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National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll – July 7, 2023

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

1942
The Earliest Description

Maurie Orodenker, a magazine columnist, uses the term Rock ‘n’ Roll to describe upbeat records.

1951
The First Record

The first Rock 'n' Roll record “Rocket 88” is released.

1952
The First Concert

The first Rock 'n' Roll concert is organized by Alan Freed.

1954
The Classification of This Genre

The term Rock 'n' Roll begins to emerge.

The 1960s
The Evolution Into Rock Music

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  1. 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.

  2. A term with multiple meanings

    The term Rock 'n' Roll had multiple meanings before it was adopted as a musical genre.

  3. Crossing borders

    American Rock 'n' Roll influenced the development of British Rock 'n' Roll.

  4. 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.

  5. Guitar guru

    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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

National Day of Rock ‘n’ Roll dates

YearDateDay
2023July 7Friday
2024July 7Sunday
2025July 7Monday
2026July 7Tuesday
2027July 7Wednesday

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