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Rockabilly, Boogie-Woogie, Rock ’n’ Roll

 

 

 

 

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps.

Bluejean Bop!

Hollywood: Capitol,

1956.

Album cover.

Motion Picture, Broadcasting,

and Recorded Sound Division,

Library of Congress (269)

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/images/vc269.jpg

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/brit-7.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The "Chirping" Crickets.

Brunswick Records,

1957.

Album cover.

Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division,

Library of Congress (264)

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/images/vc264.jpg

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/british/brit-7.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stray Cats    USA

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/02/
how-we-made-stray-cat-strut-the-solo-must-have-taken-me-30-seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kingsmen    USA

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jan/23/
louie-louie-ultimate-rock-rebel-anthem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alis Lesley    USA

 

 

 

Unexpectedly thrust back in the spotlight …

Little Richard, Alis Lesley and Eddie Cochran, arrive in Sydney, 1957,

in a picture that has been used as the cover for Bob Dylan’s new book.

 

Photograph: Fairfax Media

 

Alis Lesley:

the ‘female Elvis’ who takes centre stage on Bob Dylan’s new book cover

G

Fri 21 Oct 2022    08.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/oct/21/
alis-lesley-the-female-elvis-who-takes-centre-stage-on-bob-dylans-new-book-cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 the ‘female Elvis’

 

Positioned between

Little Richard and Eddie Cochran

is a rock’n’roll star

who had a short-lived music career.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/oct/21/
alis-lesley-the-female-elvis-who-takes-centre-stage-on-bob-dylans-new-book-cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lloyd Price / "Mr. Personality"    USA    1933-2021

 

arly rock 'n roll star

and enduring maverick

whose hits included

such up-tempo favorites

as "Lawdy Miss Clawdy,"

"Personality"

and the semi-forbidden

"Stagger Lee,"

 

(...)

 

Lloyd Price,

inducted into

the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

in 1998,

was among the last survivors

of a post-World War II scene

in New Orleans

that anticipated the shifts

in popular music and culture

leading to the rise of rock

in the mid-1950s.

 

Along with Fats Domino

and David Bartholomew

among others,

Price fashioned a deep,

exuberant sound

around the brass and swing

of New Orleans jazz and blues

that placed high on R&B charts

and eventually crossed over

to white audiences.

 

(...)

 

Born in Kenner, Louisiana,

one of 11 siblings,

Price had been singing in church

and playing piano since childhood.

 

He was in his late teens

when a local DJ's

favorite catchphrase,

"Lawdy Miss Clawdy,"

helped inspire him to write

his boundary-breaking first hit,

which he worked on

in his mother's

fried fish restaurant.

 

Featuring Domino's

trademark piano trills,

"Lawdy Miss Clawdy"

hit No. 1 on the R&B charts

in 1952,

sold more than 1 million copies

and became a rock standard,

covered by Elvis Presley

and Little Richard among others.

 

But Price would have mixed feelings

about the song's broad appeal,

later remembering how local officials

in the Jim Crow South

resisted letting both blacks and whites

attend his shows.

 

Price was drafted

and spent the mid-1950s

in military service in Korea.

 

He began a career restart

 with the 1957 ballad

"Just Because,"

and hit the top with the brassy,

pop-oriented "Stagger Lee,"

one of the catchiest,

most celebratory songs

ever recorded

about a barroom murder.

 

Written by Price,

"Stagger Lee"

was based

on a 19th century fight

between two Black men

— Lee Shelton,

sometimes known as Stag Lee,

and Billy Lyons —

that ended with Shelton

shooting and killing his rival.

 

Their ever-changing legend

was appearing in songs

by the 1920s,

and has inspired artists ranging

from Woody Guthrie

and Duke Ellington to Bob Dylan

and the Clash.

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/09/
995230916/lloyd-price-singer-and-early-rock-influence-dies-at-88

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/may/09/
lloyd-price-obituary

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/05/09/
995230916/lloyd-price-singer-and-early-rock-influence-dies-at-88

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/
arts/music/lloyd-price-personality-hitmaker-is-dead-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Richard    USA    1942-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Louis Bartholomew    USA    1918-2019

 

Best known

for collaborating

on an extraordinary

string of hits

with Fats Domino

between 1949 and 1963

– amassing more than

one hundred entries

on the pop and R&B charts

during that span of time

– Bartholomew was one

of the primary architects

of the sound now known

as rock and roll.

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/23/
698212277/dave-bartholomew-a-father-of-rock-and-roll-dead-at-100

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/23/
698212277/dave-bartholomew-a-father-of-rock-and-roll-dead-at-100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil James McNeely    USA    1927-2018

 

 

 

Big Jay McNeely

at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1988.

 

He had a pivotal role in establishing the saxophone

— before the electric guitar supplanted it —

as the featured instrument among soloists

at the dawn of rock ’n’ roll.

 

Photograph:

Frans Schellekens/Redferns,

via Getty Images

 

Big Jay McNeely, 91, Dies; R&B’s ‘King of the Honkers’

NYT

Sept. 17, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/
arts/music/big-jay-mcneely-dies.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Jay McNeely ('s)

wailing tenor saxophone

and outrageous stage antics

helped define

the sound and sensibility

of early rock ’n’ roll

 

Hailed as

the King of the Honkers,

Mr. McNeely

was at the forefront

of a group of post-bop

saxophonists who,

in the late 1940s,

abandoned

the heady reveries of jazz

for the more gutbucket pleasures

of rhythm and blues.

 

In the process

he played a pivotal role

in establishing the saxophone

— before the electric guitar

supplanted it —

as the featured instrument

among soloists at the dawn

of rock ’n’ roll.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/
arts/music/big-jay-mcneely-dies.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/
arts/music/big-jay-mcneely-dies.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrencine May Collins / Lorrie Collins    USA    1942-2018

 

 

Lorrie Collins (...)

along with Wanda Jackson

and Brenda Lee

was one of the most dynamic female

rockabilly stars of the 1950s

 

(...)

 

Ms. Collins

was the winner of talent contests

in her native Oklahoma

when she was 8,

and by the time she turned 12

she was appearing onstage

with her brother, a guitar prodigy

who sang high harmonies

above her declamatory lead vocals.

 

They dressed

in flashy Western wear,

and Larry,

two years Lorrie’s junior,

played a double-necked

electric guitar

and hopped around onstage.

 

The duo’s visually captivating

performances were well suited

to television variety shows.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/
obituaries/lorrie-collins-dynamic-rockabilly-singer-is-dead-at-76.html

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/
obituaries/lorrie-collins-dynamic-rockabilly-singer-is-dead-at-76.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. / "Fats" Domino    USA    1928-2017

 

 

 

Fats Domino, left,

with Dave Bartholomew,

who co-wrote and produced

many of Mr. Domino’s hits.

 

Photograph:

Charles L. Franck/Franck Bertacci Photograph Collection,

Historic New Orleans Collection, via PBS

 

‘The Big Beat’ Celebrates Fats Domino, Rock’s Reclusive Giant

NYT        By ALAN LIGHT        FEB. 23, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/
arts/music/the-big-beat-celebrates-fats-domino-rocks-reclusive-giant.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Orleans piano legend

 

Best known for classics

including

“Ain’t That a Shame,”

“I’m Walkin”

and “Blueberry Hill,”

Antoine Domino Jr.,

known as Fats,

has put up staggering statistics:

 

He has sold more

than 60 million records

and, between 1950 and 1963,

he made Billboard’s

pop chart 63 times

and its R&B chart 59 times

— more hit records

than Mr. Berry, Little Richard

and Buddy Holly combined.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/
arts/music/the-big-beat-celebrates-fats-domino-rocks-reclusive-giant.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/fats-domino

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/
obituaries/fats-domino-89-one-of-rock-n-rolls-first-stars-is-dead.html

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/10/28/
560379013/playlist-the-roots-and-the-reach-of-fats-domino

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/
travel/fats-domino-new-orleans-louisiana-music.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/
opinion/jon-batiste-fats-domino.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/oct/25/
fats-domino-giant-talent-inspired-ska-beatles-bling-89-boogie-woogie

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/
arts/music/fats-domino-best-songs.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/
obituaries/fats-domino-89-one-of-rock-n-rolls-first-stars-is-dead.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/25/
522583856/fats-domino-architect-of-rock-and-roll-dead-at-89

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/oct/25/
fats-domino-new-orleans-rock-n-roll-pioneer-dies-aged-89

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/
arts/music/herbert-hardesty-dead-fats-domino-saxophonist.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/
arts/music/the-big-beat-celebrates-fats-domino-rocks-reclusive-giant.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Berry    USA    1926-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Orleans, USA > J & M Recording Studio

 

Cosimo Vincent Matassa    1926-2014

 

studio that helped

jump-start rock ’n’ roll

by recording early hits

by the likes of Fats Domino

and Little Richard

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/arts/music/
cosimo-matassa-whose-studio-birthed-a-rock-n-roll-sound-dies-at-88.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/
arts/music/cosimo-matassa-whose-studio-birthed-a-rock-n-roll-sound-dies-at-88.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Revere (born Paul Revere Dick)        USA        1938-2014

 

keyboardist who founded

Paul Revere & the Raiders,

a band whose Top 10 hits

were staples of 1960s AM radio

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/06/
arts/music/paul-revere-organist-and-namesake-of-the-raiders-dies-at-76.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/06/
arts/music/paul-revere-organist-and-namesake-of-the-raiders-dies-at-76.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul O. W. Tanner        USA        1917-2013

 

former trombonist

for the Glenn Miller Ochestra

who played an unlikely role

in the history

of rock ’n’ roll when,

using a device

he helped invent,

he performed the famous

electronic accompaniment

on the Beach Boys’

signature recording

“Good Vibrations”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/
arts/music/paul-tanner-musician-with-good-vibrations-dies-at-95.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/
arts/music/paul-tanner-musician-with-good-vibrations-dies-at-95.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Everett Strange        USA        1930-2012

 

prolific Los Angeles session guitarist

who recorded with Elvis Presley,

Nat King Cole and the Beach Boys,

wrote a No. 1 single

for Chubby Checker

and arranged Nancy Sinatra’s

No. 1 pop hit

“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/
arts/music/billy-strange-60s-session-guitarist-dies-at-81.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/
arts/music/billy-strange-60s-session-guitarist-dies-at-81.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estelle Bennett        1941-2009

 

singer with the influential

1960s girl group the Ronettes

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/feb/16/estelle-bennett-obituary

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/feb/16/
estelle-bennett-obituary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss)        USA        1915-2009

 

guitarist and inventor

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/les-paul

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/nyregion/
guitar-hero-les-pauls-groundbreaking-model-to-be-auctioned.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/aug/13/obituary-les-paul

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/aug/13/guitar-hero-les-paul-die

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/jul/24/popandrock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bo Diddley        1928-2008

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/arts/music/03diddley.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/jun/02/popandrock2

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/02/usa.musicnews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Lee Perkins        1932-1998

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Haley        1925-1981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/22/
bill-haley-rock-around-the-clock-worlds-first-rock-anthem

 

http://www.npr.org/2000/07/01/
1076106/rock-around-the-clock - March 6, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Aaron Presley    USA    1935-1977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vincent Eugene Craddock / Gene Vincent        USA        1935-1971

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hmc6w 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie Mae Robinson    USA    1918-1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/31/
688199494/the-women-behind-the-songs-jessie-mae-robinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Joseph "Johnny" Burnette        USA        1934-1964

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Burnette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Edward 'Eddie' Cochran        USA        1938-1960

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Cochran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Hardin Holley / Buddy Holly    USA    1936-1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/buddy-holly

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/03/
690798999/buddy-hollys-classmates-remember-the-pioneer-60-years-after-the-day-the-music-di

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/dec/03/
buddy-holly-not-fade-away-review

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/gallery/2009/feb/02/
buddy-holly-50

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/3/
newsid_2802000/2802541.stm

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/witness/february/3/
newsid_4235000/4235875.stm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

launch of Oh Boy!        September 1958

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/sep/26/
popandrock2 

 

 

 

 

Joe Willie Perkins    1913-2011

 

boogie-woogie piano player

who worked in Muddy Waters’s last great band

and was among the last surviving members

of the first generation of Delta bluesmen

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/
arts/music/pinetop-perkins-delta-boogie-woogie-master-dies-at-97.html

 

 

 

 

boogie-woogie > Louis Jordan's single, "Let the Good Times Roll"        1946

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec21.html

 

 

 

 

Blues / Rock'n Roll > Chess Records

Leonard and Phil Chess's legendary Chicago label

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/nov/06/
leonard-phil-marshall-chess-records

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rockabilly > Wanda Jackson

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/
arts/music/23wanda.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rock'n'roll pioneers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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