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page 1INTRODUCTIONRock and Roll started after the year 1955 with its roots being in Blues Gospeland Jazz This influenced vocal music which was popular with the African American population Hep Harmony which added rhythm and harmony was sung by groups such as The Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots Small Swing Bands or Jump Bands featured saxophone soloists and repeated phrases These city style blues featured singers such as Joe Turner Dina Washington T-Bone Walker and composer-singer Percy Mayfield During this era country blues traditions of the south became influential in the North as well Blacks moved from the South to the North and Chicago became the center of blues recordings This emphasized electric guitars harmonicas and drummers who emphasized after beats beats 2 and 4 of the measure Black gospel music was very popular and given the label of rhythm and blues RB This music was carried on radio and popular with the disc jockeys In the mid 50s Chuck Berry and Little Richard were popular and changed the face of music which was named rock and roll by the DJs page 21956-1962At age 21 in 1956 Elvis Presley was introduced to the public with his rockabilly style of music His first record Heartbreak Hotel was recorded It was the first of a consecutive 14 records to sell over one million copies He inspired other country singers to sing rock and roll This started a trend for cover recordings This was when white singers simplified versions of Black recorded songs White singers were played on more radio stations and became very popularYoung listeners became their largest audience Young singers were hired to record songs featuring adolescent issues Young Love 16 Candles and Teenage Crush Such singers as Little Richard Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis became famous and popularLove ballads also became more popular with the musical audience looking for sentimental and honest expression This turned some of the more
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