Rock and Roll Music

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    Events in Rock and Roll

  • Billboard Magazine First Publishes

    One of the oldest trade magazines in the world. Known especially for the "Billboard Hot 100"
  • Robert Leroy Johnson

    Considered a forefather of Rock and Roll. He gains fame as a blues musician, who is know for his distinct sound, and remarkable song writing.
  • FM Radio Rises

    Creates a whole new way for music to be played and heard all over the world.
  • Hank Williams

    Records 11 songs in the "Top 10" in five years time. "Hey Good Lookin" is one of his biggest hits.
  • Alan Freed

    A popular disc jockey in the 1950s, coins the phrase "Rock and Roll" to describe the popular sound of music.
  • Elvis Presley

    Releases his first single, "That's All Right", introducing him to the world of "Rock and Roll".
  • American Bandstand

    The first airing of a show that goes on to kickstart many notable careers.
  • Beatles

    The British band performs on The Ed Sullivan Show, which introduces them to American audiences.
  • James Brown

    Releases "Say it Loud- I'm Black and I'm Proud", a song that challenges racial injustice to African Americans.
  • Woodstock

    The massive music festival in New York took place, creating 3 days of peace and "Rock and Roll".
  • Concert for Bangladesh

    A benefit concert put on by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, that brought 40,000 people to Madison Square Garden.
  • "Saturday Night Fever"

    Brings a lot of fame to the genre of "Disco" music, mostly popular in the 1970s.
  • Sony Walkman

    A new, more modern way of listening to music is introduced.
  • MTV

    Music Television launches, and creates an entire new way for music to be spread.
  • "Thriller"

    An album by Michael Jackson is released, becoming the best selling album of all time.
  • Gangster Rap

    A rap group named "N.W.A" releases "Straight Outta Compton", taking Gangsta Rap to a whole new level in the music industry.
  • Lollapalooza

    An annual musical festival, involving Rock and Roll music begins.
  • First Website

    A 36-year-old Swiss man created the first ever, basic website.
  • Ropin' the Wind

    An album by Country artist Garth Brooks, reaches No. 1 on the "Billboard 200" for Top Country Albums.
  • Napster

    An online music-sharing Internet service begins, leading to many legal difficulties due to Copyright issues.
  • First iPod

    Apple, an innovative electronic business, releases the first ever iPod- a brand new way of listening to music.
  • American Idol

    A TV singing competition that goes on to launch many notable careers, first airs.