We often hear folk using the term Rockabilly but do we know where the term originates from?
In the USA in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the southern state of Tennessee was at the heart of country and western music, often known as “Hillbilly Music” because people came from the surrounding hills to Nashville, the capital, to play and listen to the music.
At the start of the 1950’s single artist and groups in the USA also started playing “Rock” music. Within a short while they were playing a combination of Rock and Country and Western (Hillbilly) and so by the mid 50’s ROCKABILLY Music was formed. It only spanned a few years as in the 60’s Pop music took over, but during those few years many legendary records were made.
Here are a few:-
Bill Hayley:- Rock Around the Clock 1955
Gene Vincent:- Be-Bop-A-Lula. 1956
Elvis Presley:- Blue Suede Shoes. 1956
Buddy Holly:- Peggy Sue. 1958
Eddie Cochran:- C’mon Everybody. 1959
Everyone has heard of Elvis “The King”, the older generation will have heard of the other artist. Younger people will recognise the songs even if they don’t know who recorded them, but few will realise that they, amongst many other records were the songs that started ROCKABILLY music.