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TIMELINE THE FIFTIES 1951 - Rocket 88 considered the first Rock record is released 1952 - Little Richards first records are released 1953 - Elvis Presley makes his first private recordings 1954 - Ray Charles forms his own band 1955 - The movie Blackboard Jungle is released featuring Bill Haley The Comets Rock Around The Clock RCA signs Elvis Presley The Everly Bros make their first studio recordings 1956 - Elvis first film Love Me Tender An impromptu recording session at Sun Studios for Jerry Lee Lewis Carl Perkins Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash the million dollar quartet 1957 - Chuck Berry releases the hits School Day and Rock And Roll Music 1958 - Elvis is drafted into the US Army 1959 - Buddy Holly is killed in a plane crash THE SIXTIES 1960 - Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show following his Army stint 1961 - Big soul hits for groups like The Shirelles The Marvelettes Dion splits from The Belmonts 1962 - The Supremes have their first record released by Motown The Twist takes off 1963 - Surf music rules the airwaves 1964 - The Beatles hit America leading the British Invasion 1965 - Bob Dylan plugs in at the Newport Folk Festival spawning Folk-Rock 1966 - The Monkees TV series begins The Beach Boys Pet Sounds album arrives 1967 - Monterey Pop Festival begins the open air Rock festival concept The Beatles Sgt Pepper is unleashed Cream issues their first two albums 1968 - Frank Zappa The Mothers of Invention release Were Only In It For The Money 1969 - Woodstock Music Arts Festival draws half a million fans to Max Yasgars farm in New York The
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