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…Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll History Lesson #2

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ow that we’ve cleared up the history of the phrase “rock’n’roll,” let’s examine some more musical examples. I want to begin this mailing with a quote from my favorite music writer, Nick Tosches. The following comes from his amazing book, ‘Unsung Heroes Of Rock’n’Roll: The Birth of Rock In The Wild Years Before Elvis’. The…Read More

Rock ‘n’ Roll History Lesson #1

In July 2004, America celebrated the “fiftieth anniverary of rock ‘n’ roll,” for it was fifty years earlier, on July 5, 1954, that Elvis Presley recorded his first record, “That’s All Right” for Sun Records. I was inspired to feature songs, styles and artists to support my theory that Elvis did not create rock ‘n’…Read More

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have churned out so many classics over the past several decades that they, in my opinion, epitomize the very essence of rock ‘n’ roll and the rock ‘n’ roll attitude more than any other band. Just about anyone, regardless of age, can name at least one of their songs or name at…Read More

Rockabilly Roundup

Think of Sun Records and who comes to mind? Elvis? Perhaps Jerry Lee Lewis? Carl Perkins? Roy Orbison? Johnny Cash? The truth is that, of all the musicians Sam Phillips recorded at Sun in ten short years, the number of obscure musicians far outweighs the handful that became household names. One of the lesser-known names…Read More


Cream – guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker – were all members of the ’60s British blues scene. Clapton with the Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; Bruce and Baker with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and the Graham Bond Organization. When Alexis Korner’s musical partner in Blues Incorporated, Cyril Davies, died in…Read More