In 1958, rock and roll was definitely the beat of popular music. The featured artists of 1958 are all members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ricky Nelson didn't make it the first year and many dismiss him as a "Teen Idol" but his rockabilly sound of 1958 on songs such as "Believe What You Say" make him a worthy member. Chuck Berry is sometimes considered the "Father" of Rock and Roll with his innovative combination of blues and country with lyrics addressed to a teen audience. Buddy Holly was the first martyr of rock and roll, but in a brief career pointed music in a rock and roll direction. Jerry Lee Lewis epitomised the reckless abandon and rebellion that go hand in hand with rock and roll.
Featured Artists

The Platters
Bill Haley
Pat Boone
Little Richard

Perry Como
Fats Domino
The Coasters
The Everly Brothers
Ricky Nelson
Chuck Berry
Buddy Holly
Jerry Lee Lewis
Connie Francis
Paul Anka
Bobby Darin
Lloyd Price
Jackie Wilson
Brook Benton
Johnny Burnette
Sam Cooke
Brenda Lee
Bobby Rydell
Patsy Cline
Roy Orbison
The Shirelles
Bobby Vee
Ray Charles
The Crystals
The 4 Seasons
Gene Pitney
Neil Sedaka
The Beach Boys
Jan & Dean
Lesley Gore
Peter, Paul & Mary
The Miracles