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Classic rock born in Michigan almost 30 years ago - Interlochen

09/23/14 4:34 am


Classic rock born in Michigan almost 30 years ago
Interlochen
Jacobs said classic rock is not the same as "golden oldies." It is about the golden age of rock – music people will still be listening to in 100 years. Jacobs said classic rock started with music from the 60s and 70s and musicians like the Beetles, the ...

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Beck Kicks Off George Harrison Week on "Conan" - WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM

09/23/14 4:17 am


Beck Kicks Off George Harrison Week on "Conan"
WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM
As you'd expect, the movie showcases the many different aspects of the exhibit, which features more than 300 items from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's archives, including stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal sketches and diary entries, as ...

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New Paul McCartney Video Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Meat Free Monday ... - WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM

09/22/14 7:16 pm


New Paul McCartney Video Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Meat Free Monday ...
WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM
Paul McCartney has premiered a new video on his official website to mark the fifth anniversary of Meat Free Monday, the environmental campaign that asks people to skip eating meat every Monday. The clip, set to the rock legend's original theme song for ...

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Blues Brothers toast of tournament - Marlborough Express

09/22/14 3:14 pm


Marlborough Express

Blues Brothers toast of tournament
Marlborough Express
It was cold and wet at Lansdowne Park on Saturday for the Top of the South Island Golden Oldies rugby festival, but a little bit of rain wasn't going to stop the fun. "It went off well. Every team seemed to enjoy themselves," said Patrick Norton, a ...

Kirkland club installs new president, raises money for local kids | Kiwanis - Kirkland Reporter

09/22/14 2:16 pm


Kirkland club installs new president, raises money for local kids | Kiwanis
Kirkland Reporter
The K-band, the KCK's own oldies rock and roll band, made their debut at the banquet with fun tunes from the past. Clubbers jived in their seats and sang along. A spoof to the song Mustang Sally was sung to Ward and Ralph Loveland, the outgoing ...

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The Buzzcocks Kill at Bang! Festival - OC Weekly (blog)

09/22/14 10:05 am


OC Weekly (blog)

The Buzzcocks Kill at Bang! Festival
OC Weekly (blog)
His constant movement and gestures were reminiscent of Pete Townshend, but his tendency to spit [in an offstage direction -- to the dignity of the surging crowd] was as punk rock as the moment he poured champagne into a paper Coca-Cola cup, which ...

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10cc's "I'm Not In Love" Was The Real Song Of The Summer - Deadspin

09/22/14 8:03 am


10cc's "I'm Not In Love" Was The Real Song Of The Summer
Deadspin
... to top the chart. So what do you get for your money here? There's moldering oldies like Rupert Holmes's yoga-dissing "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" and cherished oddities like Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" and evergreens like the Jackson ...

BentFest 2014 offers event filled afternoon - Waterbury Republican American

09/21/14 10:25 pm


Waterbury Republican American

BentFest 2014 offers event filled afternoon
Waterbury Republican American
Singer-songwriter Willie Nininger will perform with his wife and singer Jan Nininger and accompanist Ken Melton on vocals and percussion between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Their music is an eclectic blend of oldies, rock and roll and original music, plus ...

Marion hosts free concert to dedicate Riverbend Amphitheatre - Southwest Virginia Today

09/21/14 9:07 am


Marion hosts free concert to dedicate Riverbend Amphitheatre
Southwest Virginia Today
The town of Marion will presents one of the community's favorite bands for a free community concert on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. to formally dedicate the Riverbend Amphitheatre at Riverbend Park. Travelers Revision Band has been entertaining ...

Texasville Opry to feature Golden Oldies Rock N' Roll show this Saturday - The Archer County News

09/06/14 7:48 am


Texasville Opry to feature Golden Oldies Rock N' Roll show this Saturday
The Archer County News
The Texasville Opry hits the stage of the Royal Theater Saturday night, September 6th with the “The Rockin' Golden Oldies Show.” The show will feature a salute to the British Invasion. Performers include Melisa Huff, Verner and Cynthia Hayhurst, David ...


History of Rock n Roll

It is hard to believe, but there was once a time when there was no rock music. Most historians trace the beginning rock back to the year 1954, when a new type of music, then called Rock and Roll, appeared and revolutionized musical tastes, at least among young people, and pretty much changed the world.

This new music, of course did not develop in a vacuum, but resulted from the convergence of two musical styles, Rhythm and Blues and Country, as well as a series of technological developments that created a new market for music.

Like Jazz, Rhythm and Blues developed from the music called the Blues. The Blues, to review what you have already learned in the Jazz unit, "grew out of African spirituals and work songs sung by African-Americans in the South. Many of these people had been brought to the United States as slaves, and before the Civil war they labored in difficult situations on the Southern plantations. 'Call and response' was often used as a means of communication by the workers in the fields, who fooled the plantation owners into thinking that their music was the 'happy' music of hard working slaves."

Rhythm and Blues developed from the Blues, and Rock and Roll developed from Rhythm and Blues (R&B). Little Richard, one of the great innovators in 1950's rock music, has often said that "Rhythm and Blues had a baby and somebody named it rock and roll." He, of course is absolutely right, and a number of important R&B artists were part of the beginning of Rock and Roll. Among them were Muddy Waters, Willie Mae Thornton, Joe Turner and Ray Charles.


While music was developing, technology was also changing. In the late 1940's and early 1950's, phonograph records were large and heavy and easily damaged. These records played at 78 rpm's (78 revolutions per minute) and were played on rather wkward record players that were usually part of a large piece of furniture (console), which often was located in the living room. Stereo had not yet been invented. In many homes, the entire family would sit around the living room listening to bands like Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, and soloists like Frank Sinatra, Patti Paige, Doris Day, and Eddie Fisher. Record companies marketed music to adults and radio stations played music that would appeal to the entire family.

In the 1950's, records began to change with the development of new technology that led to both the 33 rpm record and the 45 rpm record. The advantage of the new technology was that more musical information could be put on a record, and it was of higher technical quality. Thus, the 33 became popular because more music could be put on a 33 than several 78's and it sounded much better. The 45's were much smaller in size and contained one song on each side. These, as you might guess, were called singles. Not only were 45's much cheaper to buy than the old 78's and the larger 33's, but they could be played on a small record player that could be purchased inexpensively by a teenager and kept in his or her room. This meant that there were now two markets for music, one for adults who bought mostly 33 rpm records and continued to play them on console phonographs and the other for young people, who bought mostly 45's and played them on small phonos in their rooms.

Also during this period, the "transistor radio" was invented and became popular. This meant that radios became much smaller and much less expensive, and like the small phonographs soon found their way to young people's rooms. Car radios were also becoming more popular, and more people were listening to the radio while driving. For a long time, the radio was an expensive option in a car. It is hard to imagine a car without a radio today, just as sometime in the not to distant future, it will be hard to imagine a car without a telephone. But in the 1950's radios were just beginning to become standard equipment in cars.
Radio stations began to program their music to fit the demographics of a new audience. The audience, which until the early 1950's was a pretty homogeneous audience, now was divided into segments with different interests and people listened to music in a number of places, including their cars. This all meant that some radio stations played music for adults and some stations played music for the teens.

Not surprisingly, young people were tired of the music their parents listened to and they started to look for something new. The white teens of the major metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles began to turn to the stations that played music they had never heard before. It turned out that the music being played on the "black" radio stations in those cities was Rhythm and Blues (R&B). This music, was of course, familiar to the black population in America, but was brand new for many whites. Since the white audience was so much larger than the black audience, radio stations and record companies released that a major shift in listening patterns was about to occur, and in order to keep the white audience, as well as to appeal o the black audience, they needed to broadcast and promote R&B, or something like R&B.

Big Joe Turner's song "Shake, Rattle and Roll" began to be played on the white stations. The white record companies started looking for white acts (in the foolish belief, soon to be proved wrong, that white kids wouldn't buy records by black performers) that played something resembling R&B. Groups like Bill Haley and His Comets (originally a country band called the Saddlemen) and soloists like Elvis Presley brought a strong country background to the music, and this combination of R&B and Country became Rock and Roll.


45 rpm could be purchased inexpensively by a teenagers . Music became a consuption good for tue hew generation available for listening at their rooms or take to parties.
These influences combined in a simple, blues-based song structure that was fast, sexy, catchy and could be danced to easily and with excitement. These qualities, along with the fact that it horrified adults in general and parents in particular, caused Rock and Roll to become immensely popular with teenagers, who then, for the first time had their own music.

Among the important bands and soloists in 1950's Rock and Roll were Willie Mae Thornton, Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley and His Comets, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, the Everly Brothers, and Carl Perkins. Unfortunately, we can't cover all of them in this course, but we try to give you a representative group.

These influences combined in a simple, blues-based song structure that was fast, sexy, catchy and could be danced to easily and with excitement. These qualities, along with the fact that it horrified adults in general and parents in particular, caused Rock and Roll to become immensely popular with teenagers, who then, for the first time had their own music.Among the important bands and soloists in 1950's Rock and Roll were Willie Mae Thornton, Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley and His Comets, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, the Everly Brothers, and Carl Perkins. Unfortunately, we can't cover all of them in this course, but we try to give you a representative group.

 

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