THE FIFTIES

The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll

1953 - 1955

The war in Korea is over and the world is experiencing a time of great prosperity and great division. While mainstream America is playing in Disneyland and eating burgers at McDonald's, if you were black in the South, you'd have to sit in the back of the bus or if you were in Cuba your country was undergoing a revolution that would change the island forever. 

 

Meanwhile in a small, hot recording studio in Memphis, a young man named Elvis Presley is about to change his world with one song.  Highlights from this edition include Elvis' early recordings at Sun Records!

The King of Rock 'n' Roll

1956 - 1959

Elvis has taken the country by storm, appearing on Ed Sullivan and other TV shows, and diving headfirst into acting in some of his early films. But while Elvis is captivating the audiences, the world is beginning to change from it's wholesome Leave it To Beaver years, with the rise of communism in Cuba and racial tension brewing in the South. Featured in this edition are his films Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole.

The Ultimate 50s Showcase

1953 - 1959

It's the Fifties! A feelgood time in America and abroad! The Korean War has ended and it's a time of great prosperity for everyone. But a Cold War between the Soviet Union and the U.S. has begun, as well as the race to be the first in space. And while white teenagers in the South were at the drive-in or at a hamburger joint, their black counterparts were being forced to use separate lunch counters and bathrooms. 

Down in Memphis, a young man named Elvis Presley is about to change the world with his sideburns, shaky legs, and a voice that "didn't sound like nobody". His journey from being The Hillbilly Cat, to Elvis the Pelvis, to The King of Rock 'n' Roll begins in this edition! Come back to a time when people Liked Ike, Loved Lucy, and hated those Damn Yankees!