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Where did Rock 'n' Roll come from?

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Lori Pyatt

on 25 November 2014

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Transcript of Where did Rock 'n' Roll come from?

Where did Rock 'n' Roll come from?
Northern Band Rock & Roll
New Orleans Dance Blues
Memphis Rockabilly
Chicago Rhythm & Blues
Doo-Wop Groups
Buddy Holly
Where did it come from?
As mentioned before, it was a mixture of:
a. R & B
b. Country music
c. with gospel and doo-wop thrown in.
Triple Threat
The new style became important when it crossed over into the mainstream pop music scene. In other words, when mainstream publishers took notice.
Remember that in the first half of the century, the charts were quite separated into mainstream pop, R&B, and country-western.
To reach #1 on any of those charts is an achievement, but to reach #1 all all three simultaneously- to be a triple threat....
Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" (recorded in 1956) was the first record ever to reach number one on all three Billboard charts (pop, R&B, country) simultaneously.
That was quickly followed by "Hound Dog" (1956) and "Jailhouse Rock" (1957).
Bill Haley & His Comets
"Rock Around the Clock"
This was actually a cover of a Glenn Miller tune!
Before rock & roll, Fats was considered by most to be a "country" artist.
Fats Domino
"Blueberry Hills"
Little Richard
"Tutti Frutti"
Considered himself to be the first "wild man" of rock & roll.
Carl Perkins
"Blue Suede Shoes"
All of these singers were recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis. Johnny Cash (country) was also recording there at this time.
Elvis Presley
"Heartbreak Hotel"
Jerry Lee Lewis
"Great Balls
of Fire"
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
Chuck Berry
"Johnny B. Goode"
Bo Diddley
"Hey, Bo Diddley"
The term "doo-wop" came from some of the nonsense syllables used by these groups. Nonsense syllables.... do you remember "scat?
The Chords

The Platters
"The Great Pretender"
The Coasters
"Yakety Yak"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets were influenced by the rockabilly style, but with their own unique sound.
Buddy Holly was from Lubbock, Texas. He died in a plane crash at age 22.
Here is his story (in 10 sections)
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