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Friday, 22 November 2019

From Gospel to Rock 'n' Roll

Little Richard thought that he had discovered that exciting train rhythm! The beat is discussed by Charles Connor in "Rock 'n' Roll America" (from 54.45 minute point).

There's a man goin' round taking names...

"The song builds on "It Must Be Jesus" by the Southern Tones, which Ray Charles was listening to on the radio while on the road with his band in the summer of 1954. He and a member of his band, trumpeter Renald Richard, penned a song that was built along a gospel-frenetic pace with secular lyrics and a jazz-inspired rhythm and blues (R&B) background" - Wikipedia

Gospel and Trad Jazz

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