What Is The Influence Of Music In The 1950's

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1950’s Music Did you know that in the 1950´s the music industry had ¨Race Records¨ which sold music by black artists to blacks only (Handyside 11)? Music has been around for centuries, including genres such as Classical and Gospel songs. Music has been used for dancing, meditation, and for just plain out relaxation. The historical, political, and social events leading to the influence of new music during the 1950’s are what has shaped music today. During the 1950´s the economy was booming, and the fruits of this prosperity- new cars, suburban houses, and other consumer goods- were available to more people than ever before (“The 1950’s”). About 4 million babies were born each year during the 1950´s (“The 1950’s”). That’s nearly 36 million babies by 1959.As world war II ended, the G.I Bill subsidized low-cost mortgages for returning soldiers, which meant that it was often cheaper to buy a suburban house than it was to rent an apartment(“The 1950’s”).This provided more homes just outside city limits.During this time, African Americans had been fighting against racial segregation and the struggle against racism and segregation entered the mainstream of American life (“The 1950’s”). In the early 1950’s the lines between R&B, blues, and gospel became blurred (Handyside 8). R&B was revolutionized by adding a gospel sound into it. In 1954, the popular notation of ‘soul’ music was…show more content…
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