Category: 1950s music

Albums Released In 1958

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Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on their wedding day in Las Vegas on May 12, 1959.

Photos by Bob Willoughby

Vintage R&B Concert Posters

  1. Civic Auditorium (Honolulu, Hawaii) – March 6-8, 1959

  2. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – June 13, 1960
  3. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – April 19, 1961

  4. Hollywood Bowl (New Westminster, BC, Canada) – June 6, 1964

  5. Fort Worth Casino Ballroom (Fort Worth, Texas) – July 6, 1964

  6. The Mosque (Richmond, Virginia) – November 8, 1964

  7. Richmond Arena (Richmond, Virginia) – January 15, 1965

  8. Eagle Hall (St. Joseph, Missouri) – June 10, 1966
  9. Mosque Auditorium (Richmond, Virginia) – December 4, 1966
  10. Charlotte Coliseum (Charlotte, North Carolina) – May 5, 1968

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Sammy Davis Jr. circa 1956

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Jazz singer Keely Smith (1928-2017) photographed by Ken Whitmore for her album I Wish You Love (1957).

She began recording with her husband Louis Prima. In 1958, they won a Grammy for their rendition of “That Old Black Magic” at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards.

Coloratura soprano Reri Grist photographed by Carl Van Vechten on December 15, 1959.

Jazz singer Sallie Blair (1934-1992) photographed by Eliot Elisofon for LIFE magazine, 1957.

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Elvis Presley photographed by Alfred Wertheimer

recording at RCA Studio 1 in New York on July 2, 1956. During this session, he recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Sallie Blair

(1934 – 1992)

was an African-American jazz singer from Baltimore. She began her career singing with Johnny Otis and Duke Ellington in the early 1950s before she won the talent competition Chance of a Lifetime on ABC-TV. Soon after she joined Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Revue and then became a popular nightclub act. Sallie was a reoccurring performer on Ed Sullivan’s shows and was rumored to have had an affair with him. She performed for the royal family at the London Palladium and broke protocall by kicking off her shoes and doing a sexy barefoot dance. Although Sallie released two albums as a solo artist, Squeeze Me (1957) and Hello, Tiger! (1958), she was more known for her beauty and sex appeal. Sallie often changed her hair color, but early in her career she was known for being a blonde. The press referred to her as the  "blonde bombshell” and Miles Davis called her the “brown Marilyn Monroe.” She married pianist and arranger Rene DeKnight in 1963 and still appeared on TV throughout the the 1960s as her popularity waned. In 1978, Sallie was linked to Warren Beatty then she disappeared from the public. She died at the age of 57 in 1992.

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Marilyn Monroe arriving by helicopter to a party held in her honor in August 1952. It was hosted by orchestra leader Ray Anthony who debuted a song he wrote for her titled “Marilyn.”