Besides the groups, there were also individual performers whose unique style made them an integral part of the early history of Rock and Roll. Some of my favorites:
Little Richard. "A-wop-bom-aloo-mop-a-lop-bam-boom," the famous opening line of "Tutti Frutti" (1955), launched Little Richard's career and remains his signature tune. Along with Elvis, Little Richard, with his slick curls, stiletto-thin mustache, and outrageous behavior helped define early rock and roll. Other memorable hits include "Slippin' and Slidin'," "Long Tall Sally," and "Good Golly Miss Molly."
Dick Clark. Many people know Dick as the old guy who ushers in the New Year on channel 7. His TV show, "American Bandstand" was the venue for new rock and roll artists in the fifties. The show debuted in 1957, and featured Philadelphia teens (who became celebrities in their own rite) dancing in a studio, and guest artists performing their latest songs. Dick was a rock impressario who launched many a career on his show, which lasted into the 1980s.
I love all kinds of music, (except rap) but there will always be a special place in my heart for the unforgettable doo-wop sounds and artists of the fifties.