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May 23, 2020

20 Vintage Posters of Rock ’N Roll and R&B Concerts in the 1950s and ’60s

Rock and roll (often written as rock ’n roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s from musical styles such as gospel, jump blues, jazz, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, and country music.

Rock ’n roll and R&R concert posters in the 1950s and 1960s

While elements of what was to become rock and roll can be heard in blues records from the 1920s and in country records of the 1930s, the genre did not acquire its name until 1954.

The term “rhythm and blues” (abbreviated as R&B) has undergone a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s, it was frequently applied to blues records. Starting in the mid-1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music.

In the 1960s, several British rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Animals were referred to and promoted as being R&B bands; posters for the Who’s residency at the Marquee Club in 1964 contained the slogan, “Maximum R&B”. Their mix of rock and roll and R&B is now known as “British rhythm and blues”.

Here below is an amazing set of vintage posters that shows rock ’n roll and R&B concerts in the 1950s and 1960s.

American Legion Hall (Chattanooga, Tennessee), July 4, 1951

Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee), September 27, 1955

Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee), August 8, 1957

Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee), March 18, 1957

Municipal Auditorium (Kansas City, Missouri), November 10, 1957

Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee), February 4, 1958

Howard High School (Chattanooga, Tennessee), April 4, 1960

Evergreen Ballroom (Olympia, Washington), May 5, 1963

Royal Theatre (Baltimore, Maryland), October 18, 1963

Sunset Lake Park (Portsmouth, Virginia), July 4, 1963

Auditorium Macon (Macon, Georgia), August 1, 1964

Civic Auditorium (Albuquerque, New Mexico), May 2, 1964

Charleston County Hall (Charleston, South Carolina), April 21, 1965

Waco Coliseum (Waco, Texas), March 18, 1965

Ellis Memorial Auditorium (Memphis, Tennessee), August 6, 1966

Civic Auditorium (Knoxville, Tennessee), February 3, 1967

Wooden Shoe Ballroom (Portland, Oregon), March 5, 1967

Civic Auditorium (Knoxville, Tennessee), June 28, 1968

Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, North Carolina), April 28, 1968

Victory Stadium (Roanoke, Virginia), June 26, 1968


  1. "The Tan and Brown Beatles"? What was that?

  2. Set the Wayback Machine to August 6, 1966, Memphis, Tennessee, if you please Sherman.




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