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Rocket 88: Early Rock & Roll (1951)

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Rocket '88 B-side: Come Back Where You Belong Released: April 1951 Recorded: March 1951 Label: Chess Songwriter: Jackie Brenston (credited), Ike Turner (uncredited) Producer: Sam Phillips The roots of rock and roll are in the rhythm and blues (then called " race music ") and country music (then called " hillbilly music .")  According to the writer Robert Palmer:  "Rock 'n' roll was an inevitable outgrowth of the social and musical interactions between blacks and whites in the South and Southwest. Its roots are a complex tangle; bedrock black church music influenced blues. Rural blues-influenced white folk songs and the black popular music of the Northern ghettos; blues, black pop-influenced jazz, and so on. But the most critical process was the influence of black music on white . Read more: " Present Tense . Duke University Press. pp. 13–38.

One Hit Wonders: The Trashmen (1963)

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Surfin' Bird Single by The Trashmen From the album Surfin' Bird B-side: King of the Surf Released: November 13, 1963 Recorded: 1963 Songwriters: Al Frazier, Carl White, Sonny Harris, Turner Wilson Jr. "Surfin' Bird is a medley made up of the choruses of two R&B classics by the '60s doo-wop group The Rivingtons : "The Bird Is the Word" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow." The brainchild of Trashmen drummer Steve Wahrer, the song was a quirky and consumable hit. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 on December 28, 1963.

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One Hit Wonders: Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1956)

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Clarence "Frogman" Henry Ain't Got No Home Songwriter: Clarence "Frogman" Henry Written: 1955 Recorded: 1956 In the United States, "Ain't Got No Home" by  Clarence "Frogman" Henry   reached number 3 on one of the Billboard R&B charts and number 20 on the Billboard Top 100 pop chart.  It ranks 98 on the N.M.E. magazine's list of  100 Best Songs of the 1950 s . Henry's contribution has been recognized by the  Rockabilly Hall of Fame . In April 2007, Henry was inducted into the  Louisiana Music Hall of Fame .

Rod Stewart: Sing It Again, Rod (1972)

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Sing It Again Rod Compilation album: Rod Stewart Released: August 10, 1973 Producer: Rod Stewart I bought the album, Sing It Again, Rod   soon after we arrived in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It was the first LP I purchased. I used my school lunch money. Records cost $4.50 at the Post Exchange, the department store on the military base. One of my favorite songs on it was "Handbags and Gladrags," written by the lead singer of Manfred Mann , Mike d'Abo. He describes the song as " saying to a teenage girl that the way to happiness is not through being trendy. There are deeper values. "

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs (1974)

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Diamond Dogs Studio album by David Bowie Released: May 24, 1974 Recorded: January–February 1974 Producer: David Bowie Halloween Jack is a character created by David Bowie for the 1974 Diamond Dogs album and tour. He is described as a " real cool cat " living in Hunger City. Some of this is inspired by the novel 1984 by George Orwell .  After David Bowie retired from the Ziggy Stardust character, he worked on two projects; an aborted musical about Ziggy and a musical adaption of George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Orwell's widow wouldn't grant permission to use the book. New songs, like  Rock 'n Roll With Me and Rebel, Rebel , ended up on Diamond Dogs. The other tracks were for his attempted 1984 musical.

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One Hit Wonders: John Fred & His Playboy Band (1968)

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Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred & His Playboy Band From the album: Agnes English B-side: Out of Left Field Released: October 1967 Songwriters: John Fred Gourrier, Andrew Bernard John Fred Gourrier was known by his stage name, John Fred. A blue-eyed American  soul, swamp pop, rock, and roll performer from Louisiana, he's best known for the hit single "Judy In Disguise (with Glasses),"   a parody of The Beatles ' " Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ."  According to one story, John Fred thought the lyric was " Lucy in disguise with diamonds " when he first heard the Beatles' number. But Fred said he came up with the idea while touring southern states in 1967 behind his minor hit "Agnes English."

David Bowie: Rock 'n Roll with Me (1974)

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Rock 'n' Roll With Me B-side: Panic in Detroit (live) Artist: David Bowie Album: Diamond Dogs Released: May 1974 Recorded: January 1974 Songwriters: David Bowie, Warren Peace "Rock 'n' Roll With Me" is a pop-power ballad written by David Bowie and Warren Peace.  A power ballad is a slow love song prevalent in nearly all popular music genres.  There are rock, soul, country, and even heavy metal ballads.  Dolly Parton 's song, " I Will Always Love You " (popularized by  Whitney Houston ), is an example of a pop power ballad. Celine Dion's " My Heart Will Go On " from the movie Titanic is another.

Pop-Up Video: Come On Eileen (1982)

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Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners B-side:   Dubious Released: June 25, 1982 Songwriters:  Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson, Billy Adams Dexys Midnight Runners  song "Come On Eileen" was  number 2 in the "Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of All Time" article on May 4, 2011. It lands at number 3  on the VH1 tally of the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders.  The song   won Best British Single at the  1983 Brit Awards . In 2015, it was voted by the British public as the nation's sixth favorite 1980s number one in a   poll for ITV .  It ranked number eighteen on   VH1's   100 Greatest Songs of the '80s .  Similar polls by the music channel VH1 placed the song at number three in the  100 Greatest One-hit Wonders  of all time and number one in their list of  100 Greatest   One-Hit Wonders of the 80s . 

One Hit Wonders: Frankie Ford (1959)

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"Sea Cruise" B-side: "Roberta" Released: 1959 Recorded: 1958 Songwriter: Huey "Piano" Smith  Frankie Ford and Me The year I was born, Frankie Ford had his only hit song, Sea Cruise. It came to my attention in 1978.  I was dating a guy named Chuck from the small town of Sardis, Georgia. Sardis was in Burke County. It was ' dry '; no alcohol could be sold within county limits.  Chuck's father had a still, and his favorite song was Sea Cruise. So, at one of Chuck's parent ' hoe-downs,'  I was introduced to Frankie Ford and moonshine. Liked the song a lot, but I mixed Coca-Cola with my whiskey and got a lot of laughs. Evidently, moonshine isn't for mixed drinks. Couldn't drink it straight. From then on, I was known in Sardis as the City Boy who couldn't handle his moonshine.

Cher: Dark Lady (1974)

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Dark Lady Artist:  Cher Album: Dark Lady B-side:  Two People Clinging to a Thread Released: February 1974 Songwriter: Johnny Durrill "Dark Lady" is the title track for Cher 's eleventh studio album. It was written by Johnny Durrill and released as a single in early 1974.  The song became Cher's third solo U.S. number 1 hit on March 23, 1974, and her last until " Believe ," 25 years later.

Sonny & Cher: I Got You Babe (1965)

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I Got You, Babe Artists: Sonny & Cher Album: Look at Us B-side : It's Gonna Rain Released: July 9, 1965 Recorded: 1965 Songwriter: Sonny Bono "I Got You Babe" was the first single from Sonny & Cher 's debut album Look at Us . In August 1965, it spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. 

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