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Braxton County fair geared toward youth - Charleston Daily Mail

07/28/14 9:02 pm


Braxton County fair geared toward youth
Charleston Daily Mail
Beef cattle exhibits begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday followed by The Van-Dells, an oldies show group which performs Rock and Roll hits from the 50s and 60s. General admission will be $8. Thursday's entertainment will center around trucks with large engines ...

Restaurant makes pitch for local noise law - The Tribune-Democrat

07/28/14 8:45 pm


Restaurant makes pitch for local noise law
The Tribune-Democrat
... Avenue wing chain owner trying to entice Richland Township officials to take over his commercial neighborhood's noise enforcement made his pitch Monday, saying it would allow him to add outdoor events with rock bands and oldies DJs on summer nights ...

Neil Young Lends Support to New Kickstarter Campaign Seeking to Save the ... - WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM

07/28/14 6:43 pm


Neil Young Lends Support to New Kickstarter Campaign Seeking to Save the ...
WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5 FM
Earlier this year, Neil Young successfully used the Kickstarter website to help fund his high-resolution audio player Pono, and now the folk- rock legend is lending his support to a new campaign on the site that seeks to use modern technology to help ...

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'I've got a little something I want to show you': Steve Cropper remembers a ... - Something Else! Reviews

07/28/14 4:23 pm


'I've got a little something I want to show you': Steve Cropper remembers a ...
Something Else! Reviews
At this point four decades ago, John Lennon's troubled mid-1970s Rock 'n' Roll oldies album was headed to New York, in an effort to save the project. Sessions with eccentric producer Phil Spector had broken down, even as Lennon himself spooled out of ...

Album: The 69 Cats 'merge Gothic Rock and Rockabilly' on 'Transylvanian Tapes' - Oregon Music News

07/28/14 8:48 am


Oregon Music News

Album: The 69 Cats 'merge Gothic Rock and Rockabilly' on 'Transylvanian Tapes'
Oregon Music News
... Lonesome Spurs, former Cramps bassist Scott 'Chopper' Franklin, and Blondie drummer Clem Burke. The Gothabilly act recently issued their debut effort titled Transylvanian Tapes which is a collection of golden oldies and some recent pop radio staples.

Parma Heights 'Weekend in the Commons' will be Aug. 8-10 - The Plain Dealer

07/28/14 7:10 am


Parma Heights 'Weekend in the Commons' will be Aug. 8-10
The Plain Dealer
Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display until 4 p.m. Cadillac Mike will spin oldies from the '40s and '80s. The fire department will be offering blood pressure checks, apparatus tours, balloons ... 9 with Ronnie Fiorentino of the Rat ...

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Rottenburg: "Rock of Ages": Zwischen Zombies und Oldies - Schwarzwälder Bote

07/27/14 10:49 pm


Schwarzwälder Bote

Rottenburg: "Rock of Ages": Zwischen Zombies und Oldies
Schwarzwälder Bote
Mit Kansas, einer als "veritablen Legende" angekündigten Band, ging das " Rock of Ages" zu Ende. Die Amis ersoffen in einem Meer aus Licht und Bühnennebel und setzten mit Gitarre, Keyboard, Fiedle, Drums, Bass und mehrstimmigem Gesang einen ...

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Oldies But Goodies: Johnson, Bidwell Have Been Around Twilight League Forever - Insurance News Net

07/26/14 10:08 am


Oldies But Goodies: Johnson, Bidwell Have Been Around Twilight League Forever
Insurance News Net
He's at the other end of the dugout, talking about the Commander Cody show he attended, saying how the 70-year-old country rock musician was complaining of sore, arthritic fingers. "It was kind of sad," said Bidwell, who has followed Commander Cody to ...

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Oskie Media replacing sports talk with comedy and oldies rock stations - Knoxville News Sentinel

07/22/14 12:09 pm


Oskie Media replacing sports talk with comedy and oldies rock stations
Knoxville News Sentinel
The Knoxville radio market is losing Tennessee Sports Radio but gaining a comedy station and an oldies rock station, a spokesman for Oskie Media LLC said Tuesday. Tennessee Sports Radio, which has broadcast the last four years on 1180 AM, will go off ...

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Oldies still goodies in the Arts Club's Red Rock Diner - North Shore News

07/04/14 2:39 am


Oldies still goodies in the Arts Club's Red Rock Diner
North Shore News
The teenage world of 1957 Vancouver is the setting for this summer's Arts Club Theatre production of Red Rock Diner, a musical revue that follows a group of leather-jacket-wearing, pony-tail-swinging, milkshake-sipping youth who are coming of age ...


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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