Rock and Roll
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.