History of Rock and Roll Before the 70's

  • Rockabilly

    Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash start the movement of rock and roll music.
  • Rock Around The Clock

    Rock Around The Clock
    Bill Haley & His Comets single is recorded. After being used in the movie Blackboard Jungle a year later, the song set the rock and roll boom in motion.
  • Doo Wop

    Doo Wop
    The Platters release "The Great Pretender" with much success. Doo Wop contains multi-part harmonies with meaningless background lyrics.
  • Decline of Rock and Roll

    Decline of Rock and Roll
    The death of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, departure of Elvis for the army, retirement of Little Richard, and prosecutions of Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry puts rock and roll on the decline.
  • British Invasion

    British Invasion
    The invasion was led by arguably the greatest music group of all time. The Beatles are the best-selling band in history and their music is still in high demand today.
  • Continuation of the Invasion

    Continuation of the Invasion
    The Who, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks followed the Beatles to continue the "British Invasion" in America.
  • Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    Elton John, Rod Stewart, Chicago, and Peter Frampton create upbeat songs that are more commercial and accessible.
  • Trippy Hippies

    Trippy Hippies
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, and The Grateful Dead roll in a new style of rock and roll titled psychedelic rock. Drugs become a negative association with rock music during this time. This subgenre climaxed during the creation of Woodstock in '69.