Elvis Presley in a promotion shot for Jailhouse Rock in "Rockabilly" usually but not exclusively refers to the type of rock and roll music which was played and recorded in the mids primarily by white singers such as Elvis PresleyCarl PerkinsJohnny Cashand Jerry Lee Lewiswho drew mainly on the country roots of the music. His style of music combined with black influences created controversy during a turbulent time in history but that did not stop them from creating what we call Rock n Roll.
Rock and roll was everything the suburban s were not. While parents of the decade were listening to Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and big bands, their children were moving to a new beat. In fact, to the horror of the older generation, their children were twisting, thrusting, bumping, and grinding to the sounds of rock and roll.
This generation of youth was much larger than any in recent memory, and the prosperity of the era gave them money to spend on records and phonographs. By the end of the decade, the phenomenon of rock and roll helped define the difference between youth and adulthood.
The Roots of Rock Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey credited with coining the phrase "rock and roll," was the master of ceremonies at many of the first rock concerts, including his Easter Jubilee.
The roots of rock and roll lay in African American blues and gospel. As the Great Migration brought many African Americans to the cities of the north, the sounds of rhythm and blues attracted suburban teens. Due to segregation and racist attitudes, however, none of the greatest artists of the genre could get much airplay.
Disc jockey Alan Freed began a rhythm-and-blues show on a Cleveland radio station. Soon the audience grew and grew, and Freed coined the term "rock and roll.
Record producers saw the market potential and began to search for a white artist who could capture the African American sound. Sam Phillips, a Memphis record producer, found the answer in Elvis Presley. With a deep Southern sound, pouty lips, and gyrating hips, Elvis took an old style and made it his own.
From Memphis, the sound spread to other cities, and demand for Elvis records skyrocketed. Within two years, Elvis was the most popular name in the entertainment business.
After the door to rock and roll acceptance was opened, African American performers such as Chuck BerryFats Domino, and Little Richard began to enjoy broad success, as well.
White performers such as Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis also found artistic freedom and commercial success. A generation of young teenagers collectively rebelled against the music their parents loved. In general, the older generation loathed rock and roll. Because rock and roll originated among the lower classes and a segregated ethnic group, many middle-class whites thought it was tasteless.
Rock and roll records were banned from many radio stations and hundreds of schools. But the masses spoke louder. Rock and roll is the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression — lewd, sly, in plain fact, dirty — a rancid-smelling aphrodisiac and the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth.
As a generation of young adults finished military service, bought houses in suburbia, and longed for stability and conformity, their children seemed to take comfort for granted.
They wanted to release the tensions that bubbled beneath the smooth surface of postwar America.
Above all, they wanted to shake, rattle, and roll.Serving as an introduction for neophytes and a refresher course for experts, The History of Rock and Roll is a mammoth and, when considered on its own terms, frequently successful undertaking. The series, which was first presented in , consumes some minutes, with 10 episodes (there are no bonus features) spread out over five discs.
/5(84). Delighted to see you. I invite you to go back in time to the sixties and seventies, an era which shaped the world as we know it today. Let's re-discover the history of rock and roll through the eyes of a radio show host born nearly half a century later.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 24, TOP STREAM 32 Kbps (UPGRADED FEBRUARY 21, ) History of Rock and Roll Demo (). The History of Rock and Roll Demo was first distributed in , when Drake-Chenault and American Independent Radio were succesfully syndicating the magic of KHJ worldwide.
Originally produced by Ron Jacobs for KHJ, it aired February , . Nina Simone is known as the "High Priestess of Soul" but her style and range extend far beyond one style of music - learn more about Simone's legacy in our PNC Inductee Insights.
The use of rock, roll, rock and roll, etc., with reference to sexual intercourse, is traditional in blues, a form of popular music that evolved in the 's from rhythm and blues, characterized by the use of electric guitars, a strong rhythm with an accent on the offbeat, and youth-oriented lyrics.
History of Rock, Part One from University of Rochester. This course, part 1 of a 2-course sequence, examines the history of rock, primarily as it unfolded in the United States, from the days before rock (pre) to the end of the s.
We will follow the story of how this rowdy first wave of rock and roll ().