When Fats Domino, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis ignited rock music and rock piano within the 1950’s, who would have thought that 60 years later, pianists would still be emulating their explosive type and sound. ^ F. W. Hoffmann, “British Invasion” in F. W. Hoffmann and H. Ferstler, eds, Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound, Volume 1 (New York, NY: CRC Press, 2nd edn., 2004), ISBN 0-415-93835-X , p. 132. Musicians equivalent to Miles Davis and John McLaughlin and teams like Traffic or Blood, Sweat, and Tears tried to fuse rock and jazz , whereas such disparate artists as Leonard Bernstein and Frank Zappa tried to attach rock and classical music.
^ H. Jenkins, T. McPherson and J. Shattuc, Hop on Pop: the Politics and Pleasures of Standard Tradition (Durham NC: Duke College Press, 2002), ISBN zero-8223-2737-6 , p. 541. Rock and roll seemed to stagnate at the finish of the Fifties. ^ J. J. Thompson, Raised by Wolves: the Story of Christian Rock & Roll (Toronto: ECW Press, 2000), ISBN 1-55022-421-2 , pp. 206-7.
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