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  1. The first EVER rock n’ roll song Is by Big Joe Turner: "Roll’em Pete". The year? 1938!!!

  2. Soo good

  3. Wow! very 1st rock and roll song ever recorded. Born and raised in America…..

  4. Gameboytree3 Gaming December 10, 2020 @ 9:27 pm

    i just found this from my local Roblox myth

  5. First distorted guitar song

  6. Happy birthday to the legendary Ike Turner who was born November 5, 1931. B.B. King said Ike was the best bandleader he ever saw. Ike played piano on his early records. Ike also backed Howlin’ Wolf and Otis Rush. Ike a talent scout for Sun Records and Modern Records. He discovered and recorded many legendary blues musicians. Little Richard said he was inspired to play piano after he heard Ike’s intro on "Rocket 88." Little Richard wrote the introduction to Ike’s autobiography. A documentary film exploring his career is overdue.

  7. The first rock song is about the first muscle car, and both are shot down by naysayers.

  8. Too funny to hear him sing about his "Rocket 88". That’s an Oldsmobile model "Rocket 88" with a big V8 in it. My Dad had one in the mid-60’s and it was the best car for passing on the highway I’ve ever been in. It went from 65 mph to 95 mph in just a few seconds and "rocketed" you past the slower car in front of you. I remember it had a little red needle you could set on the speedometer that would buzz if you hit. I drove it a few times and it seemed to buzz all the time. You’d think you were doing 65 and you’d be doing 85 without that buzzer being set lower to alert you. Very smooth, very fast car.

  9. we invented american culture

  10. It all started here

  11. This is good. " Caddilac boogie" was before this.

  12. Black guy singing about a car.

    Nah it’ll never catch on.

  13. This is first generation rock ‘n roll, late 1940s through early 1950s. Unloading their gear for a gig, Ike and the Kings dropped the guitar amp. The beautiful gritty guitar sound you hear, that’s the damage. That’s pure rock ‘n roll. But "…the first rock ‘n roll song"…? Honestly, truly, rock ‘n roll had been played for a while already on The Chitlin Circuit. It was a hybrid of Delta Blues, Gospel, and combo jazz. The Big Jazz Bands had to split up when the depression made it impossible to support the large groups. Louis Jordan’s Tympani Five epitomize the adaptation of the combos through the War years; lots of their tunes sound like rock ‘n roll. Many trios and quartets could find work playing jazzy Blues to small town African Americans along a circuit from West Texas to Norfolk. The small combos had to keep ’em dancin and discovered the more aggressive, Jump-Blues-based electric guitar and drums combos did really well. Chuck Berry, Ike Turner, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Joe Turner, Big Mamma Thornton, Little Richard…and so many others were playing rock ‘n roll by the end of the depression, through WW II, but especially shaping rock in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis recorded a lot of the pre-crossover rock, including Howlin Wolf, before the white musicians began emulating it. Rock ‘a Billy was emerging in the early 1950s and Sam Phillips saw the market that could support Black rock ‘n roll was the white teens. He sustained African American urban Blues and rock ‘n roll by facilitating the white crossover. Unfortunately, Black musicians never got their fair share of the money. White supremacy and institutionalized racism pushed the lucrative business into white entities. Musical genius Chuck Berry’s career was ruined by the racist press, racist record companies, and racist criminal justice system which was slavery and terror lynching by another name. "Hail, hail, rock ‘n roll!" -Doug Pratt, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

  14. I concur: the FIRST rock song

  15. This is Rhythm and Blues, not rock music.

  16. Ike Turner was a deeply flawed person, but he stands among the founders of Rock and Roll.

  17. They altered controversial lyrics in this song even today and I don’t understand why. In some cases only the written translation for the lyrics are changed, in other cases the words being sung in the song are substantially changed, presumably to clean the song up. Other artists’ variations of this song make it even more muddled. The true lyrics:
    Goin’ round the corner and get a flip
    Everybody in my car’s gonna take a little nip
    Move on out. Boozin’ and cruisin’ along!

  18. I say Louis Jordan’s "Saturday Night Fish Fry" (1949) was the first Rock n Roll song, but the argument really is neither here nor there.ย  What cannot be argued is Bettie Page!

  19. โœ‹! The Spider Character on the movie was actually Raymond Hill Tina Turner’ first child dad. Ike broke Raymond’s jaw for mistreating her and the child. Even Tina stated the movie exaggerated for dramatic effects.

  20. Lost in the Universal vault fire of 2008. The master for this song went up in smoke. ๐Ÿ™

  21. " I beats on Tina in my 88, she leff my ass and she’s doin great !"

  22. Not Bill Moore (1948) singing about Rock n Roll? With a heavy backbeat??

  23. Sounds like good golly ms molly

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    IKE๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿ†โญ
    QUEENS NY T0 TN.
    INTERNATI0NAL
    GL0BAL๐ŸŒ
    KING 0F
    R0CK AND R0LL
    TIMELESS
    MASTERPIECE
    R0CK & R0LL
    CLASSIC
    AWES0ME
    R0CKET 88
    โญโญโญโญโญ๐ŸŽค
    P.S.
    C0ND0LENCE
    T0 IKE’S FANS
    FAMILY FRIENDS
    SPECTAT0RS
    KEEP HIS MUSIC
    LEGACY ALIVE
    MISS Y0U MUCH
    IZEAR TURNER
    SWEET DREAMS

  25. America at its finest 60s booooooooyyyyy!!!!!!

  26. Saw a 54 rocket 88 olds today

  27. Akram blues rocker December 10, 2020 @ 9:53 pm

    When breaking your amp on your way to the show changes music history

  28. I love his voice and delivery

  29. M. Martรญnez December 10, 2020 @ 9:54 pm

    2020?

  30. This is awesome!

  31. Released in April 1951…got to #1 on the R&B charts on June 9, 1951…and stayed there for 3 weeks. It was also the most played R&B song of 1951.The song is one of the contenders for the "first rock’n’roll records…along with ""The Fat Man" by Fats Domino from December 1949…and other recordings.

  32. True Genius, Still Rockin in 2020!!! Defining R&R!!!

  33. Why is it called rocket 88

  34. I was born in 1942 in England, so I did not have a good start, but I have had a good finish since 1957 when Elvis, Jerry Lee and Carl Perkins busted their way into my life, since then I have had the chance to delve deeper into the musical foundations of rock ‘n’ roll, thus my reasons for being here and agreeing with the widely held opinion that this is the very first rock ‘n’ roll record.

  35. Richard Land HOOVER December 10, 2020 @ 10:01 pm

    976 I LIKE IKE

  36. Best ever rock n Roll song

  37. Walking bass boogie, with some awesome licks et voila, rock and roll. Imagine what music wouldnโ€™t be without Mr Ike Turner. The world of music owes him a huge debt of gratitude. He changed the face of music.

  38. I believe ROCK ‘N’ ROLL was first done in the 1940s, if not the 30s. โ€” Anyway, here’s something interesting:๐Ÿ‘‡
    This is an excerpt from the article, "Will the creator of modern music please stand up?"๐Ÿ‘‡ โ€” Go to TheGuardian dot com for full article.

    The most widely held belief is that the first rock’n’roll single was 1951’s Rocket 88, written by Ike Turner, sung by Jackie Brenston (the saxophone player from Turner’s backing band The Kings of Rhythm), and recorded by Sam Phillips, who later went on to found Sun records and discover Elvis Presley. "I’ve had this argument with many many people over the years, but when people talk about rock’n’roll, my own personal view would be Rocket 88," says Wildcat Pete, who has been a rock’n’roll DJ since his schooldays in the mid-50s, and has the sort of phlegmatic manner that presumably comes with a lifetime spent playing records to audiences of baying teds. "Why? Nobody knows why. It’s a chicken and egg situation."โž–โž–

  39. Louis Jordon deserve his dues as the father of the big beat

  40. Move It On Over by Hank William’s is 4 years older

  41. Slettbakk Productions December 10, 2020 @ 10:12 pm

    I came here for the first rock song but I found jazz

  42. This is intro of Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard…

  43. Early rock and roll indeed

  44. ๐ŸŽธ Rock and Roll

  45. 0:43 Wasn’t expecting that…

  46. Blow that horn Daddy

  47. This song only gets better with time. A true classic.

  48. Ike Turner was a Legend and one of the Rock and Roll Architects in the 50โ€™s and 60โ€™s regardless of what anybody think about him. R.I.P. Mr. Ike Turner, you are rememberedโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿฆฒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  49. Sorry but, IS THAT BETTIE PAGE LMFAO?

  50. This song is so life-affirming! <3 <3 <3

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