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Where did Rock 'n' Roll come from?
Transcript of Where did Rock 'n' Roll come from?
Northern Band Rock & Roll
New Orleans Dance Blues
Chicago Rhythm & Blues
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.
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.
Considered himself to be the first "wild man" of rock & roll.
"Blue Suede Shoes"
All of these singers were recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis. Johnny Cash (country) was also recording there at this time.
Jerry Lee Lewis
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"
"Johnny B. Goode"
"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 Great Pretender"
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)