Riley SpringMrs.MooneyhanHistory of Rock and Roll15 December 2017Rock and Roll Final The History of Rock and Roll all started with the blues. Muddy Waters was one of the most influential people to have ever been in the blues industry. While he was a sharecropper Waters taught himself how to play the guitar by listening to recordings of Charley Patton, which happens to be one of the people that Waters looked up to. After a lot of practice Waters became very good, and recorded his first songs “Can’t be Satisfied” and “Feel like going Home”. These were popular, however his song “I’m your Hoochie Coochie Man” defined Chicago blues for the rest of time. Not only did his music impact America, but he also made electric blues popular in England. Waters was later recognized for his talent by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Muddy Waters influenced many artist such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter. After blues music, came folk rock. Bob Dylan is arguably the biggest folk rock star. He found his love for music while in college playing in local coffee shops. In 1961 he signed his first recording contract and became very popular very quickly. His music was inspired by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. However his idol was Woody Guthrie, Dylan even wrote a song called “Song to Woody” while Woody’s health declined.
What made Dylan very unique was his gravelly voiced singing style. He did not always stick to folk, at one point he tried to go electric, however his fans booed him off the stage. This did not stop Dylan though, he continued to bring the world of music and literature together.
Later receiving a Kennedy Center Honor. Hard Rock was very different from folk rock, just like Ozzy Osbourne was very different from everyone else. Ozzy had a troubled childhood, from dropping out of school, to committing many crimes. He was in jail for awhile which is when he realized his passion for music. As soon as he got out he formed a band called “Earth”, which they later renamed “Black Sabbath”. They released multiple charting songs such as “War Pigs” and “Iron Man”.
Ozzy’s constant use of drugs and alcohol is what led this band to its downfall. However Ozzy continued on his career in the acting industry with his family’s reality TV show, and continued to have a following by relating to the troubled loners and angry rebels. Glam Rock was perfect for David Bowe, who loved to wear exoctic things and wear lots of makeup. Bowe was influenced by his older brother who introduced Bowe to rock music and beat literature. Bowe put in a lot of work and finally released his first big hit called “A Space Odyssey”.
Later in his career he claimed to be a new person whom he called “Ziggy Stardust”. This “other person” acted very different from David. Most people believe “Ziggy” was made up due to drugs. After a while Bowe went back to being himself and began to become even more famous. He began working with John Lennon which led to Bowe’s first American number one charted song “Fame”.
Bowe influenced many such as The Rolling Stones, Kanye West and Madonna. Due to all his success he was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Next up is Funk, and one of the most famous people related to funk music is Prince. Prince taught himself how to play the drums, guitar and piano at an early age. In his early years he started a band called Revolution, who later wrote the hit song “Purple Rain”. This was a huge success, however Prince wanted to work alone, which was exactly what he did. While he was alone he released one of the most popular albums of his called “Sing O’ The Times”. This album gave him the opportunity to sign with Warner Bro’s which only added on to his success.
Prince influenced many artist such as Beyonce and Alicia Keys, and was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Diana Ross is the face of disco, which is our next topic. Diana’s very first group she was apart of was very successful, called “The Supremes”. This group became the American vocal group with the most billboard chart toppers in history.
Even with all the success this group gave Diana, she decided to go on by herself. While she was working on her own she added acting to her list of many talents, starring in the film “Lady Sings the Blues”. Over all the years Diana influenced many people and won many awards. Including a Golden Globe, a Tony and received a Presidential Honor from former President Barack Obama. Punk music was another genre that was very different from what people were used to listening to. Blink-182 was a very popular punk band.
They first found their passion for music and performing at church camp. They gained their fame by indie recordings, frequent performances at festivals and clubs, and their appearance at Vans Warped Tour. They were mainly influenced by NOFX, Pennywise and Bad Religion. However Blink-182 also influenced many people themselves, including Fall Out Boy and Paramore. They had many hits but some of their most popular ones were “What’s My Age Again?” and “All the Small Things”, all on the same album called “Enema of the State”. Duran Duran was one of the most popular New Wave bands. They were considered to be one of the biggest music acts in the 1980’s. They were not only popular in America but also in Britain.
They broke the British charts with their single “Planet Earth”. What made them unique was their controversial music videos, however a lot of people were not big fans of their inappropriate music videos. Their first huge hit in the states was “Hungry like a Wolf”. Their fan base was so crazy and devoted, people started comparing them to Beatlemania. Grunge is a genre most people want to forget about, because of all the dark topics that come with it.
This is true for grunge artist Courtney Love. Love first joined an all female punk trio called “Sugar Baby Doll”. However she was later kicked out of this band due to her drug and alcohol obsession.
She then moved to Los Angeles and became a better artist forming her own band called “Hole”. This band’s first successful hits were “Dicknail” and “Retard Girl”. Love claims that her main influence was Michael Stipe. However it was not until Love married Kurt Cobain that she began to take music more seriously. After Kurt died she went on a world tour with her most successful album “Celebrity Skin”. Today it seems that the most listened to music is hip hop/rap amongst the younger generation.
Drake being one of the most popular rap artist right now, has acquired a lot of fame throughout the past couple of years. Drake grew up with music in his blood, his dad was the drummer for the famous rock and roll artist Jerry Lee Lewis. However, Drake did not start in the music industry, instead he got his first glimpse of fame throughout starring on the TV show Degrassi. Once he got tired of acting he pursued music, releasing his first mixtape in 2006 called “Room for Improvement”. This was not his most popular but was still good enough for him to form a fan base.
His next album in 2007 was his real start to stardom featuring his first hit single called “Replacement Girl”. After that album he became really well known, leading Lil Wayne to call Drake and ask him to go on tour with him. With Lil Wayne he created his first billboard chart album called “So Far Gone” with very successful singles such as “Best I Ever Had”. As of now Drake is one the most influential artists of our generation, and I believe he will continue to be throughout the next decade.Sources: https://www.biography.com/