Out for Kicks – Crooners & Torch Singers from the Era of Rock & Roll
This playlist is a collection of my 250 favorite croon tunes and torch songs from 1956-1964. They represent genres such as Blues, R&B, Soul, Country, Jazz, Doo-Wop, Folk music & Rockabilly from the late 50s & early 60s, music often referred to as Rock & Roll.
Rock & Roll originated and arose in the United States during the late 40s and early 50s. The music primarily evolved from a combination of blues, country, jazz and gospel music The songs presented here are recorded between the end of the initial period of Rock & Roll and what became known in the US as the "British Invasion", an era full of playful innovations and musical trends that helped shape Rock music into what it is today.
The theme on the playlist is croon tunes and torch songs. A Crooner is an epithet that was given to male singers and torch singers is a term describing their female counterparts. The term Crooner was originally an ironic term to describe an emphatically sentimental, often emotional singing style made possible by the use of microphones. Earlier popular singers, like Al Jolson had to have a very loud vocal style in order to reach the rear seats of a theater. But the microphone made possible the more personal style, like that of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
The era of Rock & Roll presented a new type of Crooner where already strong vocalists used microphones to emphasize their voices even further. The style combined the emotional singing of the original crooner with a louder, rawer and bluesier vocal style, making part of the singing louder and the crooning even more emotional.