The Music of 1956

The Music of 1956

The soaring record industry explains the sheer abundance of great music produced in 1956. From all across the spectrum — jazz to rock ‘n’ roll to country to R&B — this was a landmark year. 

Elvis Presley’s debut LP showcased roots-oriented revolution, while the left-field of avant-garde jazz was raring to bring modernism to the main stage. And while it may look like I’m overrating several of the albums listed below, I assure you that their influence on modern music cannot be overstated.


Jazz

Rock and Roll

  • Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n Roll Trio (Johnny Burnette)
  • Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley)
  • Elvis (Elvis Presley)
  • Bluejean Bop (Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps) B

Swing/Pop

Rhythm and Blues

Country/Folk

  • Finger Style Guitar (Chet Atkins) A-
  • Tragic Songs of Life (The Louvin Brothers) B+
  • Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (Odetta)

Classical

  • Classical Check-Up
    • Glenn Gould
    • Luigi Nono
    • Frank Sinatra
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    • Heitor Villa-Lobos

Foreign

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