The pioneers of rock & Roll were small in number, but great in stature. The trailblazers of this musical form found the path or success wide open between the years of 1954-1956, and created songs which will stay with us forever!
This was Bill Haley & The Comets “Rock Around the Clock,” “See You Later Alligator” and “Shake Rattle & Roll”. Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline”, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” , Gene Vincent’s “Be Bop ALula”, Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk”, Boy Bennett’s “Seventeen”, Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes” Little Richards “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” cute little Gale Storm with “I Hear You Knocking” and of course, the Kind, Elvis Presley with “hound Dog”, “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Heartbreak Hotel”.
At this point, you may be asking yourself what these 30 songs meant to the American music scene-well, examine them closely. They represent the first and most important records of the rock & roll era not only to the labels themselves, but also to you as record buyers. The reason for this is that you and I, the music fans, became part of rock & roll history. Yes, those songs were the first rock & roll twenty million sellers!
I’ll bet that most of these records are still hiding somewhere in your house. I’d urge you never to discard them for the treasures of your youth are priceless and hard to duplicate!
The era we’re discussing was full of the most free electricity in the world since the cavemen days. The raucous beat led the way mush like the drummer in the Spirit of ’76 painting and the gates of musical fury were thrust open.
Jerry Lee Lewis came on like “Great Balls of Fire” and did a “Whole Lotta Saking” until he finally left us “Breathless”. By the same toke, the Camps were hanging around drinking “Tequila” while the Everly Brothers were saying “Bye Bye Love”, Jim Lowe kept hiding behind “The Green Door” while Johnny Ray did some “Walking in the Rain” and Guy Mitchell was “Singing The Blues”.
It may be hard to fathom now, but the 20 rock & roll classics I named above not only set the tone for a future filled with down right easy rhythms and music, but also forever served as the building blocks that became the first “pillars of rock & roll”.