’50s Dance Party Essentials

’50s Dance Party Essentials

The seismic arrival of rock ‘n' roll jolted postwar teenagers onto their feet, first in America and soon around the world. Punchy soul and R&B cuts also drew youths to the dance floor in record numbers, while infectious hits like “La Bamba” and “Tequila” imported exciting new flavours from Mexico. Doo-wop's influence on the era was felt in close harmonies and compact love stories, even as clean-cut pop singers turned to Italy and beyond for fresh inspiration. By the time explicitly body-moving tunes like “The Twist” came along, there was no stemming the tide of liberated limbs.

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