Developing wider listening: pop music of the 1960s

Simon Rushby
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Last month, we began the latest part of our wider listening series, exploring the diversity of pop music in the second half of the 20th century, decade by decade. We looked at four specific genres of 1950s pop and discovered how three of them – popular songs, country, and rhythm and blues (R&B) – became increasingly interlinked, resulting in the explosion of the fourth – rock ’n’ roll – in the latter half of the decade, led by artists such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry.

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