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12th Mar '18 12:47:23 PM TheSaddleman
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* ''Guitar Boogie'' (1945) by Arthur Smith. An instrumental song, featuring an electric guitar solo. The original recording was hardly noticed. It was re-released in 1948 and became a major hit. Influenced later rock guitarists and helped popularize the use of electric guitars.

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* ''Guitar Boogie'' (1945) by Arthur Smith. An instrumental song, featuring an electric guitar solo. The original recording was hardly noticed. It was re-released in 1948 and became a major hit. Influenced later rock guitarists and helped popularize the use of electric guitars. It is built around one of early rock and roll's core melodies, which is heard in countless songs and instrumentals of the era.



* ''The Fat Man'' (1949) by Fats Domino. First major hit for the singer, helped popularize the use of drums for backbeat. Which would become a defining element of Rock And Roll. Previous songs either lacked backbeat or used hand-clapping and/or tambourines for that purpose.

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* ''The Fat Man'' (1949) by Fats Domino. First major hit for the singer, helped popularize the use of drums for backbeat. Which would become a defining element of Rock And Roll. Previous songs either lacked backbeat or used hand-clapping and/or tambourines for that purpose. Due primarily to Domino's later accomplishments in rock and roll, this song is sometimes cited as the first rock and roll song.



* ''Rocket 88'' (1951) by Jackie Brenston, accompanied by Ike Turner and his band. On the surface a hymn to a fast car, actually contained lyrics with sexual implications. Received a popular cover by Bill Haley. Both versions are considered early examples of 1950s rock and highly influential. Both also claim to be the first rock and roll recording. The Brenston version is also cited as an early use of a distorted electric guitar sound, though an accidental one. The amplifier of guitarist Willie Kizart was damaged in transportation, and a hasty attempt at repair resulted in a distorted sound. Record producer Sam Phillips reportedly liked the unusual sound and decided to keep it in the official recording. Listening to the Brentson and Haley recordings side-by-side provide a vivid demonstration of the audio difference between rhythm and blues and rockabilly.

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* ''Teardrops From My Eyes'' (1950) by Bill Haley and the Saddleman. This country-western adaptation of the earlier Ruth Brown R&B hit added slap bass and a danceable beat and actually predates ''Rocket 88'' (see below) by a year. Ironically recorded for Atlantic Records (a label better known for its R&B recordings), but only rediscovered by fans within the last decade or so owing to its rarity, it is now considered Haley's first rock and roll recording.
* ''Rocket 88'' (1951) by Jackie Brenston, accompanied by Ike Turner and his band. On the surface a hymn to a fast car, actually contained lyrics with sexual implications. Received a popular cover by Bill Haley.Haley and the Saddlemen. Both versions are considered early examples of 1950s rock and highly influential. Both are also claim claimed to be the first rock and roll recording. The Brenston version is also cited as an early use of a distorted electric guitar sound, though an accidental one. The amplifier of guitarist Willie Kizart was damaged in transportation, and a hasty attempt at repair resulted in a distorted sound. Record producer Sam Phillips reportedly liked the unusual sound and decided to keep it in the official recording. Listening to the Brentson and Haley recordings side-by-side provide a vivid demonstration of the audio difference between rhythm and blues and rockabilly.



* ''That's All Right'' (1954) by Elvis Presley. Cover of an older song by a new artist. Debut hit by Elvis, and one of the first hits of the genre.

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* ''That's All Right'' (1954) by Elvis Presley. Cover of an older song by a new artist. Debut First single and debut hit by Elvis, and one of the first hits of the genre.
7th Mar '18 6:39:11 AM Kenshin94
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18th Jan '18 10:54:56 PM HighCrate
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By the end of TheFifties, Rock 'n' Roll [[DeaderThanDisco all but died]], in part because of a form of AuthorExistenceFailure due to Elvis being drafted into the army, popular performers like Music/BuddyHolly and Music/EddieCochran dying in accidents, Music/LittleRichard abandoning the music in favor of religion, Music/JerryLeeLewis being ostracized for marrying a teenage cousin, Bill Haley focusing on middle of the road instrumental and Country music, and Chuck Berry going to jail. As the 1960s began, things weren't much better as Elvis got reduced to starring in a string of less-than-stellar films and the Rock 'n' Roll genre in general being reduced to one novelty tune after another (such as The Twist). It took the Brits, previously alien towards rock, but inspired by Haley, Elvis, Berry and the others to [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion revive it and refine its form]]. One of these bands, rather obviously, was Music/TheBeatles.

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By the end of TheFifties, Rock 'n' Roll [[DeaderThanDisco all but died]], died, in part because of a form of AuthorExistenceFailure due to Elvis being drafted into the army, popular performers like Music/BuddyHolly and Music/EddieCochran dying in accidents, Music/LittleRichard abandoning the music in favor of religion, Music/JerryLeeLewis being ostracized for marrying a teenage cousin, Bill Haley focusing on middle of the road instrumental and Country music, and Chuck Berry going to jail. As the 1960s began, things weren't much better as Elvis got reduced to starring in a string of less-than-stellar films and the Rock 'n' Roll genre in general being reduced to one novelty tune after another (such as The Twist). It took the Brits, previously alien towards rock, but inspired by Haley, Elvis, Berry and the others to [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion revive it and refine its form]]. One of these bands, rather obviously, was Music/TheBeatles.
16th Jan '18 12:49:42 AM Ezclee4050
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->''That ain't no freight train that you hear''
->''Rollin' down the railroad tracks.''
->''That's a country-born piano man''
->''Playin' in-between the cracks!''

->''You say that music's for the birds''
->''You can't understand the words.''
->''Well, honey, if you did, you'd '''really''' blow your lid''
->''Cause baby, that is rock & roll!''
-->--'''The Coasters''', "That is Rock & Roll" (written by Creator/LeiberAndStoller)
29th Oct '17 12:46:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''Open the Door, Richard'' (1946) by Jack [=McVea=]. A novelty song based on an old {{Vaudeville}} act. One or more drunken men return home. But the only key to their current residence belongs to a roommate who stayed home that night. Repeated attempts to alert him and get him to open the door go unanswered. Leaving the man/men wondering what Richard is doing. The song received several popular covers in 1947, coined a catchphrase, and inspired [[AnswerSong Answer Songs]]. It went on to have an influence on early rock and become a catchphrase of the CivilRightsMovement, applied to desegregation.

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* ''Open the Door, Richard'' (1946) by Jack [=McVea=]. A novelty song based on an old {{Vaudeville}} act. One or more drunken men return home. But the only key to their current residence belongs to a roommate who stayed home that night. Repeated attempts to alert him and get him to open the door go unanswered. Leaving the man/men wondering what Richard is doing. The song received several popular covers in 1947, coined a catchphrase, and inspired [[AnswerSong Answer Songs]]. It went on to have an influence on early rock and become a catchphrase of the CivilRightsMovement, UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, applied to desegregation.
15th Oct '17 3:00:32 PM nombretomado
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By the end of TheFifties, Rock 'n' Roll [[DeaderThanDisco all but died]], in part because of a form of AuthorExistenceFailure due to Elvis being drafted into the army, popular performers like Music/BuddyHolly and Music/EddieCochran dying in accidents, Music/LittleRichard abandoning the music in favor of religion, Music/JerryLeeLewis being ostracized for marrying a teenage cousin, Bill Haley focusing on middle of the road instrumental and Country music, and Chuck Berry going to jail. As the 1960s began, things weren't much better as Elvis got reduced to starring in a string of less-than-stellar films and the Rock 'n' Roll genre in general being reduced to one novelty tune after another (such as The Twist). It took the Brits, previously alien towards rock, but inspired by Haley, Elvis, Berry and the others to [[TheBritishInvasion revive it and refine its form]]. One of these bands, rather obviously, was Music/TheBeatles.

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By the end of TheFifties, Rock 'n' Roll [[DeaderThanDisco all but died]], in part because of a form of AuthorExistenceFailure due to Elvis being drafted into the army, popular performers like Music/BuddyHolly and Music/EddieCochran dying in accidents, Music/LittleRichard abandoning the music in favor of religion, Music/JerryLeeLewis being ostracized for marrying a teenage cousin, Bill Haley focusing on middle of the road instrumental and Country music, and Chuck Berry going to jail. As the 1960s began, things weren't much better as Elvis got reduced to starring in a string of less-than-stellar films and the Rock 'n' Roll genre in general being reduced to one novelty tune after another (such as The Twist). It took the Brits, previously alien towards rock, but inspired by Haley, Elvis, Berry and the others to [[TheBritishInvasion [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion revive it and refine its form]]. One of these bands, rather obviously, was Music/TheBeatles.
31st May '17 6:38:33 PM ElfinGib
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27th Mar '17 1:01:59 PM sydhighwind
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** Creator/AndyBiersack
26th Jan '17 5:08:15 PM azraelfinalstar
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+ PopMusic, DooWop (in some later cases)

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+ + Traditional PopMusic, {{Jazz}}, DooWop (in some later cases)
4th Nov '16 10:48:39 PM ElfinGib
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