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1956 - A King is Named

Rock may have been born in 1955, or even earlier, but it took off like a rocket, in 1956.  Elvis Presley had more impact on radio lisening than any other single human being.  When his music took America by storm, radio became the soul of rock 'n' roll.  Elvis performed more than 230 shows that year, and America was hooked to "rock 'n' roll".  In late November of 1956, the prestigious weekly trade paper, "Variety", named Elvis Presley the "King of Rock and Roll". The title has been debated by media and by his contemporaries, namely Fats Domino, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and Bo Diddley.  To this day, Elvis is still referred to as "The King".

Elvis Presley had FIVE #1 Songs in 1956:  Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You...I Need You...I Love You, Don't be Cruel, Hound Dog, and Love Me Tender!

*Interesting Fact:  In late 1956, Rock's famous guitarist, Chuck Berry, invented the famous Duckwalk.

The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time.  20 songs made the cut in 1956!

374      Brown-Eyed Handsome Man - Chuck Berry
97        Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
142      Please, Please, Please - James Brown
164      Folsom Prison  Blues - Johnny Cash
30        I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
81        Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
90        In the Still of the Nite - The Five Satins
313      I Put a Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
285      Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf
343      Jim Dandy - Lavern Baker
307      Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon
95        Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
197      Don't be Cruel - Elvis Presley
437      Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
19        Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
45        Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
423      Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
56        Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
43        Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
102      Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent

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