Atlantic Records part 12 - 1956-57 today on The Juke In The Back!

The Juke In The Back” focuses on the “soul that came before rock n’ roll,” the records that inspired Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless others.
Atlantic Records was the most influential, significant and important independent record label to come out of the late-1940s, during a time when there were many great, small indie labels being born. What gave Atlantic the advantage over Specialty, Chess, Modern, Vee-Jay, Exclusive, King, etc is the breadth of material, variety of music styles and the sheer number of hit records that led to the Rock n’ Roll explosion of the mid-1950s. Matt The Cat and the “Juke In The Back” present this behemoth series celebrating the first 10 years of Atlantic’s existence: 1947-57.
This week in part twelve, we wrap up the focus on the parent label, Atlantic by looking at its major releases from the end of 1956 through 1957. Chuck Willis scores the biggest hit of his career with his rendition of the traditional tune, “C. C. Rider,” a little over a year before his untimely death. LaVern Baker sails to the top of the chart as “Jim Dandy” crosses over into the Pop Chart, extending its mass appeal as Rock n’ Roll becomes mainstream Pop Music. Atlantic takes advantage of Rock’s mainstream appeal and begins to smooth out its rough R&B sound for a more poppy approach. Ray Charles continues to develop his sound, scoring more hits and even crossing over to Pop himself with his reinterpretation of Stephen Foster’s whimsical look at slavery. The Bobbettes, Drifters and Penguins add some fantastic vocal group records to round out part twelve. Next week, we’ll begin looking at Atlantic’s successful subsidiary labels.
So buckle in and prepare yourself for an in-depth, multi-part look at the history of Atlantic Records, which could also be described as a look at the history of American Music itself.
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