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Wynonie Harris: The First Rocker?

The question of who released the first rock and rock song is probably impossible to resolve, but Wynonie Harris' "Good Rockin' Tonight" is one of the strongest candidates. Harris, who was every bit as good as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley, is sometimes classified as a jump blues artist, but GRT (1947) sure sounds like rock to me. In any case, his work belongs in every collection of 20th Century American music.


Born: August 24, 1915 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

No blues shouter embodied the rollicking good times that he sang of quite like raucous shouter Wynonie Harris. "Mr. Blues," as he was not-so-humbly known, joyously related risque tales of sex, booze, and endless parties in his trademark raspy voice over some of the jumpingest horn-powered combos of the postwar era. Those wanton ways eventually caught up with Harris, but not before he scored a raft of R&B smashes from 1946 to 1952. He was already a seasoned dancer, drummer, and singer when he left...
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