The Secret Ingredients Used in The Recipe to Make Rock and Roll
Rock and roll is one of the most beautiful and powerful forms of musical artistry in existence. It crosses genders, age, race, religion, political stance; it is a common ground on which, for at least a moment, we can all feel cool while we rock out to a song we love together. Rock and roll has the ability to bring a wide variety of people together, because it took a wide variety of people for rock and roll to be created.
Rock music is most widely believed to have been introduced by the King, Elvis Presley. However, Presley maintained humbly until his death, that rock music was built upon a mixture of styles, personalities, and people collaborating together that produced a once-in-a-lifetime sound from which an entire genre of music has been born.
The popular music in America during the late 40s and early 50s can be likened to a pillow smothering people with songs lacking pizazz, in short the times were begging for a musical miracle.
Top artists of the time were singers like Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Pat Boone; all of which had their niche in music royalty, but enough was enough, this went on too long.
The birth of rock music began when “black and white musical traditions cross-educated each other, no one person started rock ‘n’ roll. It was a black and white alloy,” writes the Jack Newfield of the New York Sun.
During these five years the ‘cross-education’ was occurring among some of the greatest musicians of all time, this is the line-up:
“Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Ike Turner, Hank Williams, Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly – and Elvis Presley.”
Essentially, the best pieces of blues, country, jazz, funk, Motown, and whatever else could be jammed into that jigsaw puzzle.
Then on September 9th, 1956 rock rolled into the homes of every television owning American when Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. After he played “Hound Dog”, he was the King of Rock and since we have had an ever evolving musical genre rock ‘n roll.
However, as Elvis knew, the particular style of each of those musicians was a necessary ingredient to be thrown into the music crock pot in such a way that it came out as the all-time blue ribbon winner. The recipe can never be duplicated, but rock and roll music will last forever.