Eric Clapton Eric Clapton is an innovative guitarist, basically the first to combine blues and rock, which in turn popularized blues. Because of his skill and ever- evolving style, his music is a lasting contribution in itself. Eric Clapton made his recording debut with The Yardbirds, the British group that also featured guitar virtuosos Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Together, they created a whole new blues/rock sound that many of the famous ‘60s and ‘70s bands copied. Clapton left The Yardbirds when he felt the band strayed too far from their blues roots towards pop music.
It sold a million copies and produced the band's first Top Ten hit in "Touch of Grey." One of the aspects of the Grateful Dead that made them stand out was their mixing of several different kinds of music. As mentioned earlier, the Dead's music is a hearty mixture of bluegrass, classical, and good old-fashioned rock... ... middle of paper ... ...ot;, is Blues Traveler. On the scene since 1984, John Popper (lead vocals and unbelievable harmonica) has lead this band up from the depths of the local party circuit to having a multi-platinum album (1994's Four). Also with the same blues-rock feeling, deadheads are sure to flashback to yesteryear with one of Popper's unreal harmonica riffs.
Some of the first rock and roll singers were Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, etc. The years of transition were during the late fifties and early sixties. Music has dramatically changed over the years. From Motown to hard rock to heavy metal, rock and roll has become the most popular genre of music. Expanding the boundaries of rock and roll during the 1960’s included music such as soul, surf, folk, and rock.
His first big break was a song known as Heartbreak Hotel (PBS 1). Elvis listened to African American gospel music and integrated that style into many of his best known songs . He sold millions of records and his popularity helped to make rock music popular . Elvis Presley made it possible for music from the different cultures to be brought over and intermixed . Elvis performed with a sexuality that appealed to young teens of the 50s.
Revolution of Music Music has continued to change throughout each decade, but the 1960s was the most influential decade in the history of music. Starting in the early 1950s, rock music was first introduced. Major record labels were releasing new “cover songs” which were originally made by black artist, but now by white artist (Rock and Roll). These cover songs changed a few lyrics from the original songs to avoid copyright issues and to also make the song more appropriate for the white listeners. The biggest star of the 1950s was Elvis Presley, who was known as the “King of rock n’ roll”.
The family name is correctly spelled “Holley” but his first recording contract from Decca Records in 1956 spelled his last name “Holly” and he kept it that way for the rest of his career (Griggs 1). Holly took a very influential position in the music industry and built an audience for his Rock and Roll music very quickly due to his unique voice and advanced knowledge of music. Buddy Holly is a prime example of a musical pioneer who blended resources from various music genres including a variety of popular genres such as rhythm and blues (RNB), oriental, and African (Schinder and Schwartz 85). He also was known to influences experimental new music and electronic music. Although he spent a good part of his life in the recording studio, he also performed live.
Eddie Van Halen took electric guitar technique to new heights with his patented two-handed tapping and pull-off effects, while Roth's tongue-in-cheek histrionics proved to be a refreshing alternative in an industry chock full of self-important rock stars. Within six months of its release, Van Halen was certified platinum. The album not only launched Van Halen's career, but it came to influence countless American rock bands during the next decade. During the next few years, Van Halen became one of the hardest working and most profitable bands in the recording industry, releasing a string of multi-platinum albums in quick succession; 1979's Van Halen II, 1980's Women and Children First, 1981's Fair Warning and 1982's Diver Down. But it was the album 1984, released on New Year's Day of that year that solidified the band's superstar status.
Chuck Berry was a very dominant part of history and rock & roll. Berry, a St. Louis native adopted country, blues and R&B inspirations to create a singular guitar technique. Berry paired these skills with astounding charisma, extraordinary stage moves and an expressive voice that was projected more to *white youth and anyone young at heart, guaranteeing his status as one of rock & roll's first great hit makers. Berry was a big player in “The first wave” of rock & roll artists. Historians say Elvis Presley cracked open the door for rock & roll, BUT Chuck Berry kicked it wide open with his signature duck walk over it for good measure.
Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of the most influential electrical guitarists in music history. In his life time Vaughan was admired by already established and well regarded musicians, for his soulful energy and powerful style of guitar play. Eric Clapton stated in a 1996 interview that he was so taken back by Stevie Ray Vaughan talent that while he was driving his car he had to pull over and listen to him play. Further, stating that he was determined to meet him that very day and did. Unfortunately, at the height of his popularity his life was cut short by a tragic helicopter crash.
As mentioned, the country incorporation allowed Chuck Berry to reach larger white audiences. His records had biracial appeal and became successful in the business (Christgau). Christgau states, “A good blues single usually sold around 10,000 copies and a big rhythm and blues hit might go into the hundreds of thousands, but "Maybellene" probably moved a million”. Still, like other race records of the time, white artists would perform covers, made possible by Tin Pan Alley, and Chuck’s records were no exception. Overall, Chuck Berry’s records still managed to become successful in a business that was geared to oppressed black