have been measured at the time for the social and economic part it was about to play, first in America and then around the world. It was one of the first “format wars” of the 20th Century when in 1947 Columbia introduced the LP, a 12” vinyl record as a significant technological improvement to the 78. Not to be outdone, RCA brought out the 45 the following year. The benefit of the 45 was that it ushered in smaller, portable and readily affordable record players. Teenagers were no longer tethered to the family record player nor did they have to listen to their parent’s music, which was still very much Big Band and crooning singers. For the first time a new class of consumer was created - the teenager - and the music industry was ready to exploit it.
MOVIES tickets average $1.00 1950 – Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, Winchester ‘73 1951 – African Queen, An American in Paris, The Day the Earth Stood Still 1952 – Singing in the Rain, High Noon, The Quiet Man, The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 – Roman Holiday, Shane, Staglag 17, From Here to Eternity 1954 – On the Waterfront, Rear Window, Godzilla, Caine Mutiny 1955 – Rebel Without a Cause, Marty, Lady and the Tramp, Oklahoma! 1956 – The Ten Commandments, Forbidden Planet, The King and I, The Bad Seed 1957 – Bridge on the River Kwai, 12 Angry Men, Old Yeller, Jailhouse Rock 1958 –The Blob, Gigi, A Night to Remember, King Creole, The Fly 1959 – Some Like it Hot, Ben-Hur, On the Beach, North by Northwest, Gidget
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