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Subject: Re: The Mount Rushmore of rock and roll

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Date Posted: Sun June 06, 2021 16:31:04
In reply to: Dan D. 's message, "The Mount Rushmore of rock and roll" on Sat June 05, 2021 01:11:35

Hi Dan

Your choices are very hard to argue against, unless there is disagreement over the dawn of rock 'n' roll, not just the name, but the actual style of music. This usually means
a solid backbeat, with an uptempo and energized delivery
of a type of song that is easy to dance to and makes parents
cringe (at least those of the early '50's).

If your intent is to credit and commemorate the true founding fathers of the style, you would have to consider Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris and Roy Brown.

One sincere suggestion...

Even though Bill Haley's overall contribution was short and sweet, The addition of his "hillbilly swing/bop" sound to the mix was very important.

Haley's early rock masterpiece "Rock Around The Clock"
from 1954, exemplified the core of his sound from as early as 1950, at least! It's more than fair to say that his blend of r'n'b influence and, for it's time, biting and melodic lead guitar, opened MANY doors to other, more successful

This topic is not particularly an original one, but the question is always worthy of lively debate.

The argument usually hinges on the question of which performers had the biggest success and achieved the most notoriety in the early rock days, vs. those that came earlier and were obviously highly influential.

Things tend to get very muddy if one chooses to include
Doo-wop and the ballad side of r'n'b.

If you wish to include that style as worthy of consideration, then Sam Cooke would be a LOCK on one of the
4 spots.

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Re: The Mount Rushmore of rock and rollDave HMon June 07, 2021 02:59:53
Re: The Mount Rushmore of rock and rollMulliganMon June 07, 2021 07:22:25

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