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The Early 1950s
This is a forgotten era of music. This era of pop I believed was shoved aside by Rock 'n' Roll because of the push for "family friendly" style of music caused by the influx of babies being born... The Baby Boom. I noticed an increase of "children's style" songs emerging from this period such as "Doggie In The Window", "Sugarbush", "The Glow Worm", "The Aba Daba Honeymoon", just to name a few.
All in all, it was a diverse period for pop music in general. What most of us used to call "Middle of the Road" pop. Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Nat "King" Cole were most popular in the early 1950's. A waning transition from big band swing to contemporary swing. Other pop singers like Frankie Lane, Patti Page, Doris Day and Georgia Gibbs produced more colorful upbeat pop with a mildly "happy" family safe sound. I believe record producers realized the millions of dollars to be made releasing "family" style music into pop in the early 1950's.
Country and Western music was extremely popular in the early 50's. Hank Williams Sr. was a mega-star for the "tear in the beer" ballads such as Your Cheating Heart and Cold, Cold Heart. The Country and Western style was so influential it spilled into mainstream pop with Patti Page's Tennessee Waltz, Frankie Lane's Mule Train and Joan Weber's Let Me Go Lover. It was time for "western swing".
The Big Bands however seemed to have faded away or just became so homogenized to the point where their music could literally put you to sleep. This left a huge vacuum for something big to come along. Something young people could really groove on and dance to. By 1952, this forced many, many young people to search the AM dial for something worth listening to. They found R & B stations. "Black" radio stations. As early as 1952, Rhythm & Blues began seeing a climb in record sales and by 1953 main stream radio couldn't help but to put "Crying In The Chapel" by The Orioles and "Gee" by The Crows on their charts. Hence, the birth of "Rock 'n' Roll.
If the "Big Bands" only kept up to speed with "high energy" music like they had recorded in the late 30's and early 40's, the "Big Band" era may have lasted up to 1964 when the Beatles arrived. 

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it should remain mono.

1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954