I NEVER THOUGHT of Antoine “Fats” Domino as a rock & roll artist. I thought he was a rhythm & blues-based artist, maybe a boogie-woogie artist, definitely a New Orleans artist. For some reason, white teenagers in the ’50s glommed onto him and the rest is rock & roll history.
I mean, yeah, when I was a kid inheriting my Aunt Judy’s 45 collection, I thought … CONTINUE READING
THIS ARTICLE SEEMS TO BE ABOUT PATSY CLINE. But it’s not—at least, not primarily. Primarily it’s about hyperbolic exaggeration in describing the accomplishments of popular stars, regardless of whether the artist needs such embellishment to shine among other stars. Fans of any field of artistic or athletic endeavor are given to excessive bragging about their faves, whether it’s rock bands or comic book artists or … CONTINUE READING
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.
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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!
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I AM WORKING ON A PIECE 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 … CONTINUE READING
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 … CONTINUE READING
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 … CONTINUE READING