Rock n Roll (123 Artists) – 2 of 23 Genres

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Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll, rock ‘n’ roll, or rock ‘n roll) is a genre of popular music that evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s. It originated from black American music such as gospel, jump blues, jazz, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, as well as country music.

123 Links to Rock n Roll Artists:

Aerosmith
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Aerosmith. “Dream On” Post 38. Steven Tyler (third from left) is their famous lead singer. (https://youtu.be/89dGC8de0CA) (RQ 10).

Len Barry
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Barry, Len (& The Dovells). “Can’t Sit Down” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/7NDLzm6Z4Tk) (RQ 10).

Bee Gees
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Bee Gees. “Stayin Alive” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/fNFzfwLM72c) (RQ 10).

Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
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Bennett, Joe (& The Sparkletones). “Black Slakes” Post 12. (https://youtu.be/ZQKxketbUDg).

Brook Benton
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Benton, Brook. “Its Just a Matter of Time” Post 12. (https://youtu.be/gVpaXi5kuXA).

Chuck Berry
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Berry, Chuck. “Johnny B. Goode” Posts 1 & 36 (https://youtu.be/6ROwVrF0Ceg) (RQ 7).

Bill Black
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Black, Bill. “Stand up bass for Elvis” Post 19. (https://youtu.be/L-i0VZ1fMfY).

Stephanie Block
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Block, Stephanie. “I Found Someone” Post 38. (https://youtu.be/AeQ4-8Kcwwo).

Mike Bloomfield
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Bloomfield, Mike. (Electric Flag) “Over Lovin You” Post 6. (https://youtu.be/KRWgtYtrrj8).

Blue Cheer
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Blue Cheer. “Summertime Blues” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/as1NcX31szs) (RQ 8).

Canned Heat
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Canned Heat. “On the Road Again, Going Up Country” Posts 12 & 51 (https://youtu.be/qRKNw477onU) (RQ 9).

Gene Chandler
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Chandler, Gene. “Duke of Earl” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/h6Uht69h8Is) (RQ 10).

Chubby Checker
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Checker, Chubby. “The Twist” Posts 30, 33 & 54 (https://youtu.be/im9XuJJXylw) (RQ 8).

Dee Clark
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Clark, Dee. “Hey Little Girl” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/5BWoeFOA-Hw) (RQ 9).

Mary Clayton
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Clayton, Mary. Rolling Stones sit in. “Gimmie Shelter” Post 12. (https://youtu.be/8kl6q_9qZOs).

Joe Cocker
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Cocker, Joe. “With a Little Help From My Friends” Post 51 (https://youtu.be/nCrlyX6XbTU) (RQ 10).

Country Joe & The Fish
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Country Joe & The Fish. “Thing Called Love” Post 51. (https://youtu.be/3H–nJh5fog).

Cream
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Cream. “Sunshine of Your Love” Post 12 (https://youtu.be/zt51rITH3EA) (RQ 9).

Danny & The Juniors
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Danny & The Juniors At the Hop (The Swing) 36 & 54 (https://youtu.be/SEPvoNA1OGw) (RQ 9).

Megan Danielle
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Danielle, Megan. (18 yrs old) “Simple Man” Post 37. (https://youtu.be/IPXmozPd_CE).

Dave Clark Five
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Dave Clark Five. “Glad All Over” Post 12 (https://youtu.be/vzarjpK55_o) (RQ 10).

Bobby Day
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Day, Bobby (& His Satillites). “Rockin Robin” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/uLF3YZIjucs) (RQ 10).

Deep Purple
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Deep Purple. “Hush” Post 12 (https://youtu.be/E2vxVyosi18) (RQ 9).

Bo Diddley
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Diddley, Bo. “Sixteen Tons” Post 12 (https://youtu.be/PYhksl4_ylA) (RQ 9).

Dion & The Belmonts
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Dion & The Belmonts. “Runaround Sue” Post 51 (https://youtu.be/nFch8vH81ks) (RQ 10).

Diana Divine
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Divine, Diana. “Walking the Dog” Post 54. (https://youtu.be/n4fX2zQ2Jp0).

Fats Domino
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Domino, Fats. “Blueberry Hill” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/VaWvbJSjAko) (RQ 10).

Bob Dylan
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Dylan, Bob. “Greatest Hits, Like a Rolling Stone” Posts 30, 33, 38 & 56 (https://youtu.be/kHjzuqq3b44) (RQ 10).

Everly Brothers
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Everly Brothers. “Bye Bye Love” Post 1. (https://youtu.be/OTkuNm_ZxU0), “Wake Up Little Suzie” Post 1 (https://youtu.be/xCbcC9YV5es) (RQ 10).

John Fogerty
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Fogerty, John (CCR). “Greatest Hits” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/ztanaIurqyA) (RQ 10).

D.J. Fontana
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Fontana, D. J. (Sound Engineer) “Hound Dog” Post 19 (https://youtu.be/-eHJ12Vhpyc).

John Fred
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Fred, John (& His Playboy Band). “Judy in Disguise” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/Biu95fyvmLI) (RQ 10).

Jimmy Gilmore
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Gilmore, Jimmy (& His Fireballs). “Sugar Shack” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/oFj8axEWl-8) (RQ 10).

Courtney Hadwin
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Hadwin, Courtney (15 yrs old) “Hard to Handle” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/isenOpynNYU) (RQ 8).

Bill Haley & His Comets
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Haley, Bill (& His Comets). “Rock Around the Clock & Shake, Raddle & Roll” Posts 29 & 33 (https://youtu.be/UuWatqr-82M) (RQ 10).

Dale Dawkins
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Hawkins, Dale. “Suzie Q” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/fxxWkyKqxBQ) (RQ 10).

Jimi Hendrix
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Hendrix, Jimi. “Purple Haze” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/cJunCsrhJjg) (RQ 8).

Don Henley
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Henley, Don. “All She Wants to Do is Dance” Post 56. A member of the Eagles. (https://youtu.be/wFBHBSPvZbw) (RQ 10).

Buddy Holly
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Holly, Buddy. “Greatest Hits” Post 56. On February 3, 1959 Buddy (22 yrs old) along with the Big Bopper (28 yrs old) and Richie Valens (17 yrs old) were killed in a small plane in Mason City, Iowa. (https://youtu.be/nhxWFyBdeB8) (RQ 9).

Julianne & Derek Hough
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Hough, Julianne & Derek. “Dance to Great Balls of Fire (Jive)” Post 54 (https://youtu.be/7KChBpxOA1M) (RQ 9).

Dax Hovious
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Hovious, Dax. (15 yrs old) “Blue Suede Shoes” Post 37 (https://youtube.com/watch?v=4Ejj7j1fIz8&feature=share).

Iron Butterfly
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Iron Butterfly. “In A Gadda Da Vida” Posts 33 & 35 (https://youtu.be/XugIsZbTFy0) (RQ 10).

Isley Brothers
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Isley Brothers. “Shout” Posts 36 & 38 (https://youtu.be/DPVf01jXL7M) (RQ 10).

Michael Jackson
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Jackson, Michael. “Billy Jean” Post 56. Michael died on June 25, 2009 from sedatives and propofol administered by his physician Conrad Murray that caused a cardiac arrest at 50 years old. Murray was also negligent in a 30 minute delay of calling 911. He was charged for involuntary manslaughter for this crime. He only served two years of a four year sentence. (https://youtu.be/Zi_XLOBDo_Y) (RQ 10+).

Jefferson Airplane
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Grace Slick
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Jefferson Airplane. “White Rabbit” Post 51. Grace Slick, their lead singer, headed the group. (https://youtu.be/pnJM_jC7j_4) (RQ 10).

Damita Jo
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Jo, Damita. “I’ll Save the Last Dance for You” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/v4xm9GrU0FY) (RQ 10).

Glyn Johns
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Johns, Glyn (studio engineer). For The Rolling Stones, etc. Post 19. (https://youtu.be/ge28VPi8Z_A).

Keef Hardley Band
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Keef Hardley Band. “Rock Me Baby” Post 51. (https://youtu.be/mc8-QXY4SdA).

B.B.King
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King, B. B. “The Thrill is Gone” Post 30 (https://youtu.be/kpC69qIe02E) (RQ 10).

Led Zepplin
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Jimmy Page
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Led Zepplin. “Whole Lotta Love” Post 22. Their lead guitarist, Jimmy Page, was listed No3 behind Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton by Rollingstone. (https://youtu.be/_qwG4k) (RQ 9).

Gary Lewis & The Playboys
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Lewis, Gary (& The Playboys). “This Diamond Ring” Post 30 (https://youtu.be/xfEdQUxEh9g) (RQ 10).

Jerry Lee Lewis
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Lewis, Jerry Lee. “Whole Lotta Shakin Going On” Posts 29 & 33 (https://.be/GN8VV8CHnrk) (RQ 10).

Shirley Lewis
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Lewis, Shirley. “I Hear You Knocking” Post 51 (https://youtu.be/pIjDUIFORlw) (RQ 9).

Little Richard
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Little Richard. “Lucille, Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally” Posts 29, 33, 36 & 56 (https://youtu.be/TuoUVTvYlwM) (RQ 10).

Love
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Love. “My Little Red Book” Post 6. (https://youtu.be/z7SFpxWpcOw).

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Marley, Bob. “Is This Love” Post 56. Bob died from acral lentiginous melanoma on May 11, 1981. He was only 36 years old. (https://youtu.be/69RdQFDuYPI) (RQ 10).

Cosimo Matassa
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Matassa, Cosimo (Sound Engineer). “Lucille” (B.B. King version) Post 19. (https://youtu.be/-Y8QxOjuYHg).

Willie Mitchell & The Troggs
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Mitchell, Willie (The Troggs). “Wild Thing” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/gSWInYFVksg) (RQ 10).

Van Morrison
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Morrison, Van. “Moondance, Gloria, Brown-Eyed Girl” Posts 7, 31 & 33 (https://youtu.be/UfmkgQRmmeE) (RQ 10).

Johnny Otis
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Otis, Johnny. “Willie and the Hand Jive” Post 8 (https://youtu.be/xb6YTePA14E) (RQ 10).

Roy Orbison
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Orbison, Roy. Many pictures of him shows him wearing sunglasses said to counter stage fright. In his adult life he experienced two tragedies. In 1966, while riding a motorcycle together, his wife Claudette was killed. Then, in 1968, his home burnt down killing his two sons while he was on tour. On December 6, 1988 he died from a heart attack. “Oh Pretty Woman & Crying” Posts 8 & 33 (https://youtu.be/_PLq0_7k1jk) (RQ 8)

Carl Perkins
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Perkins, Carl. “Blue Suede Shoes” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/mvsYRAc-BWA) (RQ 10).

Pink Floyd
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Pink Floyd. “Another Brick in the Wall, See Emily Play” Posts 1 & 33 (https://youtu.be/HrxX9TBj2zY) (RQ 10).

Elvis Presley
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Presley, Elvis. “Hound Dog, Love Me Tender & Heartbreak Hotel” Posts 8, 33 & 38. Elvis died on August 16, 1977 of heart disease at only 42 years of age. He sold more than a billion records which is an all time record. (https://youtu.be/e9BLw4W5KU8) (RQ 10).

Prince
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Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson). “Purple Rain” Post 38. Died on April 21, 2016 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He was only 57 years old. (https://youtu.be/S6Y1gohk5-A) (RQ 10).

Procol Harum
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Procol Harum. “Whiter Shade of Pale” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/ayCLDucoBxI) (RQ 9).

Question Mark & The Mysterians
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Question Mark & The Mysterians. “96 Tears” Posts 6, 33, 35 (https://youtu.be/bOCOMYGIfUQ) (RQ 10).

Quicksilver Messanger Service
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Quicksilver Messenger Service. “Fresh Air” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/7ejj81Y2ZlM) (RQ 9).

Renata & Samuel
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Renata & Samuel. (Dance Jungle Jive) “Boogie Woogie” 54 (https://youtu.be/mmGngnZZP6o) (RQ 9).

Rockabilly
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Rockabilly. “100 Golden Songs” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/ACWCj0Be2vA) (RQ 10).

Rocksteady Reggae Hits
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Rocksteady. “Raggae Hits” Post 48 (https://youtu.be/0HrHuLa7y1E) (RQ 10).

Kenny Rogers
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Rogers, Kenny & The First Edition. Rock ‘n Roll. 2 of 23 Genres. Kenny died on March 20, 2020 at the age of 81. “Just Dropped In to See What My Condition Was In.” (https://youtu.be/meJP410N9Gg) (RQ 9).

Rollingstones
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Rolling Stones. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, Paint It Black” . Formed in London in 1962. Led by lead singer Mick Jagger (third from left) along with guitar virtuoso Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman (bassist) and drummer Charlie Watts. They have sold more than 200 million records. Posts 11, 17, 33 & 38 (https://youtu.be/MSSxnv1_J2g) (RQ 10+).

Rush
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Rush. “Working Man” Post 11. (https://youtu.be/iIGKlicb8n0).

Bobby Rydell
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Rydell, Bobby. “Volare” Post 11 (https://youtu.be/7seu5KXBUuc) (RQ 10).

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
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Ryder, Mitch (& The Detroit Wheels). “Jenny Take a Ride & Devil with the Blue Dress On” Posts 11 & 33 (https://youtu.be/y1PE_YsSNkQ) (RQ 9).

Ivete Sangalo
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Sangalo, Ivete. “O Mundo Vai” Post 48. (https://youtu.be/XzD3yaS9nRY).

Santana
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Santana. “Evil Ways” Post 51 (https://youtu.be/6EMqXsy_Zwo) (RQ 10).

Joanna Serenko
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Serenko, Joanna. (18 yrs old) “Lean on Me” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/6ePlz_ZYESQ) (RQ 9).

Sha Na Na
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Sha Na Na. “Duke of Earl” Post 51 (https://youtu.be/TR6sib5itfs) (RQ 8).

Dee Dee Sharp
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Sharp, Dee Dee. “Mashed Potato Time” Post 54 (https://youtu.be/roh-TtGqt7Y) (RQ 10).

Eddie Shuler
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Shuler, Eddie (All Star Revellers). “Jambalaya Boogie” (Zydeco) Post 48 (https://youtu.be/VT9eYQ5lw1o) (RQ 10).

Staple Singers
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Staple Singers. “For What Its Worth” Post 14 (https://youtu.be/H3g2_5atEh0) (RQ 8).

Steppenwolf
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Steppenwolf. “Born to Be Wild & Magic Carpet Ride” Posts 15 & 33 (https://youtu.be/igvP806798U) (RQ 10).

Sting
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Sting. “Shape of My Heart” Post 56. Gordon Sumner is the lead singer as he was beforehand for The Police. (https://youtu.be/NlwIDxCjL-8) (RQ 10).

Gale Storm
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Storm, Gale. “I Hear You Knocking” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/MadxdAWdSa8) (RQ 9).

Charlotte Summers
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Summers, Charlotte. (13 yrs old) “I Put a Spell on You” Post 37 (https://youtu.be/Q7SrqxBCmSY) (RQ 9).

Ten Years After
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Ten Years After. “I’m Going Home” Post 51 (https://youtu.be/3_p_CoubEYI) (RQ 9).

The Animals
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The Animals. “House of the Rising Sun” Post 12 (https://youtu.be/4-43lLKaqBQ) (RQ 10).

The Association
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The Association. “Cherish” Post 12 (https://youtu.be/b9tAdPN3FZ4) (RQ 10+).

The Band
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The Band. “The Weight” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/QWu-f7HFFJE) (RQ 10).

The Beatles
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Paul McCartney
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The Beatles. “Yesterday (Paul McCartney) & Love Me Do” Posts 12 & 17. Formed in Liverpool in 1960. Besides Paul, the other members were John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. John was murdered in 1980 and George died of cancer in 2001. They are the all time second best-selling music act (Elvis is first) with more than 600 million records worldwide. (https://youtu.be/NrgmdOz227I) (RQ 10).

The Big Bopper
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The Big Bopper (Jiles Richardson). “Chantilly Lace” Post 51. At 28, on February 2, 1959, he died in a small plane crash in Iowa along with Buddy Holly (22) and Richie Valens (17). (https://youtu.be/6LWBX97qDFk) (RQ 10+).

The Bryds
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The Bryds. David Crosby was a member of the band. “Mr. Tambourine Man” Post 30 (https://youtu.be/NyOzGPbn2tg) (RQ 10+).

The Contours
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The Contours. “Do You Love Me” Post 6. (https://youtu.be/3EoI-6lQFIE).

The Count Five
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The Count Five. “Psychotic Reaction” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/lrsGz6mQuN4) (RQ 10).

The E-Street Band (Bruce Springsteen)
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The E-Street Band (Bruce Springsteen). “Born to Run” Post 19 (https://youtu.be/IxuThNgl3YA) (RQ 9).

The Doors
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The Doors. “Light My Fire”. Jim Morrison was their lead singer. Post 12 & 17 (https://youtu.be/qoX6AKuYWL8) (RQ 10+).

The Folkswingers
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The Folkswingers. “Paint It Black” (Raga Rock) Post 48 (https://youtu.be/aXFr0yMHSvg) (RQ 10).

The Four Seasons
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The Four Seasons. Since 1960, Francesco Stephen Castelluccio or better known as Frankie Valli was the lead singer. “Sherry” Post 1 (https://youtu.be/W_duSjGwiKE) (RQ 10). “Big Girls Don’t Cry” Post 1. (https://youtu.be/zRZpaxBMJRU). (RQ 9) and “Walk Like a Man” Post 1 (https://youtu.be/GzoIvwNqKpw).

The Guess Who
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The Guess Who. A Canadian group not to be confused with the English group called The Who. “No Time” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/Gzlq_aEJ008) (RQ 10+).

The Kingsmen
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The Kingsmen. “Louie Louie” (1963 recording) Post 6 (https://youtu.be/xKt75jUuKJY) (RQ 10). The band attracted nationwide attention when “Louie Louie” was banned by the governor of Indiana, Matthew E. Welsh, also attracting the attention of the FBI because of alleged indecent lyrics in their version of the song. The lyrics were, in fact, innocent, but Ely’s baffling enunciation permitted teenage fans and concerned parents alike to imagine the most scandalous obscenities. The lyrics less the chorus: Fine little girl waits for me
Catch a ship across the sea
Sail that ship about, all alone
Never know if I make it home.

Three nights and days I sail the sea
Think of girl, constantly
On that ship, I dream she’s there
I smell the rose in her hair.

See Jamaica, the moon above
It won’t be long, me see me love
Take her in my arms again
Tell her I’ll never leave again.

The Kinks
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The Kinks. “You Really Got Me” Posts 5 & 38 (https://youtu.be/02TiweAPm4I) (RQ 10+).

The Rivieras
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The Rivieras. “California Sun” (instrumental) Post 36 (https://youtu.be/HF1tyjvH9is) (RQ 10).

The Rolling Stones
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The Rolling Stones. Began in London in 1962. Members: Mick Jagger (lead vocal), Keith Richards (lead guitar), Brian Jones (multi instruments), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). “Gimmie Shelter” Post 56 (https://youtu.be/QeglgSWKSIY) (RQ 10).

The Rondels
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The Rondels. “Back Beat #1” (instrumental) Post 11 (https://youtu.be/2ui48a_z6Wo) (RQ 10)

The Seeds
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The Seeds. “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” Post 36 (https://youtu.be/fSqMaqKs9Eg) (RQ 10).

The Stooges
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The Stooges. “Search and Destroy” Post 6 (https://youtu.be/CqIgJWZKlJo) (RQ 10).

The Tonettes
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The Tonettes. “Oh! What a Baby” Post 51 (https://youtu.be/SkPjmzhvmyU) (RQ 10).

The Virtues
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The Virtues were an early American rock and roll band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The group formed around leader Frank Virtue (January 21, 1923 – June 11, 1994), who played the violin as a child and took up the guitar and the double bass as a teenager. He continued with the latter as a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and studied orchestration at Temple University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and became bandleader of the Regular Navy Dance Band in United States Naval Training Center Bainbridge. He was discharged in 1946 because his father, who had been diagnosed with cancer, could no longer support his family. Virtue considered putting together a big band but, due to financial constraints, assembled an amplified trio instead, with Ralph Frederico on the piano and Steve Rossi on the guitar. Virtue named the band the Virtuoso Trio after their formation in 1947. The Virtuoso Trio toured the regional club circuit for the better part of a decade, playing as far as Canada and making regular appearances on Philadelphia radio and television. They performed as a backup ensemble for Patti Page, Rosemary Clooney, Dick Haymes, June Christy, and others. When local Pennsylvanians Bill Haley & the Comets hit big in the mid-1950s, Virtue found a receptive audience in the teenagers who loved the nascent rock and roll craze. By this time, the group’s lineup had expanded, with Virtue on the bass, John Renner on the saxophone, Jimmy Bruno on guitar, Joe Vespe on drums, and Dave Kaplin as an occasional vocalist. Under the name the Virtues, they released a rock reworking of Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith’s country hit “Guitar Boogie” in 1958 under the title “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” (https://youtu.be/66lbsGLZ3as) (RQ 9), on the Hunt label. The instrumental became a major hit in the U.S., peaking at #27 on the Black Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. The single also became a sheet music smash, selling well worldwide. Several singles followed – “Flippin”, “Boogie Woogie”, “Vaya con Dios” – but none of them succeeded; the group was signed by ABC-Paramount, but their only return to the charts was with the 1962 release “Guitar Boogie Shuffle Twist” (U.S. #95). Towards the end of 1962, Virtue disbanded the group and pursued a career as a record producer and recording engineer. His studio, Virtue Recording Studios, located at 1618 N. Broad St., was one of the top studios in Philadelphia for a number of years until closing in the early 1980s. Producing and mixing (with his wife Mary Anne Virtue) groups such as “Society’s Child”, a top 40 band from the Wilmington, Delaware area. His original studio, in the basement of his house on Fayette Street, was where “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” was originally recorded.

The Who
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The Who. “Pinball Wizard & My Generation” Posts 21 & 33. Formed in London in 1964. Members included: Pete Townsend (one of the best all time guitarists), Keith Moon (drums), Roger Daltrey, and John Entwistle. Not to be confused with the Canadian band called The Guess Who. (https://youtu.be/hHc7bR6y06M) (RQ 10).

The Yardbirds
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The Yardbirds. (featuring Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck) “For Your Love” Posts 22 & 33 (https://youtu.be/yKI7c9x2lbM) (RQ 10+).

The Zombies
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The Zombies. “She’s Not There & Time of the Season” Posts 22 & 33 (https://youtu.be/it68QbUWVPM) (RQ 10).

Traffic
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Traffic. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” Post 6. Steve Winwood was a member. (https://youtu.be/sS_eHdqcrM8) (RQ 10).

Tina Turner
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Turner, Tina. “Proud Mary” Post 33 (https://youtu.be/TTfYnRQgKgY) (RQ 9).

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
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Vincent, Gene & His Blue Caps. “The Bluejean Bop” Post 54 (https://youtu.be/_c97IAgg7-c) (RQ 9).

Zager and Evans
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Zager and Evans. “In the Year 2525” Posts 33 & 35 (https://youtu.be/l3yDLvp9le0) (RQ 10).

Frank Zappa
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Zappa, Frank. “Don’t Eat Yellow Snow” Post 22 (https://youtu.be/shq0PoqGp84) (RQ 9).