Non-rock postwar popular music(s). The older, Tin Pan Alley model of (non-rock ’n’ roll) popular songs continued, in part because older adult audiences for the most part did not accept rock ‘n’ roll and instead stuck with their own music. •For instance, between 1953 and 1961, Frank Sinatra recorded 16 albums that sold very well to adult audiences. Country music continued to flourish in the 1950s. •The honky-tonk tradition remained popular. •1952: Hank Thompson’s “The Wild Side of Life” was about bars and how women in those bars are faithless and encourage men to be faithless, too. Response was Kitty Wells’s recording of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” which offered a view from a woman’s perspective. The song blames men who pretend to be single for leading on women and contributing to their downfall. (Crawford: “Rather than being ‘done wrong’ by wild women, the song argues, men hold the upper hand” (450). •It was the first number one country song by a female artist.
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2010 for the course MUSL MUSL 147 taught by Professor Lovensheimer during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.