Wayne’s Music 25/26 February 2012. When the words “rock” and “roll” were first used in song changing the musical landscape forever!
Rock A While Goree Carter’s best known song, with his jump blues band The Hepcats in 1949. His single string runs and his two string Blue note chords may have been a big influence on Chuck Berry.
Move It On Over Hank Williams in 1947, his first major country hit, with rock overtones – it set the beat for Rock Around The Clock released seven years later.
Saturday Night Fish Fry Louis Jordan and The Tympany Five. By the end of the 40s the party was in full swing with Jordan’s combo one of the most successful acts of its time.
Rock And Roll The Boswell Sisters as far back as 1935 were singing about rock and roll.
Rock The Joint Jimmy Preston with a sound that was more than hinting at the impending rock revolution.
Get Rhythm In Your Feet Benny Goodman orchestra with Helen Ward in 1934 – even back then she was singing “commence to rock and roll, get rhythm in your feet and music in your soul”.
Rock And Roll Blues Erline Harris with one of the first jump blues songs to use that rock and roll phrase in its secular context, She recorded 12 tracks in all but they do not appear to have had much commercial success.
Oh Red The Harlem Hamfats, were a Chicago based recording group, and they were anything but “hamfats”, a slang term meaning second rate or a poor substitute.
Drinkin Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee Stick McGhee, real name Granville Henry, an excellent jump blues guitarist known mainly for his song Drinkin Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, one of the earliest rock and roll songs covered in later years by Jerry Lee lewis and others.
Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson in 1936, even then creating a distinctive Chicago Blues sound that would be the inspiration for The Rolling Stones, led Zeppelin and a host of others.
Rovin Eyes Bill Haley in 1948, in his western swing days, although this song had all the hallmarks of his sound ten years later.
Sing Sing Sing My word Gene Krupa was rocking with his staccato drum beats on this recording with Benny Goodman in 1937.
Chicken Shack Boogie Amos Milburn with his timeless hit, and winning formula, sax, boogie woogie piano and vocals.
Rock It For Me goes way back to 1937 for Ella Fitzgerald when the concept of rocking seemed to be entering the musical vocabulary.
I Can’t Be Satisfied The Hoochie Coochie man – McKinley Morganfield – better known to the world as Muddy Waters, the “Father of Modern Chicago Blues”.
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Rock Me Sister Rosetta Tharpe was there at the beginning, with her songs filled with coy suggestiveness with an upbeat delivery.
We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll Wild Bill Moore, a former light heavyweight boxing champion in the 30s – who also played the alto saxophone.
Ida Red Bob Wills' 1938 recording of "Ida Red" served as a model for Chuck Berry's decades later version of the same song – “Maybelline
Good Rocking Tonight Wynonie Harris, the blues shouter of upbeat songs from Omaha, Nebraska is considered one of rock and roll’s forerunners.
Roll Em Pete Big Joe Turner, another shouter who was there when it started … his career as a performer stretched from the 1920s to the 1980s.
Ten Gallon Boogie Pee Wee King, generally regarded as a country artist, with blues overtones, and the mix was set to inspire early rock and roll.
Rockin Rollin Mama Buddy Jones , the western swing man who was singing about rock and roll some fifteen years before the phrase came into common parlance.
Hillbilly Boogie The Delmore Brothers, Alton and Rabon had a profound impact on pop music .
New Early In The Morning John Lee Williamson with a song that would prove hugely influential on rock and roll and much later through the 60s blues revival.
House Of Blue Lights Ella Mae Morse and Freddie Slack
Down The Road A Piece Will Bradley, the rocking boogie man with his rock standard which would later be covered by Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones.
Let The Good Times Roll Louis Jordan
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy The Andrews Sisters with the multi-harmony sounds which became a key part of future rock and roll singles
That’s Alright (Mama) Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup let this one loose in 1946, twelve years before being catapulted into global awareness by Elvis Presley.
Lullaby (Rock A Bye Baby) Virginia O’Brien Known to classic film fans by various nicknames--including Miss Deadpan, Frozen Face, and Miss Ice Glacier--this statuesque, dark-haired singer/actress carved a unique niche for herself on stage and screen by the hilarious Sphinx-like way she delivered a song.
Guitar Boogie Arthur Smith didn’t realize that a piece he had written in 1948 was an important – some say seminal – event in the beginnings of rock and roll.
HoneyDripper Joe Liggins with boogie woogie laced with jazz overtones.
Be Baba leba Helen Humes with some typical driving Rhythm and Blues with howling nonsensical vocals the very spirit of future rock and roll
Strange Things Happening Every day Sister Rosetta Tharpe using a mixture of gospel, jazz and early soul forging new musical paths.
Rockin The Town Gertrude Niesen, very popular in musicals and films in the 1930s and 40s.
Mean Old World T Bone Walker – the first musician recorded playing the blues on electric guitar.
The Joint Is Really Jumpin Down At Carnegie Hall Judy Garland was caught up in the whole rock and roll thing when she enthused to the cast about “when they start to rock” in the movie “Thousands Cheer”in 1943
Blues Part 2 Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, at the age of 19 on the very first recording of his career, spawned an entirely new style and sound for the tenor saxophone.
CD2/1 Flying Home Lionel Hampton