The Beats of the Fifties

... were multi-ethnic hybrids with a variety of origins.

  • The Bo Diddley beat, inspired by Afro-Caribbean music, caught on well with many performers putting it in their records, from Johnny Otis to Buddy Holly.
  • A bass guitar riff was conveniently used by Elvis and Fats Domino among many others was from Cuban music.
  • Mexican rhythms were popularized by Ritchie Valens.
  • The swinging saxophone heard in the Fifties rock was derived out of the Forties Big-Band swing, along with the stop-time breaks.

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