When Elvis Presley triumphed with his first single, That’s All Right, on Memphis stations, he was crystallizing a new genre of music inherited from black styles such as rhythm & blues and others like country. The year was 1954 and the history of rock and roll had just begun.
The first impact was at the local level, but the phenomenon would gradually conquer the United States. The young people needed something new, boring of Frank Sinatra’s melodic style. It was a new generation with money to spend on weekends at the movies and a hamburger. The stage was set for the new style.
Origins of Rock and Roll
The most widespread explanation of the term is that which attributes its slang character, used by African Americans with sexual connotations. But it also ensures that the term is born in the churches, coming from the gospel. Rocking was the ecstasy that was achieved by singing religious hymns.
What does not admit doubt is its musical origin. The style comes from the hard and sensual rhythms of African American rhythm & blues. More and more young white people were attracted to this type of music, especially in the south of the country.
Interestingly, primitive rock and roll had been born in black churches. An early 1947 recording of the song Good Rocking Tonight by the black singer Roy Brown, was already drawing that transgressive style that would shock the American moral authorities so much.
The record companies saw the reef and in the mid-fifties the style exploded, completely changing popular music culture and also changing society.
Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, etc. Musicians who laid the foundations and whose influences of rock and roll subsequently absorbed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other artists until today.