rock music: Origins of Rock
Essentially hybrid in origin, rock music includes elements of several black and white American music styles: black guitar-accompanied blues; black rhythm and blues, noted for saxophone solos; black and white gospel music; white country and western music; and the songs of white popular crooners and harmony groups. Emerging in 1954–55, rock music was initially referred to as
rock 'n' roll. After 1964 it was simply called
rock music. The change in terminology indicates both a continuity with and a break from the earlier period; rock music was no longer just for dancing. After 1964 the music was influenced by British groups such as the Beatles.
- Origins of Rock
- The 1950s—Bill Haley and Rock 'n' Roll
- The Late 1950s and Early 60s—Elvis, Motown, and the British Invasion
- The Late 1960s and Early 70s—Rock's Golden Age
- The Late 1970s to the Present—Punk Rock, the Music Video, and Middle-aged Rockers
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