The True Roots of Rock 'n' Roll:
TO NAME A FEW ROCKABILLY LEGENDS . . . Elvis
Presley, Carl Perkins, Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, Charlie Feathers, Bill
Haley/Comets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, Roy Orbison, Wanda
Jackson, Eddie Cochran, Janis Martin, Johnny Burnette, Brenda Lee, Narvel
Felts, D.J. Fontana, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, James Burton, Everly
Brothers, Jack Scott, Duane Eddy, Rosie Flores, Dave Edmunds, Glen Glenn,
Barbara Pittman. Dale Hawkins, Johnny Horton, Billy Lee Riley, Buddy Knox,
Sleepy LaBeef, Sam Phillips, Lou Hobbs, Billy Swan, Ritchie Valens, Alvis
Wayne, Rockin' Roary, Link Wray, Malcolm Yelvington, Hayden Thompson, Eddie
Bond, The Crickets, Collins Kids, Sonny Burgess, Paul Burlison, Ray Campi,
Johnny Carroll, Sanford Clark, Ronnie Dawson, Billy Adams, Mac Curtis, Col.
Robert Morris, Ray Condo, Stray Cats, Johnny Powers, Huelyn Duvall, Ray
Smith, Robert Gordon, Charlie Gracie, Rudy Grayzell, Ronnie Haig,
Jordanaires, Matt Lucas, Warren Smith, Bob Luman, Lonnie Mark, Carl Mann,
Burl Boykin, C.W. Gatlin, Ray Harris, Grady Martin, Bob Moore, Johnny
Preston, Gene Summers and many others.
"Rockabilly music has been revived by a new
generation of young musicians who love the rough-edged, countrified rock
sounds that were last heard in 1954, primarily on Sun Records in Memphis.
The fact that radio won't play the music and record companies won't sign the
artists doesn't seem to dissuade the 18-year olds who are picking up a
guitar today. Many rockabilly bands are playing for gas money at
non-traditional venues, such as bowling alleys, just to get on stage and
ROCKABILLY: WHAT IS IT?
Don't confuse the typical radio station, DJ, dance band that claims to play
"oldies music" with authentic rockabilly music. Very few of these folks know,
understand and actually promote true rockabilly music.
Without saying "it's just a feeling," rockabilly is a hard term to pin down. The
simplest way may be to describe it as picturing an exciting blend of the blues,
country and gospel sounds of American music that were prevalent, up to
the mid 1950's. Mix that in with the heavier beat that was becoming more and
more a part of pop music of the day and the result was "rock 'n' roll."
So what then is rockabilly?
Let's call it a window. Many young musicians found a sound that appealed to
the ears and dancing feet of their generation. The older generation stepped back
in amazement. During the time frame of 1955 thru 1960 a unique musical
historical window was created. All the musical ingredients that came through
that window shined into the souls of American teenagers. "Rockabilly music"
WAS THE WINDOW.
We will add some name recognition to help illustrate.
We've all heard about Elvis'
early "Memphis Sound" on the Sun records.
This sound captured teen hearts of the fifties and is still recognizable
today. Do any of these other names sound familiar?
Ricky Nelson, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bill Haley & The Comets,
Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and
Gene Vincent. These are just some of the names of rockabilly artists most people
have heard. These talents have been admired for over two
Rockabilly is one of the purist forms of American roots music. It was never
a watered-down, homogenized sound designed by corporate record
companies to build profits. You can't change something musical that is pure and
simple without ruining the result.
This unique music is far from a "thing from the past." It is alive today more than ever.
In the small venues throughout the world you will find legendary performers and
younger musicians in their 20's and 30's playing strictly rockabilly.
The same driving guitar licks, frantic vocals, standup bass slap and heavy snare
drum backbeat still sound great!
Many weekend rockabilly shows are drawing big crowds of all ages and from all countries.
Some of the veteran performers are no longer with us, but others are still performing
regularly in the US, England and in clubs and concerts throughout the world.
Many are coming out of retirement (much to the delight of their sons, daughters and
grandchildren) to join the movement to a more simple, happier feeling as the century
draws to an close.
The writer of "Rock Around the Clock" was quoted as saying,
"It amazes me to this day, when I'm at a dance or party and 'Rock Around the Clock'
is played, six-year-old kids are jumping up and down and 85-year-old grandmas are
tappin' their feet. I don't believe they even realize why they're doing it.
This sound and music has to be timeless!"
You'll have to admit that rockabilly, the "launching pad of rock 'n' roll,"
has become a major part of the current music scene as it often resurfaces in movies and in bits
and pieces of today's songs. Just listen carefully, you'll hear it and love it.
THE INTERNET'S ROCKABILLY HALL OF FAME
With the resurgence of Rockabilly Music world-wide, the need for creation
of an informative international web site has been filled. The Rockabilly
Hall of Fame is over four years old, its subject matter encompasses
generations of artists and fans of the "true roots of rock 'n' roll."
The Rockabilly Hall of FameŽ is more than just a nostalgic pit stop. You can scroll
through over 5,000 original artists, see many of their songs and photos posted.
Here you will find: current news, feature columns, artist profiles and extensive information on the young
and old artists that are performing today.
Something new and exciting is added almost every day. It has become a unique combination of
"an up-to-date news magazine," "museum" and "growing data base" as thousands of
faithful fans world-wide drop by each day. E-mails show an audience from
age 12 thru 85.
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