You in My Dreams - Doris Day
In the Evening by the Moonlight - The Ames Brothers
Let's Polka – Frank Yankovic Orchestra (Pontiac Records PLP-520)
Lullaby of Broadway - Doris Day
Music, Maestro Please - Frankie Laine
On Moonlight Bay - Doris Day
One for My Baby - Frankie Laine
Popo - Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers
Porgy and Bess - Various Artists
Sentimental Me - The Ames Brothers
Sweet Leilani - The Ames Brothers
Teresa Brewer - Teresa Brewer
Two Tickets to Broadway - Dinah Shore
Way Back Home - Bing Crosby
Wonderful Words - The Mills Brothers

 

The Tony's (Musicals) 1951


guys and dolls 1951

Outstanding Musical: Guys and Dolls
Distinguished Performance | Musical | Male Star: Robert Alda, Guys and Dolls

Distinguished Performance | Musical | Female Star: Ethel Merman, Call Me Madame

Distinguished Featured Performance | Musical | Male: Russel Nype, Call Me Madame

Distinguished Featured Performance | Musical | Female: Isabel Bigley, Guys and Dolls

Outstanding Director: S Kaufman, Guys and Dolls
Outstanding Choreographer: Michael Kidd, Guys and Dolls

Outstanding Musical Score: Irving Berlin, Call Me Madame


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Music News 1951


fender p bass 1951Leo Fender's Precision Bass or the "P Bass" was the first mass produced solid body electric bass guitar that became and still is the standard bass instrument. No longer did bass players have to lug around a bass bigger than they. And as a bonus loud enough to keep up with the year before's Fender Telecaster guitar. Together they were -instrumental- in the creation of rock and roll. Leo Fender

Rhythm & Blues 1951

 

Rock & Roll is Born

Rocket 88

 

rocket 88 1951Ike Turner did the producing and piano work, his band the Kings of Rhythm added the back beat with some electric guitar distortion complimenting the lead saxophone to this "jump blues" R & B tune. Jackie Brenston did the singing, Sam Phillips from Sun Records in Memphis did the recording and Rock and Roll was born. Rocket 88


Sixty Minute Man - Dominoes
Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
Cry - Johnnie Ray
Glory Of Love - Five Keys
Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King

 

 

Country & Western 1951

 

Hey Good Lookin' - Hank Williams

hank william sr 1951Hiram King "Hank" Williams is along with Johnny Cash considered the greatest Country Western artist of all time. Though he had been around on radio and with the Grand Ole Opry having some success with a few songs, it was not until 1951 with Cold, Cold Heart and Hey, Good Looking that he and his band The Drifters made the charts big time and he became a national celebrity. It did not last long for in 1952 his drinking that had been going on heavily since the 1930s got the best of him and he lost him his job at the Opry, his job at the Louisiana Hayride, his band and his wife. He was pickled dead by 1953. Hank Williams Sr.



  

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