Playing tracks by
Harry the Hipster Gibson, Johnny Otis, Will Bradley and His Orchestra, Ella Mae Morse w/ Tennessee Ernie Ford, Billy Jack Wills and more.
This upload was 9th in the #swing chart.
A mix based on the exhaustive research and informed opinion of Larry Birnbaum for the book 'Before Elvis, The Pre-History of Rock-n-Roll.' While some people point to 1951's 'Rocket 88' as the 1st R-n-R song, and others naively believe it began with Elvis, Birnbaum points out the spirit of rock, and even music that sounded like R-n-R, was unleashed years before either of these songs. The author refers to other songs that have been labeled as "1st" in this musical category (present in this mix), but references countless others that included stylistic components of R-n-R as far back as 1935, including Amos Milburn's 'Down the Road A Piece' (1947), that nailed it for me. According to Birnbaum, pre-existing styles that were synthesized to become Rock-n-Roll included Boogie Woogie, , Jump, Swing, Hillbilly Boogie, Western Swing, and something called Hokum (see book), stating (somewhat convincingly) that these jazz-rooted forms were more influential on R-n-R than the 'Blues' was as a genre