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Rock and roll has been described as a merger of country music and rhythm and bluesbut, if it were that simple, it would have existed long before it burst into the national consciousness. The seeds of the music had been in place for decades, but they flowered in the mids when nourished by a volatile mix of Black culture and white spending power.
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Black vocal groups such as the Dominoes and the Spaniels began combining gospel-style harmonies and call-and-response singing with earthy subject matter and more aggressive rhythm-and-blues rhythms. In that sound coalesced around an image: that of a handsome white singer, Elvis Presleywho sounded like a Black man.
Yet his early recordings with producer Sam Phillipsguitarist Scotty Mooreand bassist Bill Black for in Memphis were less about any one style than about a feeling. Presley was hardly the only artist who embodied this attitude, but he was clearly a catalyst in the merger of Black and white culture into something far bigger and more complex than both. For young white America, this new music was a soundtrack for rebellion, however mild.
By the end of the s, Presley had been inducted into the army, Holly had died in a plane crash, and Little Richard had converted to gospel. By the mids this sophistication allowed the music greater freedom than ever before, and it fragmented into numerous styles that became known simply as rock.
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