Greetings to all our faithful Bloggers from the other half of the team, Gary. This will be my “First Survey”. My intention is not to re-write history, but just provide a few suggested candidates or options regarding a somewhat long-standing and controversial question:
The First “Rock and Roll” recording
- What was it?
See survey at the end.
These recordings were before Elvis, before Bill Haley and even before Ike Turner with Jackie Brenston. Although this music goes deep into the 40′s, those cat’s could really rock.
That’s Alright/ Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup/ the original was recorded in 1946
That’s Alright Mama/ cover by Elvis Presly in July 1954
Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee/ Stick McGhee, 1947
Rock the Joint Boogie/ Big Joe Turner 1947/ The words “Rock and Roll” are in the song
Good Rockin’ Tonight/ Wynonie Harris (a cover of Roy Brown’s song) 1947
Rock the Joint/ Jimmy Preston and the Prestonians/ Philadelphia 1949
Rock the Joint/ Cover by Bill Haley & the Saddlemen 1952 – in 1955 Alan Freed said Let’s Rock and Roll!/then re-released under Bill Haley and the Comets by Decca in 1957
The Fat Man/ Fats Domino 1949
Rocket 88/ Ike Turner and his Delta Cats, featuring Jackie Brenston/ Sun March 1951
Rocket 88/ Bill Haley and the Saddlemen 1951
(Were gonna’) Rock Around the Clock (the B Side) Bill Haley and the Comets 1954
Do you have any other tune to suggest?
Reply with a Comment to tell us.
One of our Comments, voting for another song…
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011 11:33 AM Subject: Hi Gary! I’d be happy to participate in your survey, though the answer may surprise you. It’s a song called That’s All Right Baby by Pete Johnson and Big Joe Turner recorded live at Carnegie Hall in New York on December 23rd, 1938 . Sure sounds like rock’n'roll to me! So you don’t have to go nuts trying to find it, here’s a copy for you.
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