Fifties (1950s) Chord Progressions

PUBLISHED: Sep 10, 2013 • UPDATED: Jan 30, 2014 • LESSON CODE: UL59d • VISITS: 25

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Fifties (1950s) Chord Progressions

Another common way of extending the I - IV - V sequence is by adding the chord of the sixth scale degree, giving the sequence I - vi - IV - V or I - vi - ii - V, sometimes called the 50s progression.

1 6 4 5 -or- 1 6 2 5

In fact this sequence had been in use from the earliest days of classical music (used often by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), but after generating popular hits such as Rogers and Hart's Blue Moon (1934), Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields 1936 and Hoagy Carmichael's Heart and Soul (1938), it became associated with the black American vocal groups of the 1940s, The Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers Till The, and thus later became the entire basis of the 1950s doo-wop genre, a typical example being The Monotones' The Book of Love.

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