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** The BBHQ Music Room: The Year in Music **

Click a year to review the music and events from one of our “formative years.”

1956: The first boomers are nearly 10; but half the boomers are yet to be born. And Elvis has his first two hits; rock n’ roll takes off.
1957: More boomers are born this year than any year before... or since. Pat Boone and Fats Domino are among the rock stars of the year.
1958: Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” is the most watched daytime TV show. Ricky Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis are among rock’s biggest stars.
1959: Rock takes a huge step backward: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, & the Big Bopper die in a plane crash.
1960: The Twist is born; rock is on a roll!
1961: Elvis Presley gives up live performances to concentrate on films; but rock continues as the Supremes release their first single.
1962: The Beatles are hot in London and Mick Jagger mee class="fs18b"ts Brian Jones to form The Rolling Stones. In the U.S., Peter, Paul and Mary, the Beach Boys, and Herb Alpert have their first hits.
1963: President Kennedy is assassinated. But 15 year-old Peggy March, 17 year-old Leslie Gore, and 12 year-old Stevie Wonder have their first hits. “The torch is passed to a new generation.”
1964: The last boomers are born. The Beatles invade America with four hits on the charts by March, accounting for 60% of all records sold.
1965: DJ Alan Freed and Nat “King” Cole die. Herman’s Hermits, the Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five continue the British invasion.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel, The Mammas and the Pappas, and The Lovin’ Spoonful make their mark on rock n’ roll.
1967: The “summer of love” features songs by Scott McKenzie, the Doors, and Procol Harum.
1968: The Newport Pop Festival features new artists such as Sonny & Cher, Grateful Dead, and Eric Burdon and the Animals.
1969: President Nixon has a plan to the the war; the U.S. lands a man on the moon; Elvis makes a comeback; and music from “Hair” tops the charts.
1970: The Beatles go their separate ways; The Jackson Five sell 10 million records.
1971: The signs of changes in rock are unmistakable: Filmore East and Filmore West close; Ray Price, Jerry Reed and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band revive interest in country music; Gladys Knight and the Pips are among the guests on the last Ed Sullivan show.
1972: Elton John has his first #1 hit; Jim Croce, Alice Cooper, and the Eagles enjoy their first hits.
1973: James Taylor and wife Carly Simon are both hot; Bruce Springsteen makes his debut, though it went largely unnoticed; Rolling Stone magazine suggests that “rock had run out of things to say.” Indeed, Jim Croice dies in a plane crash, just as his career was taking off.
1974: Harry Chapin had his biggest hit; Billy Joel had his first hit; and the Who sold out Madison Square Garden in just eight hours. Indeed, the face of rock n’ roll had changed forever.
1975: Some of the 60s rock stars, such as Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, Fankie Valli, and Chicago were still on the charts. But the new wave of rock artists was fully in charge for the late boomers. Alice Cooper, Barry Manilow, Barry White, the Captain and Tennille, Eagles, and the Bay City Rollers all came into their own in 1975. Bruce Springsteen made it to the cover of both Newsweek and Time magazines. The sale of records and tapes added nearly 2.5 billion dollars to the economy... and the pockets of new millionaire rock stars.

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