The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 36
Good Rocking Tonight
Every show, in the intro, where Renee announces the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman, she tells the listener that Rhythm & Blues would sink into oblivion and today I'm going to try and find the answer why. And the explanation is closely connected to the birth of Rock 'n Roll so I'm going to re-tell that story again, inspired by a very interesting web page, Morgan Wright's Hoyhoy.com.
The story starts with that groundbreaking record that I lent the title of this episode from. From there I'll show you how African American Rock 'n Roll got off around the turn of the decade, but after it changed into mainstream, general audience music played by white artists, that old Rhythm & Blues never regained interest again - apart from a general interest in roots music, decades later, and a small audience that re-found this exciting, rollicking music.