A Concise History of Rock and Pop Music

You might be asking yourself when precisely did rock/ pop music start? There is no clear answer to this. Some may say that it started with the debut of rock n roll with Bill Haley and the Comets at 1952. Others might say Elvis, but maybe not the first but definitely the first truly international star. Yet not one of them was actually the first. Rock n roll has its own origins in blues that has its origins back into the 19th century together with black immigrants hoping to escape out of their servant driven lives. Fast forward to the early 20th. Century and a few of the earliest records on 78 started to appear. Players from this time like Bobby Jo and Robert Johnson helped to form the construction of early blues


Robert Johnson had listed just thirty tunes during his short life as he had been prevented by attaining true fame while living by being chased by a jealous husband. He died shortly before he was being hunted to appear at the ‘Spirituals To Swing’ concert in 1938 by album producer John Hammond. Because of this, his standing just took off after Hammond published a record of his own recordings for Columbia in the early twenties. Later blues exponents such as Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton confessed borrowing heavily from those early stalwarts.
From the 50’s, artists took the basic blues design and used electric guitars, drums and double bass for your first time producing early rock n roll, afterwards called rockabilly. Stalwarts such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Hollie and Jerry Lee Lewis would be the Most Well-known protagonists here. Afterwards Elvis in the united states and to a lesser extent, Cliff Richard (later leading the Shadows) from the UK attracted rock n roll to a truly global audience. This paved the way for its 60’s beat age that might be considered the real start of pop music as we know it now, certainly so much as bands have been worried.