Prelude to Rock & Roll

Before rock got rolling, hundreds of tributaries were converging: blues, gospel, bebop, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, country, hillbilly. Go to YouTube and listen to and watch Hank Williams, Louie Jordan, and Big Joe Turner. The Juke in the Back website collects those seminal tunes from the 1940s and 50s and adds detailed documentation. Little RichardI’m listening via Tunein to Episode 176, the earliest recordings of Little Richard, as I write this.

Terri Gross’ NPR program Fresh Air also has a well-done audio rock & roll history series by Ed Ward: Fresh Air Rock History. Mr. Ward weaves together the up and down lives of not only the musicians, but the record labels, recording engineers, deejays, agents, and promoters. Mr. Ward also covers artists of the 1960s and 70s.

When dinosaurs roamed the earth
These guys paint a chaotic picture of the early rock music scene. I vaguely recall listening to an assortment of country, gospel, and blues when I was a boy in the early 1950s. I first heard Elvis in 1955, then Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis. My world changed.

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