There are a handful of songs that can be credited for moving the needle on rock music. The 1951 single, “Rocket 88,” is one of ’em as Kit O’Toole explains.
Ruth Brown helped establish Atlantic Records as a hub for R&B. But like many artists of the day, she was mistreated. Let’s give her her due.
May 2 marks guitarist Link Wray’s birthday. We honor it with a look at his signature song — one that influenced a generation of rock stars.
“Sixty Minute Man” is one of those early rock hits that presaged some of the sexier songs to come. But few would outrank its nascent raunchiness.