History of Rock & Roll

Timeline created by Bret Brandt
In Music
  • Alan Freed Launches the Moondog

    Alan Freed Launches the Moondog
    Also known as Moondog, was an American disc jockey. He became internationally known for promoting the mix of blues, country and rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of rock and roll.
  • Little Richard

    Little Richard
    An American recording artist, songwriter, and musician. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. His most celebrated work dates are from the mid 1950s
  • Alan Freed Launches Moondog show

  • James Brown

    James Brown
    An American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as "The Godfather of Soul".
  • Johnny Cash forms the Tennessee Two with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant

    Johnny Cash forms the Tennessee Two with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant
  • Elvis records at Sunset Studio

    Elvis records at Sunset Studio
  • Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash
    American singer-songwriter, actor, and author who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country icon, his songs and sound spanned other genres including rock and roll and rockabilly especially early in his career and blues, folk, and gospel.
  • Buddy Holly's first recording

    Buddy Holly's first recording
  • Dick Dale

    Dick Dale
    He was known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    An English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. Their best-known lineup, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, became considered by many the greatest and most influential act of the rock era
  • Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan
    An American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s.
  • Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix
    He was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Despite a limited mainstream exposure of four years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.
  • Janis Joplin dies

    Janis Joplin dies