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Domino first attracted national attention with the song "The Fat Man". This song is an early rock and roll record, featuring a rolling piano and Domino doing "wah-wah" vocalizing over a strong back beat. It sold over a
million copies and is one of the first rock and roll record
to do so.
Elvis Presley was best known as the king of rock 'n' roll.
He first made an international impact on pop music and
became a powerful force that changed modern life for
all the generations born during and after this era.
In the 1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic – such as
The Beatles, The Byrds, Beach Boys, The Who, The Kinks –
influenced each other in friendly competition. From this came
a great range of larger-than-life personalities such as John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and later icons such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Freddie Mercury (of Queen) and the Spice Girls. Notable bands included Cream, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and, later, U2, as well as cult groups such as the Velvet Underground and the Ramones.
The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. From 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements aswell. Their enormous popularity, which first emerged as the "Beatlemania" fad, transformed as their songwriting grew. The group saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.
The first half of the century was violently fractured by the
impact of the 1960s, the decade in which cults and groups of
people suddenly created a whole variety of different looks.
The 'flower power' of the 'summer of love' of 1967 quickly turned sour after the Vietnam war had began and the civil rights inequalities among black people took a more forward approach.
The Jackson 5 recorded several songs, including "Big Boy", for the local record label Steeltown in 1967, before signing with Motown Records in 1968. Rolling Stone magazine later described the young Michael as "a prodigy" with "overwhelming musical gifts," writing that he "quickly emerged as the main draw and lead singer.“The group set a chart record when its first four singles ("I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save", and "I'll Be There") charted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Certain types of music made radical breaks with convention, such as the punk rock movement, which began in 1976 with groups such as the Sex Pistols, The Stranglers and Siouxie and the Banshees.
The Stranglers :
With 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning five decades, the Stranglers are the longest-surviving and most "continuously successful" band to have originated in the UK punk scene of the mid to late 1970s. Beginning life as the Guildford Stranglers in 1974 in Guildford, Surrey, they originally built a following within the mid-'70s pub rock scene.
Other trends – disco music, the New Romantics of the 1980s, techno, rap, grunge and romantic soloists – testify to the huge variety and of music, and to the public's massive appetite for different kinds of sounds.
By the early 1980s, the promotion of pop music had been greatly affected by the rise of Music Television channels like MTV, which "favoured those artists such as Michael Jackson soloist, Madonna, and Prince who had a strong visual appeal".
In 1980 Prince released the album, Dirty Mind , which he recorded in his own studio. The album was certified gold and the attendant single "Uptown" reached number 5 on the Billboard Dance chart and number 5 on the Hot Soul Singles charts. Prince was also the opening act for Rick James' 1980 Fire it Up tour.
In February 1981, Prince made his first appearance on Saturday Night Live , performing "Partyup".
The 1990s was a decade of many diverse genres in music,
however they are perhaps best known for grunge, teen pop
and electronic dance music, and for being the decade that
hip hop and alternative rock became mainstream.
In the UK the uniquely British alternative rock Britpop genre emerged, with Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Supergrass, Pulp, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Elastica, Ride, Shed Seven. Female pop icons "Spice Girls" manage to break America, taking the world by storm and becoming the most commercially successful British Group since The Beatles. Their impact on teen pop acts around the world inspired people such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Hanson who come to prominence into the new millennium.
The Spice Girls:
In 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single "Wannabe" in the United Kingdom.
In November 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut album Spice in Europe. The success drew comparisons to Beatlemania due to the sheer volume of interest in the group. In seven weeks Spice had sold 1.8 million copies in Britain alone.
On 31 May 1998, Halliwell announced her departure from the Spice Girls.
Pop music, hip hop music, contemporary R&B, new wave and alternative rock dominated and defined the decade's music with Electropop and dance music becoming dominant.
When American vocal group Backstreet Boys returned to the music scene in 2005 with a more adult rock sound, it saw some past boy bands follow. Take That reunited in 2006 without Robbie Williams and recreated their earlier success. Bands such as Boyzone also find success.The Irish boy band Westlife were very successful and emerged as the top selling British band of the decade with 44 million records sold and with record-breaking hit singles and albums.
Less than a month after McFadden's departure, the group kicked off their "Turnaround Tour". They then put out a Rat Pack-inspired album, Allow Us to Be Frank , peaking at number 3. No singles were released in the UK from this album. Prior to the album release, Westlife scouted for "the perfect fan" to help promote their album from their one-season special show "She's The One", presented by Kate Thornton
The new 2009 album, Where We Are , was released on 30 November in the UK and peaked at number 2 on both Irish and UK Albums Chart. The new single "What About Now", was released a few weeks earlier on 23 October 2009, with digital downloads being available the day before. The said
single peaked at number 2 on both Irish and UK Singles