National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll is an unofficial national day celebrated on July 7 by Americans. It’s a day to champion the pioneers that helped change the norms and redirect the history of music. The genre reflected the joy of an emerging youth culture and inspired both black and white artists. Rock ‘n’ Roll music evolved from the beats and lines of about six other popular musical genres. Its creation was one of the factors that shot a lot of American musicians to stardom. Join us as we give a salute to rock music.
History of National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Christina Alexander created the National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 2020 to celebrate the popular musical genre. The origins and history of Rock ‘n’ Roll are a matter of debate among musical historians; however, most agree it draws from African musical tradition and European instrumentation. All versions point to the 50s and ’60s being its formative years, and no matter the history, critics agree that Rock ‘n’ Roll, later known as Rock music, gave birth to legendary greats such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Bono, and Jon Bon Jovi, who have all left their mark.
Rock and roll music came about through the influences of country music and rhythm and blues. Initially, the lead instruments were saxophone or piano. Later, in the 1950s, the guitar took over, and further down the line, two electric guitars were the norm. Even though the genres from which it evolved were predominantly Black Americans, White Americans dominated Rock ‘n’ Roll. The first recorded song was released in 1951, and in 1952, the iconic DJ, Alan Freed, organized the first-ever Rock ‘n’ Roll concert. While the genre was only recognized two years later, in 1954, its cultural impact was far-reaching, affecting fashion, language, attitudes, and lifestyle.
Technological developments at the time also contributed to its rise in popularity, including the electric guitar and drums, the amplifier and microphone, and the 45 rpm record. Independent record labels emerged to change the record industry, and radio stations were keen to play music to hungry listeners. These changes inspired rock musicians to exploit this electronic potential of instruments giving rise to rock bands such as The Beatles (1960), Nirvana (1987), and Queen (1970).
National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll timeline
Maurie Orodenker, a magazine columnist, uses the term Rock ‘n’ Roll to describe upbeat records.
The first Rock 'n' Roll record “Rocket 88” is released.
The first Rock 'n' Roll concert is organized by Alan Freed.
The term Rock 'n' Roll begins to emerge.
It was in the 1960s that Rock 'n' Roll became more organized and recognized internationally as Rock Music.
National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll FAQs
Who actually started rock ‘n’ roll?
As per the history of the genre itself, its original pioneer is disputed. However, Chuck Berry is considered the first.
Who is considered the biggest star in rock ‘n’ roll?
Elvis Presley, also considered the King of Rock n Roll, is regarded as the biggest rock ‘n’ roll star because of his numerous achievements in the genre.
What was the first rock ‘n’ roll band?
Since the first rock ‘n’ roll record was recorded by singer and saxophonist Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats crew, we can say that they are the first rock ‘n’ roll band.
National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll Activities
Play rock records
Make a playlist of your personal top-of-the-charts hits. Once that is done, now rock to the beat and lyrics all day long.
Attend a rock concert
Whether it is a local concert organized by wanna-be rock stars or a big concert, celebrate by going to one. Don’t forget to show up dressed in the appropriate garb.
Share on social media
We love sharing and informing others. Participate by sharing your favorite rock records with friends and family on social media.
5 Facts About Rock 'n' Roll
It keeps evolving
With the advent of technology and other music genres, Rock ‘n’ Roll keeps improving and it remains one of the most popular music genres in America today.
A term with multiple meanings
The term Rock 'n' Roll had multiple meanings before it was adopted as a musical genre.
American Rock 'n' Roll influenced the development of British Rock 'n' Roll.
Many records without writing
Elvis Presley, regarded as the King of Rock 'n' Roll, didn't write any of the over 600 songs he recorded.
Co-founder of the Rolling Stones, guitarist Keith Richards has a collection of about 3,000 guitars.
Why We Love National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll
It sparks the dancer in us
It is almost impossible to listen to rock music and not tap those feet and shake the body. Celebrating this day sparks the dance moves in us, and we love it for that.
It appreciates a popular musical genre
Celebrating the National Day of Rock 'n' Roll allows us to appreciate the ingenuity of Rock music. We also get to honor the many rock bands and stars America has produced.
The music is awesome
The day's celebration is marked with lots of fun and musical concerts. Nothing beats the energy and excitement of a live rock concert.
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