Listen to the podcast. For more in the series, and podcasts with clips, go to ft. Manage cookies. Life of a Song Arts. David Cheal November 13, Reuse this content opens in new window. Promoted Content. Close drawer menu Financial Times International Edition. Search the FT Search. World Show more World. Still, the distortion and the central place of the guitar in the overall sound certainly anticipate key features of rock style. Ike Turner himself said, in an interview with Holger Petersen : .
I don't think that "Rocket 88" is rock'n'roll. Sam Phillips got Dewey Phillips to play "Rocket 88" on his program — and this is like the first black record to be played on a white radio station — and, man, all the white kids broke out to the record shops to buy it. So that's when Sam Phillips got the idea, "Well, man, if I get me a white boy to sound like a black boy, then I got me a gold mine", which is the truth. A second version of "Rocket 88" was recorded by the then- country music group Bill Haley and the Saddlemen who would later rename themselves The Comets at a recording session on June 14, , after Turner recorded his version.
Haley's recording was a regional hit in the northeast United States and started Haley along the musical road which led to his own impact on popular music with " Rock Around the Clock " in Upright bass player Marshall Lytle commented on his playing on this recording.
Since we didn't have any amplification, I slapped it so hard the neck had big grooves in it. Bill liked it loud, so he'd scream, 'Play loud! No matter which version deserves the accolade, "Rocket 88" is seen as a prototype rock and roll song in musical style and lineup, as well as its lyrical theme, in which an automobile serves as a metaphor for sexual prowess. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Song first recorded by Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner in This article is about the song. For other uses, see Rocket 88 disambiguation.
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