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Rock from Elvis to Nirvana


The first tracks of rock music were recorded in the USA in 1947-49 as outspreads from blues, country-music, swing-jazz and boogie-woogie. While three of those tracks carry in them obvious seeds for Bill Haley’s future hit 'Rock around the clock' (1955), another four of them are precursors of rockabilly and rythm'n'blues (RnB). At the end of the 1950s, it was the rockabilly genre that had established itself as the symbol of rock'n'roll with the advent of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and their likes. RnB also took off in the early 50s and also delivered huge rock hits, most notably by superstars Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and James Brown & the Famous Flames (.. more)

United Kingdom 

The advent of rockabilly in America spawned the launch of rock'n'roll in England in 1956-58. The first famous British rockers were Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Cliff Richard, soon joined in 1959 by Billy Fury, Adam Faith and West Indian singer Emile Ford. While the reverb guitar sound of the Shadows (Cliff Richard’s backing group) became a landmark of British rock’n’roll in the early 1960s, the inclusion of rock rythms into traditional English folk shaped what became known as British beat music. The Beatles were part of this wave and achieved mass popularity in the USA in late 1963. Successful releases by the Animals, the Rolling Stones and the Who in 1964-65 helped shape a full-fledged British rock scene which itself ignited the British RnB, hard rock and progressive rock genres of the late 60s (... more)

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