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THIS IS WHAT ROCK SOUNDED LIKE IN ITS 1938 INFANCY

Just don't expect rubber masks, double bass pedals and bloodshot eyes, alright?

There's always been a long-standing debate over who first formed the power of rock and roll. Heck, it even goes back to the early 1900s, where rhythm and blues musicians were finding ground within experimental limits. That's where some rather interesting songs were practised and performed, and, without even knowing it – originating the birth of an almighty genre that has travelled leaps and bounds since.


But, what did R&R sound like way back then? Well, I'll show you. Just don't expect wild crowds, swinging fists and sweaty teens, alright?


YOU MIGHT BE DISAPPOINTED.


As I said, there's always been a strong debate over what the first official rock and roll song was. But, saying that – this is a strong contender, and is believed to be the track that formed a complete shift in musical experimentation. And, from here, iconic musicians stepped up to the plate and soon developed a sound that most of us know today.


But – as for 1938, Big Joe Turner and his game-changer track "Roll 'Em Pete" was what truly set the stage for many great performances to come.


What do you think? Would you have bopped to this one in your lapels?



There's no denying that the war over who built what empire will continue to bustle over the years to come. But, for now – this is what we're serving – so take it or leave it, punk.


Oh, but since you're here – why not drop a comment below and share your first R&R track? We've given you a history lesson, so why not let us know the song that first ignited your love for rock and roll?


Take it away, Big Joe – you legend.


Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr.

18th May 1911 – 24th November 1985



– Jord Tury

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