History Of Rock n Roll: How Did Rock Begin?

Here are some You Tube Videos links  you could use to teach your students about to compliment the first lesson of the Fun Music Company History Of Rock and Roll Printable Music Lesson Plans Series.

How Did Rock Begin- Video Resources

“Rock Around the Clock”by Bill Haley and The Comets
Debuting in 1954 and marking some of the earliest footage of Rock and Roll music (apparently, this video is from Washington Square, a show hosted by Ray Bolger in 1956), this Bill Haley classic called “Rock around the Clock” brought teenagers to their feet as they couldn’t help but dance as they heard it, much to their parents disapproval.

“Shake Rattle And Roll” by Bill Haley and The Comets
By 1956, Bill Haley had become one of the most popular Rock and Roll artists in the world. Within 2 years, he had 12 top 40 records which included songs such as Shake Rattle and Roll, See You Later Alligator and Razzle Dazzle.

See You Later Alligator by Bill Haley and The Comets
This clip is from the movie Rock Around the Clock in 1956 and shows an example of the style of swing/jitterbug dancing enjoyed by audiences around the world.

Razzle Dazzle by Bill Haley and The Comets
This is an excerpt from the movie Rock Around The Clock in 1956. You get a feel for the disapproval of this style of music from older generations in this clip.

That’s Alright Mama by Elvis Presley
By 1957, other acts such as Elvis Presley and Little Richard started to dominate the American music scene. Originally written by blues artist Arthur Crudup, Elvis recorded That’s Alright Mama on July 5, 1954 at Sun Records and it was his first commercial recording.

Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
Little Richard was known for his crazy antics, lifestyle and his very popular nonsense lyrics.
This is a performance of “Tutti Frutti” shown in the 1956 Alan Freed film “Don’t Knock the Rock.”

Maybelline by Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry is best known for his witty lyrics, his double string guitar lick and his famous “duck walk”. This is his first number 1 smash hit, Maybelline in 1955.

Johnny Be Goode by Chuck Berry
Played in this live performance in 1958, Maybelline was one of Chuck Berry’s most important songs as it was listed as #7 on “Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Here’s some footage of Chuck Berry’s famous “Duckwalk” in the song Johnny Be Goode.

Rock And Roll Music by Chuck Berry
Rock and Roll Music became a hit single for Chuck Berry in 1957 and was later “covered” by many bands later on including the “Beatles” and “the Beach Boys”. This footage includes Chuck Berry alongside American singer/songwriter Etta James and was part of a concert which commemorated Chuck Berry’s 60th Birthday in 1986.

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