Orbison and Lewis were suddenly out of the picture--
replaced mostly by soft-rock teen idols.
Note that the exploration of "The Elements of Music" (see
"MusicalElements" link) is intended to introduce you to the
basic terms/concepts that will be covered throughout the
course. For Lesson 1, focus on "tempo" and "polyrhythm"
(MusicalElements, p.1), " chord," "progression," "
consonance" and "dissonance" (MusicalElements, pp. 3-4),
the "Blues Forms" (MusicalElements, p. 10, especially the 8-
bar Blues pattern ( I - - - IV - V7 I), and the comparative style
chart for "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (MusicalElements, p.13).
Other critical terms/artists to know for this lesson
- Rural Blues ("Ma" Rainey)
- Delta Blues (Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Sam Hopkins)
- Classic Blues (Bessie Smith)
- Urban Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker)
- Jump Blues (Louie Jordan, "Big Mama" Thornton, Ruth
Brown, Big Joe Turner)
- Chicago Electric Blues (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B.
King, Bo Diddley)
- Backbeat (textbook, p.2)
MAJOR RECORD LABELS OF THE 1950s-60s
- RCA, Decca, Columbia, Capitol,
INDEPENDENT RECORD LABELS (the driving force
behind early Rock 'n' Roll)
- Chess, Atlantic, Sun (Sam Phillips; The Million Dollar
RACIST PROBLEMS WITH EARLY ROCK
R & B/EARLY ROCK AND ROLL
- New Orleans R & B (Fats Domino, Little Richard)
- White "cover" artists (Pat Boone)