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… was originally, according to Billboard Magazine, Rhythm & Blues music. This was until Producer Sam Phillips (Sun Records), the ‘inventor’ of Rock & Roll, started promoting little known artists in the 1950s, who had an original, imperfect sound. He had an ear for great music, away from the commercial ‘smooth’ sound. He made artists believe in him, by making them believe in themselves. New talent used to walk-in into his office and some of them got lucky.
One of them was Elvis Presley, who walked into Sam Phillips office in 1953, as an eighteen year old wannabe singer.
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Elvis Presley was made to rule the world, and is rightly called the King of Rock & Roll. Normally he was shy, polite and a little bashful, but once he got on stage, he turned into a monster rocker, a gyrating fireball, with a charming smile.
... was the original name given by Billboard to the genre which was later called Rhythm & Blues.
He was not looking to make big money. His heart always wanted to do something great and original, to leave a mark. He recorded new music from upcoming artists, only to stop doing that once the real surge in sales was about to begin.
Alan Freed, a music DJ and radio jockey, was an insider in the world of R & B and was the one who coined the name ‘Rock & Roll’ to the particular kind of new R & B, listened to by white kids. This repositioned the music product and took it to ‘rocking’ heights eventually.
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