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Thread #149412   Message #3478404
Posted By: GUEST,DDT
11-Feb-13 - 05:32 PM
Thread Name: What is Rock 'n Roll???
Subject: RE: What is Rock 'n Roll???
A pretty good CD set is "The Roots of Rock N Roll--1946-1954". I bought it at a record store that stocks everything but since stores like that are disappearing, you can order it off Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Roots-Rock-N-Roll-1946-1954/dp/B0001XAQVY

It's a good crash course in learning about the pioneers--Roy Milton, the Delmore Bros., Sticks McGhee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Wynonie Harris, Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams, Wild Bill Moore, The Ravens, Jimmy and Joe Liggins, Peppermint Harris, Tiny Bradshaw, Ruth Brown, Howlin' Wolf, Billy Ward & the Dominoes, the Clovers, Big Mama Thornton, Hank Ballard, Amos Milburn, Little Junior, The Orioles, Little Willie Littlefield, Faye Adams, Guitar Slim, The Chords, The 5 Royales, etc.

Try to find Todd Rhodes' "Blues for the Red Boy" from '49 which was the theme for Freed's Moondog radio show. Another is Nolan Strong & the Diablos doing "The Wind" from 1954 (Laura Nyro covered it rather nicely). I have a CD of old instrumentals that has Bill Doggett's "Honky Tonk" from '56 and Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Space Guitar" from '54. Janis Martin's "Barefoot Baby." Jack Scott's "LeRoy" and "The Way I Walk". These are all essential rock and roll documents. Must-haves.