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Billboard Pop Memories: 1955-1959

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The final disc in Rhino's pre-rock pop series moves through the middle and end of the 1950s, with mainstream pop still mostly avoiding the emerging rock revolution. The lush sound of Dean Martin and the Four Aces remained prominent, although Tommy Edwards did break the embargo somewhat with "It's All In The Game." Perez Prado capitalized on the mambo craze with "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White," while orchestral background music reaped dividends. A couple of songs outlined the industry's basic strategy to deal with early rock; Pat Boone's "Love Letters In The Sand" was a teen pop attempt at presenting an alternative to such feared artists as Little Richard, and the McGuire Sisters' saccharine remake of "Sincerely" was one of many RB hits reworked by white groups because they were deemed too harsh (i.e., black) for the mainstream market. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi

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