Various Artists

Rock & Roll, Vol. 5: 1949

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To discover the origins of rock & roll, one has to return to the music of the 1930s and '40s, when the blues and rhythm & blues ruled the airwaves. The musical geniuses of these genres were primarily African American, although a few Anglo artists crossed over into the earthy music played in dance halls and on the radio. Few of these artists cashed in like their spiritual descendants a generation later. Nonetheless, they have left a legacy in song of their rich tradition. This 2001 CD is part of a series that traces the colorful history of rock & roll to its source. Making an appearance are New Orleans R&B giants Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. Other well-known artists include B.B. King, Wynonie Harris, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Louis Jordan, Champion Jack Dupree, and the Sons of the Pioneers. But have you been introduced to Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup singing "Shout Sister Shout," Little Jimmy Dickens doing "Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed," Moon Mullican crooning "Ain't Gettin' No Grindin'," or Tommy Mooney performing the "Marijuana Boogie"? These and many other gems have been culled for the listener's edification and enjoyment on volume five of this series.

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