Back in my day a new form of music came on the scene. It was rock and roll. Back then most of adults of the 50’s and 60’s understood and accepted it as much as today’s adults accept innovations like rap. It was termed music of the devil. Parents feared its influence. It was looked upon as sinful.
Just what is rock and roll? One of the first people inducted into the Music Hall of Fame said this: “Rock and roll is a river of music that has absorbed many streams: rhythm and blues, jazz, rag time, cowboy songs, country songs, folk songs. All have contributed to the big beat.”
It’s been over fifty years since its sound took over the post-War children of the Baby Boom. It is unique and accepted now in all its variations. Hard rock, soft rock, California rock, acid rock, heavy metal and on and on arose from its roots. It influenced big names even the Beatles.
Here are some of my favorites that evolved from rock. Check them out on U-Tube if you have the time. Such talent, so many styles…. Best of all, you can understand their vocals.
- Billy Joel, “River of Dreams” – haunting melodic allegory
- B. J. Thomas, “Rock and Roll Lullaby” – twangy guitar and standout stars doing background stand out
- Diana Ross and the Supremo’s, “Reflections” – mirror into the workings of a dreamgirl set
- Elton John, “Pinball Wizard” – fantastic for fun play
- Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run” – vibrant imagery of the local shore scene
- Ike and Tina Turner, “Proud Mary” – counterpoint technique of duo and tempo bring out the song
- Manfred Mann, “Blinded by the Light” – visual descriptors make for people we know in life
- Roy Orbison,”Pretty Woman” – story we might experience permeated by beat leading to great ending
- The Eagles, “Hotel California” – haunting guitar solo stands out
- Three Dog Night, “Baby, The Show Must Go On” – calliope sound .creates a carnie show atmosphere
Who would be in your Top Ten?