On March 3-5, 1951 American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer Ike Turner and his band, the Kings of Rhythm, recorded the rhythm and blues song, Rocket 88 in Memphis, Tennessee. This " hymn of praise" for the first American muscle car, the Oldsmobile Rocket 88, which had been introduced in 1949, has been called "the first rock and roll song."
"Rock 'n' roll was an evolutionary process – we just looked around and it was here. . . . To name any one record as the first would make any of us look a fool."
—Billy Vera, Foreword to "What Was the First Rock'n'Roll Record", Jim Dawson and Steve Propes, 1992" (Wikipedia article on First rock and roll recording, accessed 06-01-2009).