What Was the First Recorded Rock and Roll Song?

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Before we can answer that question, we have to go back and figure out the ingredients of rock and roll. We can identify three most important ingredients: gospel, jump and blues.

There’s still one very important ingredient in rock and roll: a distorted guitar. And that’s why we agree that Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88” from 1951 should be considered the first rock and roll song.

It was one of the first songs to use a distorted guitar, and it happened by accident. The guitar amp was damaged on the way to the studio. And when they plugged it in, it made a sound that nobody had ever heard before — distortion. You might call it a buzzy sound.

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Vocabulary:

 

  • Distorted: Different than what was common at that time in terms of sound
  • Amp: Amplifier
  • Buzzy: Small sound of a constant vibration

Recommendations:

Sometimes we are too focused on our preferred music style, listen something different from time to time! Variety is always good for life!

Questionnaire:

  • What’s your opinion about the song? Do you like it? Yes/No why?

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Ms. Cynthia Carmona from Narvarte Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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