Love Songs in the 1950s

Kind of a surprise to hear from you, Amy. Yes, I actually am quite busy at the moment. 

Just doing what I normally do...


I'm pretty sure you're contacting me because you want to know how the repairs on the time machine are going.
But before you start screaming, let me tell you that I did manage to reverse it all the way back to ...uh, 2016. 
Still a long way from reaching you in 1950-something, I know. But hey, it's an improvement, right?


Oh, you're not getting in touch with me to complain?

Tony, your greaser boyfriend, bought you flowers?

He's been, like, totally romantic lately?

He sings love songs into your ear?

So, you're not in such a hurry for me to get you back to the 21st century, I assume.

Oh, yeah, no, I'm definitely going to keep working on the time machine.


In the 1950s, rock and roll is becoming more and more popular in all of North America.

Musicians like Chuck Berry are evolving rhythm and blues songs into rock and roll music with records like Maybellene (1956), Roll Over Beethoven (1956), and Johnny B. Goode (1958).

But dreamy love songs are also incredibly popular at this time. 
In May of 1950, Nat King Cole released his single, Mona Lisa


Elvis released Love Me Tender in 1956. 

Johnny Mathis released Chances Are in 1957.

The Drifters released Fools Fall In Love in 1958.

Paul Anka released Put Your Head On My Shoulder in 1959.

In the early 1950s, crooners released their own style of love songs you must be hearing on the radio:

That's Amore,  Dean Martin (1953)
I've Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra (1953)
I Need You Now,Eddie Fisher (1954)
If I Give My Heart to You, Doris Day (1954)

There are the romantic melodies and Doo-Wop too:
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Four Aces (1955)

Only YouPlatters (1955)
I Almost Lost My Mind, Pat Boone (1956)
I'm In Love Again, Fats Domino (1956)
The Great Pretender, Platters (1956)
That'll Be The Day, Buddy Holly (1957)
All I Have To Do Is Dream, Everly Brothers (1958)
Who's Sorry Now, Connie Francis (1958)
16 Candles, The Crests (1959)
A Teenager in Love, The Belmonts (1959)

As you can see, Amy, the decade of the fifties is in many ways a romantic one.

Just remember to keep your head on straight - even when your greaser boyfriend sings into your ear.