Origins of Rock N Roll

Blues had a baby, and He named it, rock n roll. Rock n roll is like an Old testimant-styled epic, which begins when African music was brought over to America in the 18th century by slaves. There, it incorporated elements of European music (poetic narrative, harmony) but retained driving rythm, call and response shouts and scales with dissonant notes, know as ‘blues notes’.

The first successful rock n roll band was called Bill Haley and the comets, probably the first rock n roll band was Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats. Rock n roll is mainly a combination of blues, country music, gospel music and jazz. It originated and got its name in the 1950s in The USA, though hints of rock n roll can be found in country records in the 1930s, or even blues records in the 1920s.

The typical instruments used in rock n roll are: Electric guitar, string bass, or later bass guitar, drums and sometimes piano, saxophone and vocals.

In the late 1940s early 1950s saxophone or piano were the lead instrument, but after that it was replaced by lead guitar with a rhythm guitar as well.

Far 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 n roll bands included:

Chuck Berry Chuck Berry (1963)

Elvis Presley The Sun Years (1977)

Little Richard Little Richard: IB Greatest hits (1985)

Various From Spirituals To Swing: Carnegie Hall Concerts 1938/39 (1987)

Here is an example of a style of a rock n roll song, by a band who had their own version of rock n roll… Led Zeppelin, Rock N Roll


About Joe Sanchez Lawrance

I play guitar, I love rock n roll and I speak a little Portuguese.

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