R&B Jukebox Hits - 1953 - Volume 1
Styles: Jukebox Hits, R&B
Catalogue Number: ACMCD4197
In 1953 America?s Black population were still discriminated against throughout most of the country and their music was for the most part confined to their own communities. Their musical taste was changing very much though, and some of the developments during 1953 would forever change the course of popular music throughout the 20th Century. Although Ray Charles? real breakthrough was a couple of years away, the beginnings of the secularisation of Gospel music could be discerned in several of the year?s hits. Vocal groups like the Dominoes, Du-Droppers and The Clovers ruled the roost and sax-led jump bands like Tiny Bradshaw?s and Amos Milburn?s rubbed shoulders with rocking girls like Ruth Brown and Big Maybelle, smooth balladeers like Nat Cole and Johnny Ace, and down home blues men such as Little Walter and Eddie Boyd. But despite the huge numbers of coins being dropped into jukebox slots across the nation, it was Radio that was fuelling the change. What was being detected in 1953 was the huge number of white teenagers who were tuning into the vitality and sheer exuberance of Black music. Many of the year?s hits which, like ?Hound Dog?, ?Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean? and ?Going To The River?, were equally popular with young white audiences, and have become rock standards which are still performed today.. Here are the biggest hits that registered between January and May 1953.