Hitting Rock Bottom Archive

The Wolf is at your door

January 10th, marks the anniversary of the death of one of our favorite musicians; a GIANT of the blues and one of the most original and striking vocalists/performers in all American music: Chester Arthur Burnett, a.k.a. Howlin’ Wolf. We thought we’d look back on Wolf’s life with a few of his greatest songs. EARLY LIFE:

Elvis Presley

In the decades prior to the 1950s, both black music and white not only co-existed, but inspired each other. It’s fairly common knowledge that many country artists incorporated the black blues style into THEIR style (i.e. Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams) but not many people are aware that black artists were, in turn, inspired by

Little Richard

Little Richard claims to be the “architect of rock’n’roll”. Why? Because, as the man himself says, we must remember that he was recording as early as 1951, before Elvis. True enough, but it seems that Little Richard forgets that Big Joe Turner made his first record (“Roll ‘Em Pete”/”Goin’ Away Blues”) on December 30, 1938

Chuck Berry – Hail, Hail, Rock ‘N’ Roll

In a sense, Chuck Berry’s story was different to that of Bill Haley and Elvis in that Chuck was a black man inspired by country music. For example, Chuck’s first record, 1955’s “Maybellene,” was based on the country classic “Ida Red,” and in 1964, Berry recorded a version of “Crazy Arms,” first cut by country

Rock ‘n’ Roll History Lesson #3

So far, I covered the different meanings of the phrase “rock’n’roll” and songs that highlight those meanings. I have shown that white artists embraced black styles decades before Elvis emerged on the scene and that rockabilly clearly existed in the 1940s but that it was called hillbilly boogie. It’s now time to feature some blues/R&B