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