Happy Birthday Rock and Roll

 There are many candidates that might be considered as the very first rock 'n' roll record.  One of the most promising ones is Rocket 88 (watch it on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbfnh1oVTk0).  This birthday really happened in April of this year since the record was released then.  I am surprised that the 70th anniversary of its release (April 1951) didn't get more headlines.

It is credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, but in fact this was an alias for Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm.  A damn fine record that spawned a whole genre.  What's not to like?  It is certainly worth celebrating.  :-)


  1. Hi Ian,
    There's always something new to learn thanks! Well, well - a young Ike Turner. Rocket 88 is a great number too. I have about 2000 tracks on my computer and at best guess, only 10-15% of them are post-1985. Old farts of the world unite!

  2. There were many good tracks cut back in the day right enough and he good ones are still worth a listen. :-)


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