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.
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. This is the best address to reach me Pat@PatStJohn.com (or .net… same thing) Good Luck on the project, I like it. Pat StJohn
You can find Pat at www.PatStJohn.com