Rock And Roll Music In The 1950's

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When rock and roll music emerged in the 1950’s, it carried a distinctive sound that captured the public’s attention. Stemming from the rhythm of the boogie-woogie blues from the 1930’s, rock and roll was heavily influenced by African Americans and quickly commercialized by white musicians which created the diversification of the genre and what it is today. In many cases people believe rock and roll unfairly robbed black artists of their music and contribution because of musicians such as Elvis Presley who received majority of the credit during the earlier years. In my opinion, I believe rock and roll partially robbed African Americans of their music in terms of initial credit, but that does not mean that white rock and rollers of the 1950’s,…show more content…
Although, eventually many of these black artists got the recognition they deserved later on in their careers or, unfortunately, after their death” (Erika Cox). Racism was certainly a large factor in the unfair ‘robbing’ of black artists and because of this, little to no compensation was given to men like Ike Turner or Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who wrote three songs that were later recorded by Elvis Presley and helped launch his successful career. At the same time, this did not stop African American artists from continuing to write music and gain recognition for their songs in the rock and roll industry. Artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and B.B King enjoyed mainstream success during the 1950’s and aided black rock and roll musicians enter the homes of millions of American teenagers by performing on television shows hosted by Alan Freed, Ed Sullivan, and Dick Clark. “The success of both white and black rock and roll artists and the appropriation of the genre by the youth culture encouraged racial cooperation and shared experience” (Authentic

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