How Rock And Roll Started

Published: 02nd June 2010
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Rock & Roll music has had a long, winding and story filled history and has been written by numerous musical artists on a journey into many different offshoots and genres evolving into a wide range of subcategories we here in our time.

There definitely has been a pile of arguments as to where the original term rock and roll was first used but one thing is the fact, the term rock and roll was a euphemism used by blacks for sex! This slang term was definitely in use in the early 1900s and we have a record done in 1922 by Trixie Smith entitled My Man Rocks Me With One Steady Roll. Many of the blacks in the 1940s and 1950s got quite a kick out of the slang term being used on white radio stations without the conservative audiences of the day with the conservative audiences of the day not fully understanding what the phrase referred to.

Rock & Roll became a real force by the mid-50s when Elvis Presley began to play a version of music that became known as Rockabilly which combined rock and roll music with his country and western background. Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins were two other musicians who performed rockabilly while black performers who appeared like Fats Domino and Little Richard played a different type of rock and roll music that was highly influenced by black rhythm and blues. Even Johnny Cash was a rockabilly performer with his song Folsom Prison Blues back in 1956. But no matter how you want say how it started, rock and roll was a style of music here to stay. There was a bit of a lull in rock and roll music into the early 60s but British bands were covering many American rock and roll music hits along with all of the rhythm and blues records they could get their hands on and before long the Beatles and the British invasion swamped America bringing with it a resurgence of rock and roll music.

Rock & roll music has had an amazing cultural impact throughout the world. Everything from hairstyles, clothing styles and fashion, attitudes and lifestyles and patterns of speech and language have all been influenced in some way by the varied iterations of rock and roll music. Rock n roll also created a very large number of stars and superstars who sold millions upon millions of records, CDs, MP3s and musical downloads.

Rock & roll music came from various influences like early blues, country music, rhythm and blues as well as black folk music and has in turn created spinoffs such as folk rock, progressive rock, glam rock, psychedelic rock, alternative rock, punk music, surf music and heavy metal.

May rock and roll music live on forever!
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