“Rocket 88”: One of The Pioneering Songs of Rock
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.
“Sixty Minute Man” – He’ll Rock You and Roll You
“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.
Etta James and “Roll With Me Henry”
Etta James’ “Roll With Me Henry” is another one of those songs that serves as a rock n’ roll building block. Here’s how it came about.
Big Mama Thornton and “Hound Dog”
Before Elvis’ version, Big Mama Thornton had her own hit with “Hound Dog.” And there are some powerful contrasts.