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History of Rock Notes 2/8-2/12

by: Adrienne Nave

History of Rock Notes 2/8-2/12 MUCO 120

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These notes include what we went over during the week of February 8.
History of Rock
Sean K McCollough
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Adrienne Nave on Sunday February 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUCO 120 at University of Tennessee - Knoxville taught by Sean K McCollough in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 80 views. For similar materials see History of Rock in Art at University of Tennessee - Knoxville.


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Date Created: 02/14/16
History of Rock Week 3 Notes The Electric Guitar - Addition of the Electric Guitar through the Blues o T-Bone Walker o “Call It Stormy Monday” - Electric Urban Blues o Muddy Waters, the King of Chicago Blues  “Hoochie Coochie Man”  Call and response song Early Rhythm and Blues - Blues mixed with swing and blues music o “My Gal’s A Jockey” –Big Joe Turner - Huge: White teenagers started listening to R&B which was scandalous at the time and upset many parents. Start of new pop culture. - Dance songs about sex *Only a handful of African-American Run radio stations who started to get a lot of interest from white teenagers - Jump Blues o “King of the Juke Box” –Louis Jordan o “Saturday Night Fish Fry” *young white teenagers have the money from work to buy the things that they want and they start buying R&B records The Birth of Rock’n Roll - Renegade Disc Jockeys: started exposing people to this music - Independent record labels: signed black artists and recorded early Rock’n roll, blues, and R&B o Most records were sold from these independent record companies - Doo Wop o The safer version of Black Music, not overly sexual o Smoother and pop oriented o Was originally acapella o The Orioles  “you saw me crying in the chapel” - The Cover Phenomenon: white bands were covering black R&B songs o Record Companies realize that teenager liked R&B so their white artists were told to play these songs o Some of the white bands just liked R&B and wanted to perform the songs o Covers sold more copies because they were considered safer - Rock’n Roll Pioneers: Elvis, Little Richard - Alan Freed coined the term Rock’n Roll - Bill Haley and the Comets o Rock Around the Clock - Cosimo Matassa from J&M Studios in New Orleans o Probably the first recording studio for African-Americans - Fats Domino o Went missing during hurricane Katrina o Different feel to New Orleans music which affected Fats Domino’s Music o “Fat Man” o Slightly country feel to his music which evolved into pop o Safe musician to the white listener who was charming but not charismatic o Recorded at J&M studios in New Orleans - Little Richard o Also recorded at J&M studios in New Orleans o Grew up in Macon, Georgia and eventually moved to New Orleans o “Baby” o Performer of great charisma with not much charm o Possible gay or bisexual which comes out in his song “Tutti Frutti” - Elvis Presley- “The King of Rock’n Roll” o Talented and Charismatic o Got many of his attributes, such as voice and dance, from black artists o Would sing gospel music and be a white southern boy, but would also be riskier on stage more like black artists o From Mississippi o Lived in Memphis as a teenager o Sun record company: the independent record company in Memphis that would record African-American artists. Run by Sam Phillips. Started as recording studio, but turned into a record label. o Some of Elvis’s music sounds country and some of it sounded like the blues o Elvis got a manager named Colonel Tom Parker o Elvis signs with RCA Records o First National Hit  “Heart Breaker Hotel”  Chet Atkins of guitar o RCA Records altered his sound to make it more sweet sounding o Joined the army in 1960, and when he returned to music he was never quite the artists he was before o He began to use drugs and began to not care about his appearance and audience anymore - Chuck Berry o Wrote his own songs o Played his own guitar and was one of the best o Very influenced by country music o “Maybelene” - Sun Records  “Million Dollar Quartet”- Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley  “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins  Jerry Lee Lewis- married 13-year-old cousin  “Whole Lot of Shakin” o Johnny Cash  Johnny married into what he called the “first family of country music.”  “Folsom Prison Blues”  Was more of a country artist rather than rock o Eddie Cockran  “Summertime Blues”  Died in an accident at the end of the 1950s - Janis Martin o RCA Records o Very talented o “The Female Elvis” o “Drugstore Rock’n Roll” - Buddy Holly and the Crickets o “That’ll be the Day” o Sound that draws on Country routes, but also draws to a Rock’n Roll sound o Died in a plane crash at the end of the 1950s along with other up in coming artists


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