Originally born Reginald (Reggie) Kenneth Dwight, Elton Hercules John started his first band at 14 (2) and has continued to set a foundation for American pop music for 53 years. Elton’s music is distinctive in its ability to draw attention of listeners with his original combination of sound (2). The songs written both by Elton and lyricist, Bernie Taupin (3) were premeditated to give both a rhythm and undertones of sentimental value. The decline of rock and roll in America allowed for Elton john to succeed. As a contemporary pop/rock artist, Elton John was the by-product of early artists such as Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Little Richard and Bob Dylan (10).
The 1950s saw the rise of Chuck Berry, considered the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His musical take on rhythm and blues (R&B) was a large influence on many successful artists that rose the following decade; most notably The Rolling Stones. I examine Chuck Berry’s early career and how The Rolling Stones modeled themselves from his style, and then expanded it. During the 1950s, many R&B artists, such as Little Richard, used the piano as their main instrument. His music had that rock 'n' roll exuberance, soulful voice, and in your face shouting that is a common ingredient in rock today (“History of Rock & Roll-The 1950s”).
Rockabilly was formed in the southern United States with its pioneers being the likes of Elvis, Bill Haley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. (Kaza). Rockabilly was said to have met its peak when Bill Haley and The Comets released the song “Rock Around The Clock” in 1955. This new style of music was not invented solely by Elvis but he was certainly one of the main poster boys for it. Elvis’ fusion of country music and rhythm and blues made him the most successful rocker of all, he brought forth the clearest fusion of black blues music into the newly formed genre of rock and roll (Clarke).
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson was a very charismatic, influential individual. He took the world by surprise as his long, successful career blossomed at such a young age. Throughout his many years of hard work, and unparalleled performances, he changed the world with his music. He became one of the most popular recording artists, delivering his sweet, funky tones, smooth dance moves, and versatile music capabilities across the world. He was a legend that continues to influence other musicians, as well as his large, loyal fan-base, and is well-deserving of the title of “The King of Pop” Michael was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.
The natural swing feel and jazz colored phrasing of his singing , including his use of dynamics and delayed rhythms , have influenced numerous of musicians . During the 1950's Sinatra teamed with a number of talented jazz arrangers , including Nelson Riddle , Neal Hefti... ... middle of paper ... ...t had trouble in some personal things like his several marriages . Frank Sinatra was very involved in the public and even helped some campaigns in his time . Over all Frank Sinatra was a hero to all of the Americans and his name will never die in the states and even in the world . He was the man of his generation and his name is still heard in my generation and generations to come .
Rock and roll has changed dramatically over the years. Some of the first rock and roll singers were Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, etc. During the years of transition during the late fifties and early sixties, music has dramatically changed over the years. From Motown music to hard rock to heavy metal, rock and roll became the most popular genre of music. Rock and roll is a popular genre because it’s been around since the 1950’s.
His talent was immediately recognized and shortly after he began his recording career. He was featured on many albums including John Coltrane’s Blue Trane and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messenger’s Moanin’. He continued recording with others until he returned to New York in 1963. His soloistic sound, interesting melodies, and solid feels led to some interesting charts and some good albums for him from there on out. He wrote “The Sidewinder,” which was possibly his greatest success and I believe is the only Lee Morgan chart the jazz band has played thus far since I’ve been here.
Duke, himself, was an elegant man. When the white people looked down on the black man and his music, Duke managed to brin... ... middle of paper ... ...6 that boomed with popularity as the demand for big bands playing this new swing music was in intense demand. Later on Duke hired a lyrical writer named Billy Strayhorn that led a premature death in 1967. But when Strayhorn was with the band he wrote many compositions that often went into the band's book of music. Then in 1942 Duke hired one of the best tenor saxophonists ever and let him play the first tenor sax solo ever arranged by Duke Ellington.
This was the start of a period of time (basically most of the ‘70s) where Eric Clapton would switch around from backup band to backup band. In doing this, he had to play differently with each one, so it kept his style fresh and ever changing. In the ‘70s Eric took more of a departure from blues and went on to basically playing rock and pop. An exception to this would be when he covered Bob Marley's song "I Shot the Sheriff" and took a stab at reggae. He did excellently with it, too, it was a big Top 40 hit.
Phillips’ dream of promoting a rock musician became true when a young man named Elvis Presley recorded a demo in his studio in 1954 (Kallen, 2012, 18). Short... ... middle of paper ... ...Korn was a heavy band that wrote songs about the disillusion of childhood innocence, abuse, drugs, the underground life and lust. Korn is still making influential records to this day, constantly pushing the boundaries of rock. Modern rock today is so varied in styles from death metal to retro rock. Whether or not rock recycles its genres will be told by time.