Lockdown: Join TheBoldAge looking back at the music of the 1950s

By Nigel Pritchard. Published 2020-03-28
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With time on your hands why not jump start your memory banks

We live in interesting and uncertain times. The hustle and bustle, immediacy and speed of the modern age leaves us with little time to reflect and enjoy life for what it is. Life.

Then, suddenly, out of the blue the coronavirus lockdown dramatically slows us down. Many of us, me included, find ourselves with time on our hands. It’s hard to believe that I have created more hours in a day to do stuff, but I have.

Whilst no right-minded person would ever have wished for what has befallen, it does give us a rare opportunity to take stock and think about what’s important and what we most cherish and value.

Many Boldies will have spent more time in our gardens than we ever thought possible, we've been for our daily constitutional (some call it exercise), watched and watched the news and yet there is still more time available, for stuff.

My wife is even getting back into baking, something she hasn’t done for – well I daren’t say.

For me, I am reacquainting myself, after a long absence, with history, in particular popular culture and life in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. At TheBoldAge we have started a nostalgia series, starting with the 1950s. Our first article can be found at this link

In this latest article I dive through the memory banks of others (my decades were the 60s and 70s), and from the archives have scraped together a few noteworthy pieces.

We would love to hear some of your memories of the times, as well as the music you enjoyed. Drop us a note at alive@theboldage.com.

Now for the music

The NME in its look back at the best 100 songs of the 1950s cited these as their top 3.

At Number 1 - Chuck Berry with Johnny B. Goode

Number 2 is the great Elvis Presley with Hound Dog

At number 3 we have Jerry Lee Lewis with Great Balls of fire

Watchmojo.com looked at the top 10 defining songs of the decade in this compilation.

  • Here's the link to NME top 100 of the 1950s