Rock and Roll

Elvis Presley
Rock music is o­ne of the most popular genres of music today. It all began back in the 1950s with a few artists breaking free of the traditional blues, country and gospel music styles. Rock was beginning to show up o­n gospel albums and in soul music as far back as the 1930s but it never really stood out to gain a large following. It would take a few special people to make that happen.

Several musicians can be credited with the rock movement but probably the biggest star to help begin the rock revolution was Elvis Presley. His music, looks, and dancing helped catapult the rock and roll takeover as America’s favorite style of music.

The first rock song to make it o­n the Billboard magazine top airplay chart, “Crazy Man, Crazy” was sang by Bill Haley. That happened in 1954. Presley burst o­nto the chart that same year. Big Joe Turner already had his rock classic “Shake, Rattle and Roll” o­n the chart, but it was considered R&B and is often overlooked by rock and roll historians.

The early rock pioneers favored pianos and saxophones that are synonymous with blues music. They quickly started changing their ways and the guitar became a rock music staple. Rock bands in the 60s and 70s focused heavily o­n the guitar. Guitar solos were written into nearly every rock song. Rock and roll would just not be the same without some guitar greats like Led Zeppelin.

B. Haley disk
Rock and roll music draws a younger, more rebellious crowd. The fast beat and the often controversial words associated with rock music appealed to teenagers. Rock music was a way to express themselves and feel like they were being heard. The louder, the better has been the rock and roll decree for several decades.