History of Rock and Roll

  • Classical, Folk, Jazz, Blues, and Big Band Music

    Classical, Folk, Jazz, Blues, and Big Band Music
    All these types of music came into existence before rock and roll. In these genres, unlike the ones today, they did much more couples or ballroom dancing. Which is much more distinct from what we sing and dance to now.
  • "Rock Around The Clock"

    "Rock Around The Clock"
    Bill Haley and His Comets are widley famous for creating, what most people consider the beginning of rocka and roll. Bill Haley actually started off in country and western singing, but not finding much luck he decided to turn in a new direction with his music. Their song Rock Around The Clock quickly climbed up to number one and became their only hit to reach number one in their careers.
  • Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry
    While Bill Haley and His Comets introduced rock and roll music to the white american teenagers, Chuck Berry introduced this new style to the black american teenagers. During his performences he bacame very distinguished from the rest for his very unique dulk walk.
  • The King of Rock and Roll

    The King of Rock and Roll
    Elvis Presley is perhaps the greatest rock and roll singer of all time. Elvis is considered the king of rock and roll. His other nickname, given by a reporter "Elvis the Pelvis" , came from the fact that in his shows his legs shook uncontrollably with nerves. He is thought to have sold over 1 BILLION records, and earned more awards and top charting hits and positions thn any other artist in history! But he started to become more unfit as he aged, and in 1977 the king died of a drug overdose.
  • The Day The Music Died

    The Day The Music Died
    In february 1959 a small plane took off, and on board were some of the biggest and upcoming stars in rock and roll. Their names were Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper (Jiles Richardson), and Ritchie Valens who was only 17 at the time. It is believed that Buddy Holly set the standard formation of a band, consisting of 2 guitars, bass, and drums. The other two were quite famous as well. Although Ritchies' career only lasted 8 months.
  • Soul

    The genre Soul started when slaves were brought over, and they sang call and response music to pass the time in an otherwise terrible life. There were many record labels, but the 2 most significant were called Motown and Stax. The sound of soul actually depended on the location. SOme of the best soul singers include Ray Charles, Arethe Franklin, The Supremes, Isaac Hayes, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and James Brown. Places like New Orleans and Chicago were major areas whe soul grew.
  • British Invasion

    British Invasion
    In 1964 bands from britian came to the U.S. in search of fame. Well they certainly got what they came here for. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were probably the 2 most famous bands to come to the U.S. of all time. The Beatles were widely popular that they started a craze for screaming girl fans and made a beatlemania, becoming an overnight sensation! The Rolling Stones were so rebellious that Ed Sullivan vowed to never have them on his show again, but they appeared 5 more times!
  • Surfs' Up Dude!

    Surfs' Up Dude!
    Surf music came to be when american bands in california combined their favorite pastimes in the state: music and surfing.This type of music consists of 3 music styles.The first was completely instrumental, using the whammy bar and reverb for that surf sound.The rest were vocal, using 3 part harmonies, or a ballad which is a slow and gentle style.
  • Woodstock :)

    Woodstock :)
    Woodstock was a 3 day festival that was held in a dairy farm in rural new york, and many famous performers were there.
  • Disco

    Disco was popular from the early 1970s' to the mid 1980s' . They had very popular discotheques.
  • Solo Artists

    Solo Artists
    Solo artists are usually people who decided to go out on their own, and usually seperate from a band, unless they disbanded. They also collaborate with other solo artists.
  • Pop Music

    Pop Music
    Pop is short for popular, and insted of targeting a certain audience, they try to appeal to the widest audience at any time.
  • Dance Music

    Dance Music
    Dance music really covers everything from the early ballet music in the 1700s' to bachata.
  • One Hit Wonders!

    One Hit Wonders!
    This happens when a band has a song that is a major hit, and is typically remembered still. They might write other songs but they will probably might not be as popular as that one hit.