9 October 2023

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This week it's all about: The 1950s

Music of the 1950s - an era when the first pop stars came into being, thanks to a combination of the teenager, the diner, a small piece of black vinyl and the jukebox.

This is the end of the Big Band era and the beginning of Rock'n'Roll, led by such as Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill, a song originally written in the 1940s then covered by such as Elvis and Led Zeppelin. 
A couple of 1950's legends had tragically short lives, such as Buddy Holly (22) and Ritchie Valens (17) famous for such hits as Peggy Sue and La Bamba respectively. Sadly both were killed in the same plane crash. 

This is the decade where the music of the deep south around New Orleans, migrated up the Mississippi River to appeal to a wider American public with stars such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis performing in their 80s up until their deaths in recent years.

MABAL (music at break and lunch) is music played through the school's speaker system during break and lunch.  Chosen by Mr Taylor, Lead Teacher for Music, this is designed to offer exposure to the curriculum in different ways, and support pupils' appreciation of music.

The focus is on one theme each week across a genre, a country or from history.  The theme could also link to the season or an event in school, such as the production.  Any further suggestions are welcomed - pupils should see Mr Taylor or email a.taylor@priory.lancs.sch.uk 

Tags: Music Learning for Life