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What does he represent? If Chuck Berry was the archetype of the rocker, Bo Diddley was the architect of the rock and roll sound. He mixed an elemental guitar riff with hypnotic jungle rhythms. Bands of all time have inherited his formula. Influenced by John Lee Hoocker and Muddy Waters he created...
What is doo wop? The doo wop is a vocal style of music born from the union of rhythm and blues and gospel. It developed in African-American communities in the United States during the 1940s and reached its greatest popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. It emerged from the streets of industrial cities...
What are these groups like? Youth, inexperience, hobbies and street performances, lead to a serious formal change from the style of their predecessors and models. They rarely had the support of musicians to help them define and polish the arrangements. To compensate for this, to some basic...
Which vocal groups can be mention? The Dominoes was a rhythm and blues vocal group formed in New York in 1950. It was led by gospel teacher Billy Ward, who had selected the four members from among his best students. It was the first religious formation to be launched into the secular arena. Its...
What other school do we find? As the antithesis of the cool style, many groups developed the school of drama. The most prominent were The Platters, a group from Los Angeles whose members had been pre-selected by manager Buck Ram. Their soloist, Tony Williams, performed love ballads with a dramatic...
Who were The Coaters? In the 1950s, vocal groups competed fiercely. Something else was needed to stand out, and that something made The Coasters the number one group. They became known as the supreme comedians of rock and roll. They started out in Los Angeles in the first half of the 1950s as a...
How did it come out from the ghetto? In the early 1950s, music made in the black community began to be valued by white musicians. Some of these white people with a black soul would help spread it on a larger scale and bring it out of the ghetto. At first, they were a small group of advanced people...
Who founded it? In 1950, a radio broadcaster named Sam Phillips built a small recording studio, Memphis Recording Services. He recorded legendary musicians such as: James Cotton, Willie Nix, Rufus Thomas or B.B. King. In 1952, he founded Sun Records, an independent record company that was looking...
How do they appear? In the 1930s, some American radio stations began programming the songs preferred by the public, performed live by a pianist and a singer. This is how the first hit parades began. In 1935, the radio commentator Martin Block comments on records with personal criteria. Two years...
Who was he? He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1922. In his early days he played trombone in a jazz band called The Sultans of Swing. At a very young age he started working as a disc jockey on the radio, passing through local and army stations. In 1951, he was hired by WJW in Cleveland (...
How does he continue? Both its radio and television programs and the events it organizes show a new image of American youth. Blacks and whites interact spontaneously and without any racial prejudice. This does not please the mostly segregationist white society, which harasses him with all the means...
Who was he? Born near Detroit, Bill Haley was a rock and roll anomaly. He didn't come from the South, he was an adult, he had no sex appeal and he was already a professional musician. He sang ghetto songs and used black slang, but with a white voice. With music loving parents, he grew up playing...

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