Essay heading: A Brief History of Rock and Roll and The Woodstock Music Festival of 1969

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February 16, 1997

 

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This meaning was used metaphorically in such records as Buddy Jones' "Rockin' Rollin' Mama" which was produced in 1939. Rocking was a term also used by gospel singers in the South to mean something referencing to spiritual rapture. A double meaning came to popular awareness in 1947 in blues artist Roy Brown's song "Good Rockin Tonight” in which "rocking" was about dancing but was in fact a thinly-veiled allusion to sex...
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A double meaning came to popular awareness in 1947 in blues artist Roy Brown's song "Good Rockin Tonight” in which "rocking" was about dancing but was in fact a thinly-veiled allusion to sex. Such double-images were nothing new in blues music (which was mostly limited in exposure to jukeboxes and clubs) but were new to the radio airwaves...
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