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Thread #149412 Message #3477982
Posted By: GUEST,DDT
10-Feb-13 - 03:16 PM
Thread Name: What is Rock 'n Roll???
Subject: RE: What is Rock 'n Roll???
Bill Haley was the first white man to openly perform black music. That's what rocknroll is--a mixture of white and black styles into one. He was hooked into the people that were bringing it about. "Rock Around the Clock" was produced by Milt Gabler who was one of the authors of Louis Jordan's "Choo-Choo-Cha-Boogie" which many believe to be the start of jump blues--the immediate precursor of rocknroll (Freed actually WAS calling it rocknroll because that is the stuff he played on his Moondog program which I have recordings of).
People back then weren't aware that "Choo-Choo-Cha-Boogie" was actually written by three white men. Hillbilly songwriters at that. Sam Phillips took credit as being the first producer to recognize the necessity of finding a white man to sing black music but that's really not true. Johnny Mercer was doing that back when he founded Capitol Records in '42. "Rock Around the Clock" IS rocknroll. And all the people I know who were alive back then tell me that the first rocknroll they ever heard was Bill Haley.
Elvis may have did old blues but I don't know why that doesn't qualify as doing the first true rocknroll. He did those songs with a country twang and that was a totally new sound. He also jacked up "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and even Bill Munroe admitted he liked it. I consider that rocknroll--the melding of black and white styles into a new hybrid that took on a life of its own.
Anyone who thinks blues is separate from rocknroll must have never heard of George Thorogood, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Topp or Jimi Hendrix. All blues artists immensely popular in the rock world and perhaps the last decent acts America has turned out. Without blues, there would probably never have been a British rock scene--the Animals, the Yardbirds, the Stones, Zeppelin, Savoy Brown, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Foghat, Fleetwood Mac, etc. All blues bands. I have old radio ads for record stores in the 50s advertising to kids all their latest rocknroll favorites and one of the songs he mentioned was "You Upsets Me Baby" by B.B. King. Much of rocknroll IS blues. Every rock band had a few blues songs in their repertoires.