Rockabilly

Rockabilly

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.
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New Rockabilly Shop Essex ….. X

Well…. how many of you living in the Essex area have felt the need to travel to London or Brighton to find some exciting Repro 1950’s Rockabilly clothes and accessories? well look no further… A Delightful little shop called Rockamilly has opened up in the heart of Rochford Essex, I had the pleasure of being invited to the opening of the shop on Sat 16th of May. With a warm welcome by proprietor Kirsty, the shop was buzzing with people. With the 1950’s music playing on the jukebox  I felt absorbed by the atmosphere and the great selection of colourful clothes and accessories, If you are into the 50’s Rockabilly scene a visit is a must! …. X

25 West Street, Rochford, Essex, SS41BE

http://www.rockamilly.com

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