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Rock MusicIt is a visitor submit from Sean Kay , Robson Professor of Politics and Authorities, and Director of Worldwide Studies, at Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1971, folks singer Don McLean echoed these sentiments within the corny FM radio staple American Pie,” by which he coined the phrase the day the music died” to suggest the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Massive Bopper 58 years ago this week.

Overlaying many black musicians’ songs, together with Junior Parker’s “Mystery Practice” and Massive Mama Thornton’s “Hound Canine,” Presley, a Mississippi native, recorded his first hits in the mid-Fifties, and he dominated music charts for many years.

Sam Phillips, who would introduce Elvis Presley to the world on his Memphis-based mostly Solar Information label, produced “Rocket 88.” At the Sun Records’ studio, blues singers comparable to Howlin’ Wolf and B. B. King created music that younger white artists like Presley incoporated into their nation-based types.

The spirit-possessed performances of Otis Redding (crossover gospel singer) to the hyperkinetic screams of James Brown (“Say it Loud—I’m Black and I am Proud,” 1968) asserted black satisfaction, gave expression to the Civil Rights Movement, and stunned white audiences.

^ a b c d e f g R. Uterberger, “Blues Rock”, in V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra, S. T. Erlewine, eds, All Music Information to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues (Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books, third edn., 2003), ISBN zero-87930-736-6 , pp. 701-2.