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Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues," or "R&B," the music industry's generic term for any popular music primarily produced and consumed by African-Americans.

The R&B scene of the early Fifties was diverse enough to accommodate the suave stylings of a Charles Brown, the earthy, fiery Chicago blues of a Muddy Waters and everything in between. But when one thinks today of R&B in the early Fifties, it's usually the vocal groups that first come to mind—the Drifters, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, so many more. During those years, the years just before rock & roll became a worldwide phenomenon, a new en-ergy came into black vocal group music. In the For-ties it had been dominated by the Ravens, the Orioles and other groups that sang love songs sweet and low, after the fashion of the Ink Spots, who became world famous just before World War II.

Around 1950, though, certain R&B vocal groups began moving away from the sweet tones of the Ink Spots' Bill Kenny and toward something much closer to the sanctified shouts of such contemporary gospel groups as the Soul Stirrers, the Pilgrim Trav-elers and the Swan Silvertones. For some in the black community, this was tan-tamount to blasphemy. The new mix of gospel-style singing, sensual R&B rhythms and risque lyrics on such trend-setting records as "Honey Love" by the Drifters and "Work with Me Annie" by the Mid-nighters was as outrageous to conservatives as the rap excesses of 2 Live Crew would be some thirty-five years later.

(When Sam Cooke launched his pop career in 1957 after six years of singing pure gospel with the Soul Stirrers, the schism among his fans was deeper and more permanent even than what happened among Bob Dylan's folk fans after he went electric in 1965.) For young R&B fans, though—blacks and whites—this was electrifying stuff...

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues,"... read more »
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Rhythm And Blues

Early rock & roll derived the lion's share of its en-ergy and inspiration from black music. In the Fif-ties "rock & roll" was often taken to be simply a new name for "rhythm & blues," or "R&B," the music industry's generic term for any popular music primarily produced and consumed by African-Americans.

The R&B scene of the early Fifties was diverse enough to accommodate the suave stylings of a Charles Brown, the earthy, fiery Chicago blues of a Muddy Waters and everything in between. But when one thinks today of R&B in the early Fifties, it's usually the vocal groups that first come to mind—the Drifters, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, so many more. During those years, the years just before rock & roll became a worldwide phenomenon, a new en-ergy came into black vocal group music. In the For-ties it had been dominated by the Ravens, the Orioles and other groups that sang love songs sweet and low, after the fashion of the Ink Spots, who became world famous just before World War II.

Around 1950, though, certain R&B vocal groups began moving away from the sweet tones of the Ink Spots' Bill Kenny and toward something much closer to the sanctified shouts of such contemporary gospel groups as the Soul Stirrers, the Pilgrim Trav-elers and the Swan Silvertones. For some in the black community, this was tan-tamount to blasphemy. The new mix of gospel-style singing, sensual R&B rhythms and risque lyrics on such trend-setting records as "Honey Love" by the Drifters and "Work with Me Annie" by the Mid-nighters was as outrageous to conservatives as the rap excesses of 2 Live Crew would be some thirty-five years later.

(When Sam Cooke launched his pop career in 1957 after six years of singing pure gospel with the Soul Stirrers, the schism among his fans was deeper and more permanent even than what happened among Bob Dylan's folk fans after he went electric in 1965.) For young R&B fans, though—blacks and whites—this was electrifying stuff...

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The Modern Records Blues Story (CD) Various: The Modern Records Blues Story (CD) Art-Nr.: CD0613452

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(2003/Fuel 2000-EMI Music Special Markets) 20 Tracks (65:57) with notes by Bill Dahl. - A 'Time Warp' Modern Records label history in Blues and R&B including some rare goodies. - Featuring the awesome 8:43 minutes! guitar medley 'All The...
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Portrait Of A Man And His Woman (CD) Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Portrait Of A Man And His Woman (CD) Art-Nr.: CDFUEL61973

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(2013/Fuel) 12 tracks (42:53) Recorded 1973 in Nashville, surrounded by Music Row country pickers led by Tommy Allsup, Buddy Holl's lead guitarist on 'It's So Easy' but here playing upright bass. - The complete album, finally available...
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An Introduction To Ted Taylor (CD) Ted Taylor: An Introduction To Ted Taylor (CD) Art-Nr.: CD0615722

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(2006/Fuel) 15 tracks (43:57) with notes by Bill Dahl. The legendary 'Jewel' and 'Ronn' labels 195-1973 single masters. - An Introduction to Ted Taylor is a comprehensive look at the soul singer's tenure with the Jewel and Ronn record...
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An Introduction To Charles Brown (CD) Charles Brown: An Introduction To Charles Brown (CD) Art-Nr.: CD0616642

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(2007/Fuel) 14 tracks (47:23) 24 bit mastering, with notes by Bill Dahl. - The 1940s and 1950s masters including the blockbuster 'Drifting Blues, dominating Africa-American jukeboxes in 1946 and climbing to #2 on Billboard's 'Race...
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Willie Dixon - Boss Of The Chicago Blues (CD) Various: Willie Dixon - Boss Of The Chicago Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CD0614972X

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(2001/Fuel) 18 tracks (57:44) 1950s to 1970s. Cutout! - Well-researched and compiled album. An overlook over the influence and collaboration of Willie Dixon, the City's most important blues composer, producer, and bass player. Liner...
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An Introduction To Robert Parker (CD) Robert Parker: An Introduction To Robert Parker (CD) Art-Nr.: CDFUEL61611

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(2006/Fuel) 16 tracks (48:47) the 1960s masters with notes by Bill Dahl. Including: 'Fire On The Bayou', 'Get Ta Steppin', 'Barfootin' a.o.
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An Introduction To... Ivory Joe Hunter: An Introduction To... Art-Nr.: CDFUEL61606

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(2006/FUEL) 16 tracks - Houston ACA Studio sessions 1968.
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