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 FIFTIES SUPERSTARS

They sang on the records you bought

IT was the golden age of rock Ďní roll. There was Bill Haley, there was Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino. There was Chuck Berry and, of course, Buddy Holly. Idols all Ė and their legends live on. They were all young, they were trendsetters and they were originals. Through its music, the Fifties truly became the decade of change. But there were others, too, who were idolised by a generation of fans...

Remember Pat Boone? This soft voiced crooner was musicís Mr Clean. And he sold records by their million.
Boone was the second most popular singer of the late Fifties behind Elvis Presley. His trademark was his white bucks, an unusual style of shoes that became fashionable for a time in the Fifties.
Born Charles Eugene Boone in 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida, he began his professional singing career while a student. His hits included Donít Forbid Me, Ainít That A Shame, April Love, and A Wonderful Time Up There.
Pat Boone is a direct descendant of pioneer Daniel Boone.
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Remember Fabian?
Besides being a singer with a massive following, he was also a movie star, appearing in over 30 films.
Born in 1943, Fabian Forte was actually discovered at the age of 14 sitting on his front steps in Philadelphia. At 15, he won the Silver Award as ĎThe Most Promising Male Vocalist of 1958í. By the time he was 18, he had recorded dozens of hit singles, eight albums and earned gold records for Turn Me Loose and Tiger, and a gold album for The Fabulous Fabian.
In 1959, Fabian made his screen debut in Hound Dog Man opposite Carol Lynley.
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Remember Bobby Darin?
Described as one of the premier song stylists of the Fifties, he was born in 1936 and by the time he attended Bronx High School of Science was an accomplished musician and could play many instruments.
His first major success was Splish Splash, which allegedly had been composed in 10 minutes. It sold a million. Other hits included Queen of the Hop, Dream Lover and what was probably his most famous song, Mack The Knife, which sold two million copies and topped the charts for months.
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Remember Paul Anka?
He has been successful as a teenage singing star, a teen idol, a songwriter, an actor, and an entrepreneur. As a performer, he has placed songs in the top 40 in four different decades.
Born in Ottawa in 1941, he took an interest in music at an early age and began performing when he was 12. Paul had been infatuated with his babysitter who was five years older than he was and had written a song for her called Diana. He recorded it for ABC-Paramount and it entered the charts in July of 1957, where it remained for 18 weeks. The song was a worldwide hit.
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Remember Ricky (later Rick) Nelson?
He was the son of entertainer parents Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Rick was a pioneer in television, TV sitcoms, Rockabilly, rock and roll, rock on television, music videos, country rock, and the California sound. When he was 16, he recorded a record and performed Fats Dominoís Iím Walkin and became a rock and roll teen idol. Hits included Garden Party and Hello Mary Lou.

Written by The Editor - 09/09/2008 11:40:16

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