[78-L] Best decade for popular music?

Donna Halper dlh at donnahalper.com.invalid
Mon Aug 3 17:55:47 PDT 2020

Graham wrote--

> I think I prefer 1960's.  I worked in Top 40 radio with CHUM-1050 here in
> Toronto and the whole decade was vibrant!

Funny you say that-- I'd nominate the 1950s. The culture (along with 
radio) was transitioning away from big band, and towards a more youthful 
kind of music -- top-40.  Suddenly, you could hear everything from 
crooners to r&b singers, from Perry Como to Elvis Presley, from what is 
today called "doo-wop" to pop, and everything in between.  Top-40 in its 
formative years was still very exciting and experimental and hadn't 
become formulaic yet.

Donna L. Halper, PhD
Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies
Lesley University, Cambridge MA
former rock and roll deejay

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