Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Great Rock and Roll Roots...51 hot and rockin' tracks from the original artists

This is the first post of a series I will be featuring on music roots. If you're a big music fan like me it's always interesting to find out the history of a certain genre of music or even one song or artist. This series will help to give you some background of where certain music came from and how it originated. Hope you enjoy it.

Rock and roll is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, primarily from a combination of African-American genres such as blues, jump blues, jazz, and gospel music, together with Western swing and country music. Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in blues records from the 1920s and in country records of the 1930s, the genre did not acquire its name until the 1950s.

In the earliest rock and roll styles of the late 1940s and early 1950s, either the piano or saxophone was often the lead instrument, but these were generally replaced or supplemented by guitar in the middle to late 1950s. The beat is essentially a blues rhythm with an accentuated backbeat, the latter almost always provided by a snare drum. Classic rock and roll is usually played with one or two electric guitars (one lead, one rhythm), a string bass or (after the mid-1950s) an electric bass guitar, and a drum kit. Beyond simply a musical style, rock and roll, as seen in movies and on television, influenced lifestyles, fashion, attitudes, and language. It went on to spawn various sub-genres, often without the initially characteristic backbeat, that are now more commonly called simply "rock music" or "rock".

Rock music is now one the world's most popular and adaptable musical genres. In the 1950's, Rock and Roll revolutionized popular music culture with artists like Bill Haley, Lloyd Price, Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Drifters, Ruth Brown, Amos Milburn, Louis Jordan, Rufus Thomas and Ray Charles. 

This compilation features 51 classic performances by major acts as well as songs that would go on to become Rock and Roll standards such as "Hound Dog", That's All Right Mama", "Sixty Minute Man", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Mystery Train", "Mess Around", "One Scotch,One Bourbon,One Beer", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and many more. Your very own jukebox in one collection!

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