The dearth of surviving video material of 1950s rock’n’roll artists, even for well-known stars, means that almost none of the less well-known singers were ever captured performing before a camera. However, the energy and inventiveness of fans in the new media age means that there are some excellent videos out there on YouTube despite having no direct connection with the performing artists. Some are simply the uniting of a song to examples of filmed, but if the following video clips are not genuine they make up for it by their enthusiasm, fun and inventiveness!
A clip of the classic ‘flying saucer rock’n’roll’ by Billy Riley and his Little Green Men (1957), posted by *Mutleybird in 2010.
Continuing with the extra-terrestrial theme, here’s the clip of ‘the fang’ by Nervous Norvus (1956). Posted by Allan Gange, 2010.
A clip of ‘lover boy’ by the Cleftones (1958). Posted by *Mutleybird, 2011.
A clip from an old Laurel and Hardy film put to the music of ‘Bo Diddley’ by Bo Diddley. Posted by Donald Mattson, 2012.
A clip featuring an original cartoon put to the music of ‘rockabilly guy’ by the Polecats. The animation features the Finnish cartoon characters Eddie & Teddy – the English shows it to have been composed by someone who isn’t too used to English, but it’s still fun (avert your eyes if you’re prudish!). Posted by *Jariph, 2014.
A clip where Tom of ‘Tom & Jerry’ shows us his double bass skills and miming skills to the music of ‘mama, please, mama’ by Go Cat Go.