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Rock music has come a long way since it roots in the 1940s and 1950s. Over the past half century rock music has gone from something that many people despised to something that has become a part of everyday life for many people around the world. Rock music has evolved from a single genre to a myriad of genres ranging from heavy metal to grunge to pop rock and just about everything in between. Rock music can trace it roots back to the mid-to-late 1940s in many places across America. One prominent artist in the early days of rock was Muddy Waters who sang a song that summed up the beginnings of rock. The song was entitled “The Blues Had a Baby” and eventually led Little Richard to be quoted saying “the blues had an illegitimate baby and we named it rock 'n' roll” (Newfield). During the early days of rock a series of classic rockers led the genre. One of the prominent classic rockers was Chuck Berry. Berry was known for his stage presence that was defined by his famous duck walk (Friedlander 35). Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” became an instant classic and served as youth anthem all about searching for the American dream (Friedlander 34). The success of rock music carried over into the 1960s where it became more accepted and even went mainstream. TV was a new medium for distrubtion of music with the American hit TV should American Bandstand. The show feature hits groups of the day, many of which were the teen idol and all girl groups which were making their presence known in the early 1960s (Friedlander 71, 72). One group that was prominent during the 1960s was the Beach Boys. They hit single “Good Vibrations” is a prime example of some of the great vocal working being done during the 1960s (Friedlander 73).
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