"Rock 'n' roll was an inevitable outgrowth of the social and musical interactions between blacks and whites in the South and Southwest. Its roots are a complex tangle. Bedrock black church music influenced blues, rural blues influenced white folk song and the black popular music of the Northern ghettos, blues and black pop influenced jazz, and so on. But the single most important process was the influence of black music on white." - Robert Palmer
The origins of rock and roll have been fiercely debated by fans and historians of music for many years. Almost everyone agrees that it arose in the Southern United States, the region that went on to produce most of the early rock and roll acts. Through the meeting of various influences that embodied a merging of the African musical tradition with European instrumentation rock 'n' roll was born. Let's take a look at the journey rock 'n' roll has been on and pay tribute to the biggest influences and greatest rockstars we have come to know.
Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince was known for his expression of erotic sexual fantasies. The release of his first two (2) albums in 1978 and 1979 respectively, gained him his first top 20 pop hit. His fame grew as his music continued to get top spots on Billboard charts. On April 21, 2016 Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota, the cause of death was due to a drug overdose.
Stevie Nicks is one fifth of the band Fleetwood Mac. In 1981, she released Bella Donna as a solo artiste, which featured guest vocalists Tom Petty and Don Henley. The album reached No.1 on the Billboard chart, and featured the hit singles "Edge of Seventeen" and "Leather and Lace," as well as a duet with Petty called "Stop Draggin My Heart Around."
In 1994, after detoxing from her addictions she released Street Angel, another solo album. As her health improved and she regained energy, Stevie returned to the studio to record new songs for multiple soundtracks. In 1997, Fleetwood Mac reunited and released The Dance. The related tour earned them $36 million.
Die-hard David Bowie fans are bound to remember his performance in The Man Who Fell To Earth. The highly acclaimed movie is best known for Bowie’s performance and the stunning imagery. Here, Bowie sits with the crew, accessorized with a trench coat and fedora hat.