The invention of rock & roll was a collaborative effort, yet many music buffs trace its beginnings back to a singer, songwriter, and guitarist named Chuck Berry. Taking what he knew from the blues, big band, swing, country, and pop, Berry developed a style and sound that uniquely spoke to the experience of the American teenager, and that appealed to white as well as black audiences. And he remains, arguably, rock & roll's most influential figure. Among those who admit to having emulated his complex guitar riffs and quick, witty lyrics in their early days are some of the most prominent bands and artists of the past 50 years--including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Berry has spent a lifetime in the spotlight, but the spotlight has not always been kind to him. Various lawsuits have been filed against the mischievous rock star, and he has served three prison terms. Despite these setbacks, he has held on to his image as one of rock's esteemed founding fathers. Berry was still rocking and still making the news in 2000, at age 74,
During the Roaring Twenties, people started spending more money and having more free time. They got this free time because of an increase in production, letting them out of the factories more. With more time on there hands, people started to listen to musicians like louis Armstrong. Armstrong played a significant role in the 1920’s by changing the way people looked at jazz music.
“In a country in which popular culture is extremely important, there’s nobody more important than The Beatles.” Steven Stark, a friend of The Beatles once said. The Beatles are not only the biggest band of their time, they are one of the biggest bands of all times. The Beatles did not just sing to sing, they sang to give hope to a generation, they set some of the highest standards in popular culture, they changed music forever, and they still manage to affect our generation today.
Elvis faced many obstacles during his 24 years as the “King” he faced racial controversy, musical barriers, and bad press in order to help create Rock and Roll music. Long before Rock n Roll was created or even thought of, the musical world was divided over petty differences. One of the many reasons why music was divided was the heavy racism that plagued the United States since the end of slavery. Another reason why music was divided was the fact of a huge generation gap, or difference between parent and child. These are some of the challenges that Elvis faced.
Eleanor Feagan, most commonly known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter who had a career lasting nearly 30 years. The way she sang had been strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists and introduced a new way of controlling phrasing and tempo. She carried an abundant amount of emotion and character in her voice, in addition to her material. Holiday is one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time and has had an everlasting influence on American music.
The video we watched this week involved three musicians with different leadership styles but their outcome was the same, produce great music. The first musician was Duke Ellington and his band. Duke did not care if his band members hated each other, drank, or even went to jail. Duke’s main concern was that they were able to produce good music at the end of the day. The second musician in the video was Benny Goodman, and his style was to put the fear of God into his band members. For Benny, he did not care if he was loved or hated by his band members. If they did not live up to his expectations, then he was not afraid to put them in line. The final musician was Miles Davis, and his style was to inspire people. People looked up to him, not only his band members,
February 9th, 1964: The Beatles took the world by storm by making their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. The popular rock group included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They’ve changed the world with their music and became the best selling band in history. The Beatles are one of the most influential music groups impacting the world in more ways than one.
Elvis Presley has had more impact on American society and culture than any other person in history for the three following reasons; his large contribution to the start of the generation gap in the 1950’s, his huge impact on rock ‘n’ roll music, and finally, his music opened a door for some integration between races.
The 1950’s were, in fact, a great time for peace, progress, and prosperity. For the peace aspect, President Eisenhower prepared a truce between America, North Korea, and China, ultimately stopping a bloody and long drawn out battle. Eisenhower, also wanted to lower the sense of crises in the 1950’s along with rhetoric. In late 1953, there was an economic boom due to the previous war, there was a great rise in both buying and selling for Americans. This was a wonderful change for consumers and sellers in the 1950’s after the depression of the 1920’s. People were able to breathe again and were able to put money in the bank without worry of it disappearing. There was great progress in the 1950’s as well, such as, television, the News, viewing advertisements on television, etc. Owning a television back then was a wonderful accomplishment and ultimate luxury, people who had a television flaunted them and people who
Before The Beatles became a band they were individual musicians all with people they looked up to and all with musicians they wanted to take certain traits form. Having four members of the band created a wide variety of influences on the band as a whole by combining the individual members pervious musical repertoire. Starting with George Harrison, his guitar work was influenced by American rockabilly music by Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins that influenced the band’s songs throughout the years. He also incorporated the melodic lines and slight fills that both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton created. John Lennon was a huge fan of Elvis, his opinion implied that the there was no true music before Elvis’s time. He also brought The Beatles into considering the psychedelia and folk side of music. Many of the first songs The Beatles created were directly influenced by Buddy Holly with slight influences from Roy Orbison. They wanted to create a similar sound to Holly with their own spin on the genre. Paul McCartney’s songwriting was created to emulate the technique of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
Jimi Hendrix was the most famous American rock guitarist in my heart. He has multi talent, he can sing and play the guitar skillfully at the same time, also he is a songwriter. He was born in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942. Started playing guitar at age 15, when he first got his guitar from his father as a gift. He loves rock music and he also plays blues and R&B music. In 1960s, Jimi Hendrix become very well known by his techniques of his guitar play and his passionate of performance on the stage. When he is on the stage, he really put himself into the music that he plays, his excitement of music just can turn people to hype. People don’t care about his skin color, they think he is a great guitarist and singer, they just want to see him play when he is on the stage, but they never care about who is he playing with or where does he come from.
Kenny Rogers has touched many people with his music, and has also had an effect on bands that he was in because of his amazing music. He preformed really well for his fans when he went out on stage and sang his song. He played in a lot of places and all of his fans liked his songs. Kenny Rogers was very young when he first started to sing and play instruments.Kenny Rogers impacted country music with the amount of awards he won in his lifetime, due to his popular songs.
His music brought Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan to become singers the way Buddy wanted to become a singer. Another fact I found out was that The Beatles chose their name because of how close to Buddy’s music group, The Crickets. Buddy Holly was one of the Worlds greatest Rock and Roll singers. I think that if he was born more than 100 years later than he already was he would still be famous. I think this because he was a pioneer in classic rock and people everywhere would like a throwback singer that could sing like the people in the 50s. He would also bring something newer to the table that is different from our modern music. Plus many of the people that enjoy classic rock and roll today might like to hear Buddy Holly play in the future
Did you know that the 60’s was an influential time for music to bring generations together and brought political views to attention? Several artist had impacted the 60’s with the type of music they made, but only a few stand out in certain aspects. For guitar, Jimi Hendrix was one of the most astonishing guitarists to ever play in the 60’s and some would argue all time. Jimi Hendrix was one of the most talented guitarist of all time that used the sound of his music to innovated the music industry.
Before when The Beatles where still fairly new in the United States the media portrayed them as clean cut British guys who made good music. The medias eye had always been specifically on Paul and John for being the front men of the band, and the media loved them. Towards the end of the 60 's the media started to develop a different view on Paul and John. When Paul was caught with half a pound of Marijuana and sent to jail the media took this event as an opportunity to diminished the image of Paul by basically depicting him of being just a drugged up musician. John on the other hand was being spied on by the FBI. The reason he was being spied on was because John Lennon apparently had contact with anti-war activist. President Nixon did not approve