Who Invented Rock And Roll – how this music style came into life?
Who Invented Rock And Roll : Music has become an essential part of our lives. We listen to it when we feel happy and when we feel sad. We probably even have our favorite music genres or songs. One of the most popular music genres is rock and roll. When this music genre comes to your head, what it reminds you of? Of course, Elvis Presley. Although many people considered him the king of rock and roll, who really invented this music genre?
The beginning of rock and roll music has been discussed by music historians for a long time. Generally, people consider the Southern United States being the place where it first emerged. This is because many songs of rock and roll have come from this part of the country. The original rock and roll music was created using rhythm and blues tunes and mixing them with country music features. Rock and roll was also influenced a lot by other music styles, such as jazz, gospel and folk.
Chuck Berry is one of the people, who have contributed to the development of this music style. He invented his own style of rock and roll, in which he added the electric guitar to the piano music, which became known as rock guitar.
However, there can be no song, which could be labeled as the first rock and roll song as this genre went through an evolutionary process. Luckily, there are some popular songs, which were recorded in the beginning of rock and roll music, and thus, they can share the title of the first rock and roll song. Examples of these songs are “Strange Things Happening Everyday” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, “The Fat Man” by Fats Domino, “Rock the Joint” by Jimmy Preston, “Rock Awhile” by Goree Carter, and “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston. An important record of rock and roll music is also considered Bill Haley’s song called “Rock Around the Clock”.
Other music artists, who also contributed to the start of rock and roll music include Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and the already mentioned Chuck Berry. In 1955, the latter singer used another characteristic of rock and roll music – a distorted electric guitar sound – in his record called “Maybellene”. However, this technique was used by other musicians before, such as electric blues guitarists Guitar Slim, Pat Hare and Joe Hill Louis.
In the 1950s, another term emerged – ‘rockabilly’. It was used to describe such singers as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. It is also worth mentioning that before them, rock and roll music was a favorite genre amongst black audiences, but in the 1950s, it became attractive to white people, as well. In 1956, some successful songs of ‘rockabilly’ were released, such as “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley and “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins.