Weekend Kickoff Six!

It's the freakin' weekend! Let's kick it off right with some great tunes!

Chuck... Berry is on Top!

Chuck... Berry is on Top!

Chuck Berry is the best.

Period. End of story. With that, I'll see you all next week!

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Just kidding! Not about Chuck Berry though. He really is the best.

You can't go wrong picking any Chuck Berry record but I think "Berry is on Top" from 1959 is a great place to start. Some rightfully recognizable tracks include "Carol," "Maybellene," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Roll Over Beethoven."

As far as I'm concerned, Chuck invented both kinds of music. As in, rock as well as roll. His songs are highly concentrated two and half minute bangers. I dare you not to shake your rump when Chuck Berry is playing. It's impossible isn't it?

 

What's difference between Rock'n'Roll and Rockabilly?

Here we are chatting about the inventor of Rock and Roll and that begs the question: what's up with all these old genres!?

To start off: both Rock'n'Roll and Rockabilly are both fantastic. There could be some argument here, but to my understanding Rockabilly is a subgenre of Rock'n'Roll and includes artists like Gene Vincent with songs like "Be-Bop-a-Lula."

 

Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-a-Lula

Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-a-Lula

That's another great record I highly recommend.

Gene Vincent goes hand-in-hand with Eddie Cochran, both of whom were key influences for another of my all time favorite bands/guitar players and true rockabilly torch-bearers: Stray Cats/Brian Setzer. The Stray Cats are actually Rockabilly Revival! They were doing their thing the 80s!

So, what about Rock'n'Roll?

I would call it a subgenre of the even larger category "Rock." Rock now incorporates MANY types of music usually involving guitars (often electric). When I say Rock and Roll I'm normally referring to American music from the 50s but there is some disagreement! Motorhead and AC/DC often refer to themselves as Rock and Roll! Lemmy and the Young brothers are definitely paying homage to the 50s and who am I to tell them what to call their bands!? Someone else might categorize them as Hard Rock or something but I personally love the reference to the good ol' days so I will expand my definition a bit!

Rockabilly, Rock'n'Roll, and Rock = Good, Great, and Fantastic. Simple as that!

I hope this post turns y'all on to some killer tunes!

Have a great weekend!

Ralph