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Rock & Roll: 50s!

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Chelsey Thompson

on 7 November 2016

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Elvis Presley: "the King of Rock & Roll"
* born: 1935 (Tupelo, MS) died: 1977 (Memphis, TN)

* prominent songs: "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Don't Be Cruel," & "Love Me Tender"

* controversial dancing, "Ed Sullivan Show" incident


Bill Haley: "the Father of Rock & Roll"
* born: 1925 (Highland Park, MI) died: 1981 (Harlingen, Texas)

* prominent songs: "Rock Around the Clock," (1st R&R song?) "Shake, Rattle and Roll" & "Crazy Man, Crazy"

* born blind in one eye, died of brain tumor

* band "Bill Haley & the Comets" impacted pronunciation of Halley's Comet

*played lots of high school dances, had integrated shows,
self-admitted alcoholic (before people were generally candid about such topics)
Buddy Holley
* born: 1936 (Lubbock, TX) died: 1959 (Cerro Gordo Cty, IA)

* prominent songs: "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue"

* Buddy Holly & the Crickets were Beatles largest musical influences

* large stylistic influence (glasses)

* bridged racial divide, prioritized European exposure

* death (plane crash) is immensely influential, first young celeb death of Rock & Roll
Chuck Berry
* born: 1926 (St. Louis, MO)

* prominent songs: "Johnny B. Goode," Roll Over Beethoven"

* influential GUITARIST, songwriter, and energetic performer

* a couple of stints in prison

* popular live performer, tour in US & UK

* integrated shows, opened integrated clubs
Jerry Lee Lewis "The Killer"
* born: 1935 (Ferriday, LA)

* prominent songs: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Great Balls of Fire"

* Rock & Roll pioneer, especially concerning piano in genre

* huge career faltered after scandal concerning marrying his cousin...

* known as "Wildest Man in Rock & Roll"
Rock & Roll: 50s!
* his enlisting in the Army had immense impact on the expansion of his fan base

* the first musician to truly embrace large-scale tours: even international, visited soldiers overseas regularly

* though worked hard to keep "clean" image (drugs, alcohol, smoking)
death is generally assumed cardiac arrest due to overdose


* Richard Wayne Penniman (born Dec. 5, 1932 in Macon, GA-still alive)

* Dad was church deacon/moonshine bootlegger

*began performing in downtown Macon in many different capacities
including for prophet/spiritualist Dr. Nubilio

* biggest hits: "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally"

* controversies over sexuality, drug abuse (cocaine, heroin, PCP)

* large contributor to piano's role in early Rock & Roll, high-energy

* Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones & Bruno Mars all claim him
as a primary musical influence

"Little Richard"
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