You could be asking yourself when precisely did rock/pop music start? There is no clear answer to this. Some may say that it began with the advent of rock n roll with Bill Haley and the Comets in 1952. Other folks would say Elvis, despite the fact that not the very first but certainly the original genuinely worldwide superstar. But none of these have been genuinely the very first. Rock n roll has its roots in blues which has its roots back to the 19th century with black immigrants attempting to escape from their slave driven lives. Rapid forward to the early 20th. century and some of the earliest recordings on 78 started to seem. Players from this time such as Bobby Jo and Robert Johnson helped to kind the structure of early blues
Robert Johnson had recorded only thirty songs in the course of his brief life as he was prevented from reaching correct fame whilst alive by becoming poisoned by a jealous husband. He died shortly just before he was becoming sought to seem at the ‘Spirituals To Swing’ concert in 1938 by record producer John Hammond. As a outcome, his reputation only took off soon after Hammond released an album of his recordings for Columbia in the early sixties. Later blues exponents like Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton admitted borrowing heavily from these early stalwarts.
In the 50’s, artists took the standard blues style and utilized electric guitars, drums and double bass for the very first time producing early rock n roll, later identified as rockabilly. Stalwarts like Chuck Berry, Buddy Hollie and Jerry Lee Lewis have been the most well-known protagonists right here. Later Elvis in the US and to a lesser extent, Cliff Richard (later major the Shadows) in the UK brought rock n roll to a genuinely worldwide audience. This paved the way for the 60’s beat era which could be thought of the correct starting of pop music as we know it right now, absolutely as far as bands have been concerned.
In the 50’s and early 60’s, it was largely lead solo artists with just a backing band. With the advent of the beat era, bands dominated with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys from the US taking the planet by storm. Even so, The Beatles later admitted becoming heavily influenced by these earlier rock n roll and blues artists. They largely played rock n roll and blues covers at their pre-fame Hamburg concerts. in the early 60’s. The Beatles on the other hand, have been the very first band to effectively blend classical music textures with rock n roll to kind completely crafted pop songs. Although bands like The Rolling Stones continued with the mostly rock n roll theme,
The Beatles took their finely crafted style additional in the seminal album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in 1967 by using new studio procedures and instruments never ever utilized just before. They utilized a new instrument known as ‘the Melotron’ This was fundamentally a keyboard which played looped tape recordings. of true instruments. The most well-known sound from this was possibly the flute utilized on the ‘Strawberry Fields’ single recorded at the very same time but later dropped from the album. The Melotron although, was cumbersome and unreliable and had a rather grainy sound. Even so It was regarded as the forerunner of the electronic sampler, invented almost 20 years later. Infinitely extra versatile than the Melotron, the sampler helped make the framework for modern day pop,dance and R&B music.
The Beatles ‘Sgt.. Pepper’ album with its groundbreaking recording procedures was preceded the year just before by their ‘Revolver’ album. These LP’s helped popularize a new wave in music identified as psychedelic or acid rock, named soon after the thoughts bending effects of LSD drugs. Pink Floyd also recorded their debut album ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ in the studio subsequent door at the very same time that The Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper. It was reported that Pink Floyd have been a direct influence to The Beatles as a outcome. This new style incorporated new guitar effects like Fuzz, flanger anger and delays. These have been utilized along side the earliest transportable synthesizers such as the therein and mini Moog. invented by Bob Moog.
In America, the Beach boys responded with the ‘Pet sounds’ LP in 1966 and later that year released the very first major psychedelic hit ‘Good Vibrations’. About this time, the band ‘Jefferson Airplane’ recorded their debut album which was also the very first LP to come out of the new San Franciscan music scene. This got the record industry’s consideration and they had two of the earliest psychedelic hits ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody to Love’ in 1967.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Jim Morrison joined with members of The Psychedelic Rangers and Rick and the Ravens to kind ‘The Doors’ They have been initially turned down by Columbia but have been signed to Electra Records and released their self titled debut LP in 1967. The album integrated the 7 minute extended hit single ‘Light my Fire’ 1 of the very first to break the common 3 minute pop and rock song barrier.
Back in Britain, radio broadcasting was really restricted for the reason that the BBC have been the only organization permitted to broadcast on the mainland and had just two pop music shows The Saturday club and Uncomplicated Beat Radio Luxembourg partially filled the gap but it was left to pirate radio, broadcast from ships out at sea with DJ John Peel’ which enabled the new style to attain a mass audience, normally eclipsing the BBC in reputation. The BBC responded in the finish with the advent of Radio 1 in June 1967. With the current labor government creating pirate radio illegal in Britain various months later, Du’s like John Peel rather than threat arrest joined radio 1 which had a significantly extra informal and relaxed style as opposed to the staid and conservative strategy favored by the BBC till then. This completely suited psychedelic pop and rock and John Peel championed this in his late evening shows. playing new genres of music and introducing new and unsigned bands in the Peel sessions. He did this for almost 4 decades till his death in 2004.
By the finish of the 60’s soon after the break up of the beatles, mainstream music was about to alter path however once more each in style and style.