The post-War years leading up to the arrival of Rock'n'Roll provided jukeboxes and airwaves alike with a rich and varied menu. The US, with its distinctive regional identities, was fertile ground for that diversity be it jazz-tinged R&B from Northern cities like Chicago, Western Swing from the Texas prairies, Hillbilly from the backwoods of Arkansas or the soul-drenched Blues of the rural South. The fusion of predominantly black R&B and white C&W would later give rise to a new sound - Rock'n'Roll.
This 2CD set explores the ground-breaking recordings and artists which helped light the blue touch paper and set the scene for the Rock'n'Roll explosion. Reading like a role call of honour - Hank Williams, Chuck Willis, Ray Charles, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, Bob Wills, Wynonie Harris, Louis Jordan, Moon Mullican, Bill Haley - every one played their part in changing the face of popular music and never again would it be so easy to pigeon-hole.
Of special interest to collectors will be Sonny Dae's original recording of Rock Around The Clock, the song most often credited as having put Rock'n'Roll well and truly on the map and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Although Bill Haley's version is undeniably the better known, this collection explores some of the recordings and artists who influenced Haley and in so doing played a part in his laying down the definitive teenage anthem!