The Big Bang of Rock

“Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state”, then nearly seventy years ago expansion of rock started… wait. I know you have always been curious about when, how and why it all started. We all know the Rock genre that we hear nowadays, set its grounds as Rock and Roll back in the 1940s and 1950s, Rock and Roll was deeply influenced by Country Music, Rhythm and Blues. Rock then also borrowed styles from folk and electric blues and mixed it with jazz and classical music. It is obvious the center and focus of rock music most of the time is the electric guitar. The diverse Rock Genre originated in the USA and then spread across Europe and other English-speaking nations throughout the 1960s, but by the 1990s it was a widely spread popular musical genre in the whole globe. When it comes to the question “Who invented rock?” we won’t be able to give just one answer, rock being so popular, it probably has a lot of parents, some of them are listed in this article.

Rock-n-Roll

Rock-n-Roll
Rock-n-Roll

This phrase is actually a double entendre with a sexual connotation and used to refer to the act of having sex in blues songs, and started with African American Blues Singer Trixie Smith’s song “my Man Rocks me (With One Steady Roll)”, from then on it inspired a lot more other blue songs. In Cleveland Ohio, the phrase “The Rock and Roll Session” was used by disc jockey Alan Freed to describe the mix of rhythm, country music and blues he would play during his shows.

Rosetta Tharpe

Born in Arkansas, USA, in 1915. She was an African American guitarist, songwriter and singer, well known for her gospel recordings in which she mixed spiritual lyrics and a rhythmic complement which is said to be the precursor of Rock and Roll. She used to be referred to as “The Godmother of Rock and Roll” and “The original Soul sister” as rock and roll and rhythm and blues audiences both enjoyed her work. Most early rock and roll musicians like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley were influenced by her work. Her guitar technique with a heavy distortion of notes was a profound influence on the genre.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry

Born in Missouri, USA, in 1926. Was an African American songwriter and singer, often referred to as “The Father of Rock and Roll”, Berry became popular because he would play his records according to the audiences’ reactions, his musical style was influenced by many factors, and this style set the ground for his place in the history of Rock music, he was a black man who’s audience was mainly white and in their teen years, he broke color barriers and played to integrated audiences.