August

13

Great British Rock and Roll Bands of the 80s

By the early 50s, rock and roll began to spread, thanks in part to technological advances in radio transmission, which could now be broadcast into rural and sparsely populated areas. The emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-50s further popularized the genre, especially in the South. Presley’s mixture of country and R&B spawned an offspring of rock and roll that was coined “rockabilly.” In attendance at a 1955 Presley concert in Lubbock, Texas was a 19-year old aspiring singer-guitarist named Buddy Holly.Is this new to you? Catch up here Inspired by Presley’s performance and style, Holly scrapped his country and bluegrass-influenced stylings and formed his own group, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, rock and roll’s first band. An almost immediate success, the Crickets were soon opening for more established acts, http://tvsavings.org/, including Bill Haley and the Comets and even Presley. Prior to the emergence of Holly and his band, musical groups had almost exclusively performed “cover” songs, or songs written by other artists or songwriting teams. Holly and the Crickets changed the dynamic by composing and performing their own songs, including such legendary rock and roll songs as “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.” Unfortunately, Holly’s career was ended much too soon. Only a year-and-a-half after recording his first album, Holly died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

June

29

Great British Rock and Roll Bands of the 70s

The Influence of Great British Rock and Roll Bands of the 70s

What The Rolling Stones Were Up To
The Rolling Stones were international superstars by the time the ’70s came around. In fact, they were regarded as one of the most reckless and dangerous British bands of all time. However, their reputation was inversely proportionate to their strict business model as musicians. Nevertheless, the Rolling Stones lost Brian Jones and discovered Mick Taylor. They recorded one of the best albums of all time in the ’70s called Exile on Main Street.

The Read the rest of this entry »

May

14

Great British Rock and Roll Bands of the 60s

Great British Rock And Roll Bands of the ’60s

The Rolling Stones Versus The Beatles
The two most iconic bands from the 1960s emerged at the same time. Those groups were called The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Both bands came from England. In addition, these two groups spawned a movement that critics called The British Invasion. Other groups from this movement consisted of The Who and The Kinks. However, The Beatles and Read the rest of this entry »

March

23

Great American Rock and Roll Bands of the 90s

The 1990s brought many great bands to rock star status in America, and even worldwide. Despite being considered grunge or alternative, Nirvana took the genre to mainstream rock. Hits included “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are” and “Lithium. The band formed in 1987, but did not make their mark until the release of Nevermind in 1991. The band had an untimely demise with the suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain in 1994.
Just as Nirvana faded, Green Day, another alternative band formed Read the rest of this entry »

June

4

Great American Rock and Roll Bands of the 80s

The eighties were the decade of hair bands and one of the biggest bands on the block was Bon Jovi. Jon Bon Jovi and his crew came crashing full force into the music world when they released the album, ‘Slippery When Wet’ in 1986. ‘Living on a Prayer’ was a phenomenal hit from that album that still gets crowds jumping to their feet and singing in unison when it is played as the encore song at Bon Jovi concerts today.

Guns and Roses was another hair band that rocked the 80s. Young people from all walks of life knew the anthem, Read the rest of this entry »

May

31

Great American Rock and Roll Bands of the 70s

During the 1970′s rock music became a legitimate art form. No longer bound to the rebellious 60′s, artists were able to discover their true voices and concentrate on making careers for themselves. Here is an overview of two of the greatest American rock bands of this decade.

The Grateful Dead

The leaders of the psychedelic movement continued to make music long after many of their counterparts hung up their tie-dyes and called it a day. Their LSD inspired jams caused a legion of fans to follow them around the Read the rest of this entry »

May

28

Great American Rock and Roll Bands of the 60s

Prior to the British Invasion of 1964, American rock ‘n roll consisted largely of surf music, R&B girl groups and boy pop idols. Influenced by the Beatles and others, however, American rock ‘n roll soon transformed itself into an edgier, beat-driven style that caught fire and remains alive and well a half-century later.

The Beach Boys’ legacy began with songs extolling the virtues of surfer girls and fast cars. With the introduction of the Beatles, Brian Wilson felt challenged and began to compose more mature, experimental music, such as “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations.”

Paul Revere and the Raiders began Read the rest of this entry »

May

24

Rock and Roll Music Through the Years

Through the years, rock and roll music has changed tremendously. One thing has remained consistent, however; rock and roll has been a popular form of music since the 1950s. Rock and roll originated in the 1940s with African American blues, jazz and gospel music. In the 1940s the saxophone and piano were the lead instruments and the genre was called rhythm and blues. This changed within a decade, when the guitar began to lead. Soon, Cleveland, Ohio was known as the birth place of rock and roll music.

The name for the genre Read the rest of this entry »

May

21

Who Was Really the First Rock and Roll Band?

By the early 50s, rock and roll began to spread, thanks in part to technological advances in radio transmission, which could now be broadcast into rural and sparsely populated areas. The emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-50s further popularized the genre, especially in the South. Presley’s mixture of country and R&B spawned an offspring of rock and roll that was coined “rockabilly.”

In attendance at a 1955 Presley concert in Lubbock, Texas was Read the rest of this entry »