the history of rock & roll in a nutshell (300 words or less)

THE NUT­SHELL IS THIS: Rock & roll has had two golden eras, both times when the artists took con­trol of the mu­sic and its di­rec­tion and led the way. But that's not the norm for pop­u­lar mu­sic: the norm is for busi­ness­men in the form of own­ers, Artists & Reper­toire (A&R) men, and other "bean-counters" to say what's so. In the be­gin­ning, a bunch of old white men in the A&R de­part­ments of the ma­jor record com­pa­nies dic­tated what was recorded and what was played on the ra­dio based on their idea of what middle-aged white women wanted to hear. The ma­jor com­pa­nies (Columbia and RCA Vic­tor were the… Con­tinue Read­ing the his­tory of rock & roll in a nut­shell (300 words or less)

what exactly was a "rock & roll album" in those days?

WHAT EX­ACTLY IS A 'ROCK & ROLL AL­BUM'? To an­swer that ques­tion, we need to an­swer an­other: What is rock & roll mu­sic? Af­ter sixty years, we still don't have a de­f­i­n­i­tion that every­one agrees with! Ar­gu­ments about its de­f­i­n­i­tion and its origin in the early '50s—no wait, was it the late '40s?—have been around since at least the mid '60s! I am not go­ing to re­solve any dis­putes here. Suf­fice to say, that most of us be­lieve we know it when we hear it. For the most part, we're usu­ally cor­rect. Older fans (sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian plus) who be­came teenagers in the… Con­tinue Read­ing what ex­actly was a "rock & roll al­bum" in those days?

rock and rollin' with fats domino at wikipedia

AM WORK­ING ONPIECE here on Rather Rare Records that in­spired this brief piece be­low. It's ti­tled "what was the first rock & roll LP al­bum of the '50s?" and at one point I turned to Wikipedia for in­for­ma­tion. Specif­i­cally, I was in­ter­ested in de­ter­min­ing the re­lease date of Fats Domino's first al­bum, Rock And Rollin' With Fats Domino. Hooboy, but I wasn't pre­pared for what I found (al­though I should have been). But first, some back­ground: re­cently, I pub­lished an­other ar­ti­cle on my A Touch Of Gold web­site. It ad­dressed the error-ridden Wikipedia en­try for ELVIS' GOLD RECORDS VOL­UME 2, in­clud­ing the album's sub-title 50,000,000 Elvis… Con­tinue Read­ing rock and rollin' with fats domino at wikipedia

I know, it's only rock & roll (or is it only rock and roll?)

I KNOW, IT'S ONLY ROCK & ROLL, but I like it—and so do you and tens of mil­lions of oth­ers. But is it only rock & roll or is it only rock and roll? The phrase "rock and roll" as a dance and mu­sic ref­er­ence has been with us for at least sixty years. It ap­pears to have orig­i­nally been a black Amer­i­can eu­phemism for sex that goes back even fur­ther. And just the word roll has been used as a sex­ual metaphor since the Mid­dle Ages ("a roll in the hay"). 1 As a mu­si­cal ref­er­ence, it ap­pears… Con­tinue Read­ing I know, it's only rock & roll (or is it only rock and roll?)

duke duke duke, duke of of earl (yes, I'm the duke of earl)

THIS BRIEF PIECE ON THE DUKE OF EARL was in­spired by an equally brief ar­ti­cle on my other site ti­tled “earl earl earl, earl of grey.” That piece is not about a duke duke duke of any­thing, but about my en­joy­ment of Tazo's Earl of Grey tea, a bev­er­age I have loathed for decades but—for some in­ex­plic­a­ble change in my ag­ing, testosterone-deprived taste buds—I cur­rently crave the stuff! Gene Chandler's Duke Of Earl is a rhythm and blues-based pop record recorded in 1961. This won­der­ful, goofy record came out of nowhere and, de­spite be­ing a throw­back to the re­cently de­parted doo-wop sound… Con­tinue Read­ing duke duke duke, duke of of earl (yes, I'm the duke of earl)