17 March, 2021

White Music

Posted by Socrates in rock music, Socrates, White music at 4:56 pm | Permanent Link

Buddy Holly & The Crickets, “Peggy Sue.” Notice how they don’t need any fancy lighting or other stage gimmicks.

Buddy Holly and Bill Haley were probably the only top rock acts who didn’t sing Black blues-based rock. Look at the Rolling Stones: totally Black-based. Led Zepp, too. (Of course, the later prog rock wasn’t blues-based, e.g., Jethro Tull, ELP and Yes). Haley pioneered an entirely new genre: rockabilly. And he came along before Elvis or Chuck Berry, making Haley the likely actual godfather of rock. As much as I like Elvis, “he who comes first should wear the crown.”

[Video, 2 minutes].

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