We're observing how music changes decade by decade. We started in 1941 - ten years later, the big bands were largely gone, sweet singers were big, rhythm and blues was everywhere.
And we were on the cusp of rock and roll. A young Elvis Presley was listening to Big Boy Crudup songs on the radio. Bill Haley was singing with a western swing band - in 1951, he covered a record that some say was the first rock and roll song.
Listen to the sounds of 1951 here
Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.