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The First Rock and Roll Recording, Named After First American Muscle Car? (March 3 – March 5, 1951)


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." 

 However:

"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).