One of the most famous big band vocalists in the history of music, Frank Sinatra is a household-recognized name across the world. Because of alleged ties with the Mafia and his New Deal politics, conservatives ostracized him. He was even subject to thousands of pages of review by the US Government, especially under Hoover. Perhaps those who disliked Sinatra were right, after all: if God wanted music to change he would have made it that way in the first place.
This rock and roll legend was at the forefront of the transition into "that damn rock music" during the mid 1950's (his only #1 song was a joke track called "My Ding-a-Ling"). His controversies mostly revolved around his "criminal activity," which included a carjacking with a nonfunctional pistol when he was a teenager, his involvement with an underage prostitute later in his career, and income tax evasion. Wow, now that's a gangster. His intended involvement with a girl who, by today's standards, was old enough to dance around as a Disney moneymaker may have forever scarred the youth. And tax evasion, how could he?
Jerry Lee Lewis
Often quoted as saying, "Rock and Roll is the Devil's music," this Christian school expelled musician was seen not only as a pusher of eclectic, sexual music, but also destroyed the family unit by marrying his second wife days before the divorce with his first wife was finalized. And if that wasn't enough, the man's career stopped short when he married his thirteen-year old cousin years later. In order to restore his career, Lewis turned to country music, presumably assuming those who listen to country music are no strangers to incest.