Early Rock N Roll And Rockabilly
729 artists, 4103 songs
Various R&B, jump blues and even country artists recorded songs with the 12-bar blues structure and energetic rhythms associated with rock and roll since the mid 1940s. DJ Alan Freed exposed white teenagers to the sounds of black R&B artists like Big Joe Turner and Fats Domino on his "Rock 'n' Roll Party" radio broadcasts during the early 1950s, but rock and roll didn't catch on as a national phenomenon until 1955 when white performers like Elvis Presley and Bill Haley enjoyed success on the pop charts. Presley's Sun singles helped pioneer a style known as rockabilly, which combined the sounds of R&B and country. White audiences found the rockabilly sounds of white artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison more accessible, although black artists like Chuck Berry also enjoyed considerable crossover success.