Dance
Everyone in the fifties was dancing to Billy Haley & His Comets’ hit cover song
The fifties were an amazing time to be alive. 💘
Sheehan Diapues
03.17.23

There’s something in 50s music that makes people want to dance.

Perhaps it’s the upbeat and energetic effort that went into how it was played that differs it from other genres of that time.

Either way, the fifties were rockin’.

Joyful and upbeat songs made a difference in that era.

Bill Haley & His Comets was a Rock and Roll band that made a mark with their hit song “Rip It Up” from “Don’t Knock The Rock.”

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People needed a fresh start.

Especially in music. Decades after the war and depression, people needed a fun new way to liven up and express themselves.

Early rock and roll music became a phenomenon because it delivered just that. Early Rock vibrates a positive hype and keeps the good times rollin’.

For the first time in a long time, people also had some spare time and money. They were able to buy albums and dance to them.

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Bands like Bill Haley & His Comets were a huge success in popularity because of that.

They also have other hits such as “Rock Around the Clock,” and “See You Later, Alligator,” that captured the crowd.

They were even cast in major films.

The band was invited on television shows as they grew popular and amassed a bigger audience.

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Don’t Knock The Rock was one of those movies in which Bill Haley & His Comets performed.

They played Little Richard’s “Rip It Up”.

The lyrics denote everything that a young person would have been doing over the weekend. They just got paid and wanted to party.

So they would go out of the house and have some fun. It relates to how young people spend their time and money.

The song made it to number 30 on the US charts and number 4 in the UK hits.

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The song’s great, but the dancing is amazing.

Aside from being a great song, the most notable scene in the movie was dancing.

Early rock and roll shows were held in gyms or small clubs. The music style still has the elements of swing in the composition.

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As Bill Haley & The Comets played the song, partners would go onto the dance floor.

They swung with energy and grace.

And they wore a whole lot of smiles doing it, too.

As mentioned, it had lots of swing elements visible such as lifts, spin-outs, and other acrobatic movements involved.

Even women lift their male counterparts, and boys flip their partners in the air above their heads.

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It was the end of an era.

Early rock was one of the last eras where dances are made by partners.

Through the years, it evolved into an entirely different style of music with sub-genres that incorporate other styles of music and fuses them into what we have now.

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Some of the popular sub-genres are Alternative Rock, Heavy Metal, and Punk Rock. But they still have that basic high energy and intensity when played.

A video of Bill Haley & His Comets playing “Rip It Up” was posted on Youtube and people responded.

It has over 2 million views.

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Many people still appreciated this style of music even today.

People commented and showed amazement at the video, especially the younger generation.

As for the older generation, this brought back lots of memories during their time of “having fun.”

The nostalgia hits hard, but it was positive and they were happy to see it nonetheless.

See how people used to kick things up on a Saturday night in the fifties in the video below!

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By Sheehan Diapues
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Sheehan Diapues is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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