Rock And Roll Research Paper

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Rock and Roll Rock and roll was born in the United States in the mid 1950's, crossing racial and geographical lines. This major music genre has spawned many kinds of rock such as: hard, soft, acid, metal, Southern, jazz, blues, punk, pop, gospel, etc. as listed on Wikipedia website of List of rock genres. (Wikipedia.org). According to our textbook, The World of Music, rock and roll was influenced by "R & B and country and western - one especially black, the other white." (123). The original rock and roll musicians have built the foundation of this genre and greatly influenced today's rock and roll musicians as they have evolved their own sound over the years. Each musician adds their own style and influence to create the latest sounds …show more content…
The pioneers of rock and roll have earned honorary nicknames that denote their influence on this musical genre. According the Wikipedia's website of Honorific nicknames in popular music, several of these pioneers are listed. Elvis Presley is commonly known as the King of rock and roll and has also earned a spot on the Billboard's chart of the Great of All Tie Hot 100 Artists. Also, listed as Kings of rock and roll are Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Bill Haley. Chuck Berry also is referred to as the Father of rock and roll. The honorary title of the Grandfather of rock and roll is given to Robert Johnson, whose "landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. (Wikipedia, Robert Johnson). Les Paul and Little Richard are considered the Architects of rock and roll. Les Paul was one of the pioneers of the solid body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. (Wikipedia, Les Paul). The role of Queen is given to Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and most notably, Tina Turner. The Godmother of rock and roll is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. These musicians have made notable contributions to this music genre and have attained worldwide fame and success. (Wikipedia - Honorific nicknames of popular …show more content…
Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll." (www.rockhall.com/inductees/inductionprocess). The most enduring rock and roll bands formed in the 1960's and 1970's that are still performing today include: The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, U2, ZZ Top, Rush, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, Golden Earring, and The Moody Blues. The Rolling Stones are considered the World's Greatest rock and roll band. The basic instruments in rock and roll music are the electric guitar, drums, and the bass guitar. These instruments provide the basic sound and are complimented with additional instruments based on the musician’s preferences and the sounds they wish to create. Keyboards, synthesizers, horns, violins and any other instrument the musician wishes to add to create their own unique

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