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(Some Guy)   It's unclear on what the first rock n' roll song is, but chances are it was recorded 70 years ago this week. And it's still packs a punch   (saturdayeveningpost.com) divider line
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2021-03-07 1:38:44 AM  
Probably some blues cover of Move It On Over.

/which Rock Around The Rock is ripped off from
 
2021-03-07 2:25:51 AM  
Elmore James always played for a dance audience and he made the people jump. "Bobby's Rock" was at that time one of the favorite numbers with the crowd and Elmore used to play [it] for fifteen minutes and more. You just couldn't stand that hysteric sound coming down on you. The place was rocking, swinging!

- from Wikipedia
 
2021-03-07 3:52:37 AM  
I see what you did there with the headline.
 
2021-03-07 3:58:42 AM  
It's probably Rocket 88 but you can find some stuff that predates it that sounds an awful lot like rock and roll
 
2021-03-07 4:00:57 AM  
Example

2 years before Rocket 88

Goree Carter - Rock Awhile (1949)
Youtube xZlESMXHFfY
 
2021-03-07 4:14:11 AM  
Tampa Red sounds like rock and roll to me, with or without Georgia Tom.

Tampa Red & The Chicago Five - Rock It In Rhythm (1938) Blues
Youtube mAU_PvQlLpQ
 
2021-03-07 4:44:29 AM  
I would consider Rock Awhile to be rock n roll but not Rock It In Rhythm. If I listen to some late '50s rock n roll and then Rock Awhile, Rock Awhile almost sounds like it's from the same era. Rock It In Rhythm sounds completely different to me.
 
2021-03-07 5:10:26 AM  
Rush Fly BY Night
Youtube 17t4bSaMvl4
 
2021-03-07 5:19:41 AM  
Very interesting article.

*Watches the video of Tina Turner singing Proud Mary*

. . . I'll be in my bunk.
 
2021-03-07 6:29:01 AM  
It was when Marty mcfly played at the Enchantment under the Sea dance.
 
2021-03-07 8:19:34 AM  
Robert Johnson.
 
2021-03-07 8:22:40 AM  
Designating 1 song as the 1st rock song diminishes rock and roll. It would set too narrow borders for a music that is best when crossing boundaries. The inclusiveness created from multiple influences and interpretations is vital to the genre. The debate can be entertaining though.

Genre labels are the  corporate footprint on the neck of creativity.

/Also, Sam Phillips and Stan Lee, had they worked together, would have taken over the universe. Or maybe they did?
 
2021-03-07 8:34:13 AM  
I briefly considered getting an "88" tattoo years ago, BC of this song, and my birthplace/love of the blues, also 88 keys on a piano. Thought it would be a cool, obscure tattoo. Boy am I glad I didn't go through with it.
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2021-03-07 8:52:17 AM  

Exile On Beale Street: I briefly considered getting an "88" tattoo years ago, BC of this song, and my birthplace/love of the blues, also 88 keys on a piano. Thought it would be a cool, obscure tattoo. Boy am I glad I didn't go through with it.
/Fark Nazis


And I actually met Ike once. He was old as hell and still scary.
 
2021-03-07 9:00:06 AM  

shabu: Genre labels are the  corporate footprint on the neck of creativity.


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2021-03-07 9:44:21 AM  
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2021-03-07 9:56:17 AM  

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Marvin Beeeeery!!!!
 
2021-03-07 10:50:44 AM  
I have a 5-CD set of Jump Blues called "Ham Hocks and Cornbread".  Every song, nearly 100 of them, pre-dates 'Rocket 88' and every song is gritty, driving, dirty, sweaty rock and roll.

Rock and Roll arrived gradually.  There is no single progenitor record.
 
2021-03-07 11:01:27 AM  

Leader O'Cola: It was when Marty mcfly played at the Enchantment under the Sea dance.


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2021-03-07 11:02:55 AM  

Exile On Beale Street: Exile On Beale Street: I briefly considered getting an "88" tattoo years ago, BC of this song, and my birthplace/love of the blues, also 88 keys on a piano. Thought it would be a cool, obscure tattoo. Boy am I glad I didn't go through with it.
/Fark Nazis

And I actually met Ike once. He was old as hell and still scary.


I got a CD autographed by proxy, wrote that he hoped to meet me.

He died not too long after with that hope unfulfilled.
 
2021-03-07 11:03:40 AM  

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Damnit!
 
2021-03-07 11:26:37 AM  
All those white folks stealing black music and repackaging it as their own initially did it out of greed and prejudice.   Little did they realize they were injecting black culture into the mass society with deep and lasting consequences for expanded civil rights.  Good things came from rhythm impaired while kids dancing to r&r.
 
2021-03-07 11:52:53 AM  
There is no "first" rock n roll song, it was a slow evolution from other styles.
 
2021-03-07 12:03:41 PM  
Cow Cow Boogie by Ella Mae Morse
 
2021-03-07 12:20:05 PM  
Im gonna go with Les Paul and Mary Ford's "How High the Moon."

Not because it was the invention of rock and roll, but because it was the invention of modern multitrack recording techniques.
 
2021-03-07 12:20:59 PM  

Skyfrog: There is no "first" rock n roll song, it was a slow evolution from other styles.


Indeed.

Start digging into the Alan Lomax archives and you will find all kinds of interesting stuff.
 
2021-03-07 12:40:43 PM  

SoberCannibal: All those white folks stealing black music


Nice try but before Elvis there was nothing
 
2021-03-07 1:09:02 PM  

SoberCannibal: All those white folks stealing black music and repackaging it as their own initially did it out of greed and prejudice.   Little did they realize they were injecting black culture into the mass society with deep and lasting consequences for expanded civil rights.  Good things came from rhythm impaired while kids dancing to r&r.


The question isn't, "when was 'rock and roll' invented?", it's "when did 'rock and roll' pass for 'white'?"
 
2021-03-07 1:36:04 PM  

Mouser: SoberCannibal: All those white folks stealing black music and repackaging it as their own initially did it out of greed and prejudice.   Little did they realize they were injecting black culture into the mass society with deep and lasting consequences for expanded civil rights.  Good things came from rhythm impaired while kids dancing to r&r.

The question isn't, "when was 'rock and roll' invented?", it's "when did 'rock and roll' pass for 'white'?"


I'm glad you asked.

Boswell Sisters - Rock and Roll 1934
Youtube Ud6a5Tr6g1s
 
2021-03-07 1:41:10 PM  

Hoopy Frood: Tampa Red sounds like rock and roll to me, with or without Georgia Tom.

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If that isn't it, then Roll 'Em Pete is definitely it. Just a year later.

Pete Johnson and Joe Turner - Roll 'Em Pete (1938)
Youtube -cNW2dZMyWE
 
2021-03-07 1:59:58 PM  
Nice try but before Elvis there was nothing

Thank you, thank you very much
 
2021-03-07 4:57:24 PM  

Snapper Carr: Example

2 years before Rocket 88

[YouTube video: Goree Carter - Rock Awhile (1949)]


I wonder if he also qualifies as the first rock n roll artist to be ripped off. It can't be a coincidence that many of Chuck Berry'shiat singles have that similar guitar intro and style.
 
2021-03-07 4:58:24 PM  
Damn filter... you know what I mean.
 
2021-03-07 5:21:05 PM  
They're Red Hot
Youtube G-83fZi-JB8
Zeppelin and Clapton were fans.
 
2021-03-07 5:57:25 PM  

Leader O'Cola: It was when Marty mcfly played at the Enchantment under the Sea dance.


Ok. So Marty was playing Chuck Berry's song. But Chuck heard Marty play it before he wrote it. So technically, both white and black people culturally appropriated Johny B Goode.
 
2021-03-07 6:58:02 PM  
Albert Ammons : Boogie Woogie Stomp (Transcription)
Youtube tBmVtW5qxGs
 
2021-03-07 7:01:48 PM  
Nope.  I think Jelly Roll Morton invented that, too.
 
2021-03-07 7:11:31 PM  

cnocnanrionnag: I have a 5-CD set of Jump Blues called "Ham Hocks and Cornbread".  Every song, nearly 100 of them, pre-dates 'Rocket 88' and every song is gritty, driving, dirty, sweaty rock and roll.

Rock and Roll arrived gradually.  There is no single progenitor record.


This is big news. You should let Rolling Stone and the rest know that they're wrong.
 
2021-03-07 8:34:38 PM  
elvis still sucks
 
2021-03-07 8:38:45 PM  
I used to own a Rocket 88. '53 Oldsmobile. Great car for cruising.
 
2021-03-07 8:41:38 PM  
My nomination:
'Kassie Jones' FURRY LEWIS (1928) Blues Guitar Legend
Youtube _h_K-lmrdMA
 
2021-03-07 9:26:46 PM  
This is big news. You should let Rolling Stone and the rest know that they're wrong.

It's pretty widely accepted that Rolling Stone has been wrong since approximately 1973 or so. Just peruse the old Record Guides, they were almost comically bad.
 
2021-03-07 9:36:54 PM  

Skyfrog: There is no "first" rock n roll song, it was a slow evolution from other styles.


It's shocking how persistent the cultural "need" to mark off a single artist or even song as the origin of rock and roll is. And it's shocking how persistently Haley or Elvis are lionized as the originators of rock. I mean, I like both and they made important contributions to the genre, but that narrative is so transparently a whitewashing of rock history that it would be funny if it weren't for how many people actually believe it. I remember in high school a friend of mine almost started a fight with me when I laughed after he said that Elvis invented rock and roll. He was outright angry when I told him that rock and roll was created by African American blues artists. He and several other kids in my class wouldn't even hear it.
 
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