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5 Candidates for the First Rock ‘n’ Roll Song

It’s a question that music historians have been fighting over for decades: What was the first rock ‘n’ roll song? Gold record image via Shutterstock Though commercially successful singles like Bill Haley & The Comets’ “Rock Around The Clock” (1954), Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” (1955) and Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” (1956) were among the songs that popularized [...]

The Late Movies: The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test was a BBC TV show featuring live music. It ran from 1971 through 1988 on BBC2, and many performances are now collected on YouTube — I’ll show you some favorites below. But what the heck does “Old Grey Whistle Test” mean? According to host Bob Harris, the name comes from: … [...]