Outline 5 - Rockabilly, Dick Clark

Outline 5 - Rockabilly, Dick Clark - Lecture 5 Rockabilly,...

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Lecture 5 Rockabilly, Dick Clark Sun Records and Sam Phillips • Phillips looked for a way to present African-American music through white performers • He found it with a series of poor, white Southern boys Jerry Lee Lewis (The Killer) • Immense and original talent, outrageous stage persona • Joins Sun 1956; hits 1957 (like Elvis, partly thanks to television) • EX. “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” -Boogie-woogie piano style • EX. “Great Balls Of Fire” -Passionate performance • Career slams to a halt with his marriage to his cousin Myra • Lewis later a country star The rockabilly sound • Instrumentation: slap bass, electric guitar, and piano straddles R&B and Country • Sam Phillips also important for his sound: echo, distortion etc. • EX. Jackie Brenston, “Rocket 88” (1951) • Other important rockabilly acts include Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers
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