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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:09 AM
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July 19, 1954: Memphis gives birth to rock 'n' roll!
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 07:10 AM by NightTrain
Fifty years ago today, the Memphis-based Sun Records released Elvis Presley's "That's All Right"/"Blue Moon of Kentucky." And popular music would never be the same! :headbang:

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SheBop Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:11 AM
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1. Well, All Right
as Buddy Holly might say.

(Hey! My Dad's birthday, too: cool. Thanks.)


:yourock:
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rogerashton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:47 AM
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2. Rock around the clock
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 07:54 AM by rogerashton
March 31, 1953.

"Shake, Rattle and Roll" -- Bill Haley and the Comets version --

April 28, 1954.

On edit -- that was Big Joe Turner's hit, of course, though I'm pretty sure it was the Comets' version that took over KWKH (Shreveport, LA) in the spring of my 12th year.

"Well, all right" and "Corrina, Corrina" were Big Joe's, too.

Not to say anything against Elvis, to be sure ....

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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:59 AM
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3. Rock around the clock was released in 1954 (Haley's version)
It was a B-side. It became a hit in 1955.

I know people like to debate the start of Rock and Roll, but it is impossible. The truth is though, Elvis changed it all.
BTW, I'm not accusing your post as a dis on Elvis.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 08:00 AM
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4. 1951 - "Rockett 88"
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