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Looking for material for Big Mama to record, Otis consulted two white college kids who had been pestering him to use some of their songs. ” The combination of Leiber and Stoller’s humorous country-tinged lyric, Johnny Otis’s drumming, and Thornton’s powerful, raspy singing produced one of the top-selling R&B records of 1953. Most people today know “Hound Dog” through Elvis Presley’s version of the song. If you are familiar only with Presley’s version, the original recording may come as a revelation.
The late 1930s jazz recordings of the King Cole Trio, with its instrumentation of piano, bass, and guitar, were a more immediate influence on postwar blues crooners, although Cole’s later recordings took him well into the pop mainstream. The most successful blues crooner of the late 1940s and early 1950s was a soft-spoken Texas-born pianist and singer named Charles Brown. ’s Central Avenue. ” Over the next three years he recorded 10 Top 10 hits for Aladdin Records and became one of the most popular R&B singers nationwide.
49 Known as “Bird,” Charlie Parker was the principal genius stimulating the chromatically and rhythmically complex bebop style. “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. 50 51 The supremely creative John Coltrane explored the limits of bop and free jazz improvisation. 52 Successful and critically-acclaimed guitarist Pat Metheny has been touring for the last 30 years, playing 120-140 concerts each year. 53 Clockwise from above: Trumpeter Miles Davis stood at the forefront of multiple jazz revolutions, from 1950s “cool jazz” to 1970s jazz-rock-funk fusion.
American Popular Music (2008) by Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman