Our Top Artists from the 1950s!
We love the 1950s here at Seacroft Holiday Village! With our Through the Decades breaks which celebrates the music from decades gone past, the music of the 50s features heavily in these breaks! Read on to see our top artists from the 1950s!
One of the best-selling music artists of all-time with over a massive 150 million records sold worldwide, Frank Sinatra’s voice is distinctive for many people. New Jersey native Sinatra began his career in the era of swing in the 1940s, and as his professional career began to wane towards the end of the decade, he turned his sights to Las Vegas. In the 1950s, Sinatra became one of the best-known performers in the “Rat Pack”, and starting to dabble in acting and towards the latter part of the fifties he released several critically acclaimed albums, firmly placing him as one of the top artists from the 1950s.
Beginning his career in 1953, Elvis Presley finally broke into commercial success in 1956 with his self-titled album which featured the popular song “Blue Suede Shoes”, which reached no. 9 in the UK charts in 1956. Elvis would go on to release popular songs “Hound Dog” (no. 2 in 1956), “All Shook Up” (no. 1 in 1957) and “Jailhouse Rock” (no. 1 in 1958) amongst many, many others. The decade where Elvis made a name for himself, he earns himself a place on our list of top artists from the 1950s.
With an impressive 250 million records sold worldwide since the beginning of his career, Cliff Richard kicked off his long career with his backing group, The Shadows. Dominating British pop music in the space before the Beatles, and is the only singer to have a UK no. 1 in 5 consecutive decades. Richard’s success began at the late part of the fifties, with his image being marketed as the British Elvis Presley. Richard achieved his first no. 1 single in 1959 with “Living Doll”, followed in the same year by his second no. 1, “Travellin’ Light”. Cliff Richard’s success in the later part of the fifities lands him a place on our list of top artists from the 1950s.
Starting her career during the war, Vera Lynn is known for her popular wartime songs, including her recording of the popular song “We’ll Meet Again” and “The White Cliffs of Dover”. After the war, Lynn experienced success in the US with “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart”, becoming the first record by a British performer to top the charts in the United States. Vera Lynn’s popularity continued throughout the fifties, with hits such as “My Son, My Son” in 1954.
Slim Whitman rose to fame in the UK in 1955 with his single “Rose Marie”, his only UK no. 1 which spent 11 weeks at the number one spot. Over the next 2 years, Whitman enjoyed 6 more UK Top 20 singles, including “Indian Love Call” and “Serenade”. An American country and western singer-songwriter, Slim Whitman was also known for his yodelling, and in the 1950s toured with Elvis Presley as his opening act. Whitman was more popular overseas in the UK and Europe than he was in his native America, earning his spot on our list of top artists from the 1950s.
Starting her career as a big band singer at the end of the 30s, Doris Day gained more popularity throughout the 1940s, beginning a 23-year long career as an actress in 1948. With many UK Top 20 singles in the 50s, Day achieved 2 UK number ones, the first in 1954 with “Secret Love” and the second in 1956 with “Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera). Her international success over the decades has earned her a spot on our list of top artists from the 1950s.
American musician and singer Buddy Holly was a prominent figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. With 6 UK Top 20 singles, including his UK number 1 in 1959 “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”. Buddy Holly experienced a short career, as in 1959 at the age of 22 he died in a plane crash after a concert in Iowa in the US. Holly was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, and is considered in the top 15 of the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, earning him a spot on our list of top artists from the 1950s.
Guy Mitchell, an American pop singer and actor, was popular during the 1950s in the UK. With 14 UK Top 20 Singles, 12 of those were in the UK top 10 and 4 were UK no. 1s. “She wears Red Feathers” (1953), “Look at that Girl” (1953), “Singing the Blues (1956) and “Rock-a-Billy” (1957) were all number 1 hits in the UK for Mitchell. Mitchell’s on UK charting singles were in the fifties, earning his spot on our list of top artists from the 1950s.
Another American singer, partially-deaf Johnnie Ray was a popular artist for much of the 1950s and was heralded as “the father of rock and roll” by singer Tony Bennett. Ray gained his first UK number 1 in 1954 with “Such a Night”, having had a string of success with 6 UK Top 20 singles since 1952. He enjoyed success with his recording of “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” several years later, gaining another UK number 1 in 1956. With all of his commercial success in the UK taking place in the 1950s, including 3 UK number ones, Johnny Ray is one of our top artists from the 1950s.
With a career spanning over a whopping 75 years, Frankie Laine became his career in the 1930s, but received the majority of his commercial success in the UK in the 1950s. His first UK number one was “I Believe” in 1953, which held onto the spot for a lengthy 18 weeks. His next UK number 1 was “Hey Joe” in 1953, followed in the same year by “Answer Me”. Laine went on to enjoy much more success in the UK during the fifties, including one more UK number 1, “A Woman in Love”, in 1956, making Frankie Laine one of our top artists from the 1950s.
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Last reviewed 26 July 2017.