Rock 'n' Roll 101: Intro to Dad's Music Collection

Mount Rushmore, Part 2

Even though Little Richard is from Georgia, I always think of his music as being New Orleans music. His early hits from 1955 and 1956 were all recorded there, with an absolute Hall of Fame backing band [not his regular touring band], featuring Lee Allen and Red Tyler on sax, Edgar Blanchard or Ernest McLean on guitar, and the mighty Earl Palmer on drums. [Note: I'm including Slippin' and Slidin' mainly because he stole it from Eddie Bo. Love Eddie Bo... He once told me a great story about how he came to get credit as a co-writer.] Okay stop reading now and listen.

Mount Rushmore, Part 1

In no particular order, here are the four artists on my own 1950s Rock 'n' Roll Mount Rushmore. Part 1 is Chuck Berry. Listen carefully. There will be a quiz.

P.S. In 1977, NASA launched a pair of spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, towards the star AC+79 3888 in the Ophiuchus constellation. Each was loaded with artifacts representing many aspects of Earth civilization, including a recording of Johnny B. Goode.