Rock Essay

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Casuso,Leonel Lopez Guitar III 1 March 2013 The History of Rock N Roll Rock N Roll is a popular music genre originated in the 1950s.Basically a combination of African American blues, jump country, blues, jazz, and gospel music. Throughout the earlier elements of rock can be heard in country records more or less around the 1930s.Also in blues records of the 1920s. Rock and roll obtained its name until the 1950s. The phrase rock and roll now has at least two different meanings in which both meaning are used commonly. Specifying to the first wave of music that originally was created in the 1950s and later on developed into a more international style now known as “rock music”. Back in the older styles of rock and roll between the late 1940s and the early 1950s the saxophone or the piano where the common lead instrument of rock and roll, overtime those two instruments were replaced by the guitar more or less around the late 1950s. The beat is basically a blues rhythm with a developed backbeat, followed by a snare drum. Rock and roll is usually played with two guitars (one lead one rhythm),a string bass or electric bass, and a drum set. Rock and roll is simply a musical style that influenced fashion, language, lifestyles, and attitudes. One famous branch of the genre is known as Rockabilly. Rockabilly was referred to as rock with more blues and rhythm in the 1950s. Such great artists of this time include Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Although in this time it was known to have mixed race musicians and artists but the most known Rockabilly artists were white singers. This branch arrived, started and grew when "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Perkins and "Heartbreak Hotel" by Presley came out for the public to hear and admire. These days, rockabilly is more of a blues rock with a jazz inspired feel. Although these changes

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