The following is from the book: "WHAT WAS THE FIRST ROCK 'N' ROLL RECORD?" by Jim Dawson & Steve Propes, by Faber & Faber, 1992, provides a list. Their following list of early candidates to a question that will always be one of the great and true unknown pieces in the history of Rock ‘N’ Roll.
1 Jazz at the Philharmonic: Blues, Part 2 (1944)
2 Joe Liggins: The Honeydripper (1945)
3 Helen Humes: Be-Baba-Leba (1945)
4 Freddie Slack: House Of Blue Lights (1946)
5 Big Boy Crudup: That's All Right (1946)
6 Jack McVea: Open The Door, Richard (1946)
7 Lonnie Johnson: Tomorrow Night (1948)
8 Wynonie Harris: Good Rockin' Tonight (1948)
9 Bill Monroe: We're Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll (1948)
10 Orioles: It's Too Soon To Know (1948)
The Death (or fall) of American Rock and Roll
By the late fifties, rock and roll had begun to move away from the raw immediacy of its early stars and become a vehicle for the trite plan of camera friendly faces singing songs about teenage romance. It had barely established itself, yet rock and roll was losing its rebellious edge and drifting into the abyss, becoming nothing more then a catchphrase for teens with a beat.
Another unfortunate development was the desegregation that began to take place. Previously, rock and roll had made tremendous headway in breaking down the barriers between