The History of Rock and Roll

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In Music
  • Slavery was abolished in America in 1865

    Slavery was abolished in America in 1865
    The influences of African culture and music still remain today.
  • Rock and Roll began in the 1950s

    Rock and Roll began in the 1950s
    Much of the music that existed before that was classical, folk, jazz, blues or big band with singers like Frank Sinatra.
  • Billy Haley and the Comets

    Billy Haley and the Comets
    In 1954, a band called Billy Haley and the Comets launched a smash hit called Rock Around The Clock.
  • Billy Haley

    Billy Haley
    By 1956, Billy Haley had become one of the most popular rock and roll performers in the world.
  • Elvis

    Elvis
    Elvis had became a national star and teen idol.
  • US Army

    US Army
    Between 1958 and 1960 Elvis joined the US Army and served in Germany.
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock
    It was the age of a three day music festival called "Woodstock," that drew a crowd of thousands and changed the history of rock and roll music.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show

    The Ed Sullivan Show
    The Beatles made their American debut.
  • Disco

    Disco
    Disco is a style of dance music that was popular from the early 1970s until the mid 1980s.
  • Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton
    He launched his solo career in 1973 and has recorded many blues and rock songs.
  • Disco dance movie

    Disco dance movie
    Saturday Night Fever came out in 1977 when disco was at the peak of its popularity.
  • Surf Music

    Surf Music
    Surf Rock group, Red Elvises revisited this very popular style.
  • Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart
    Rod Stewart traded in his rocker clothes for a suit and tie, which have become his trademark.
  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson
    The world mourned the death of Michael Jackson, one of the most successful and influential popular music identities of all time.