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who wrote and performed American Pie

Don Mclean

How many takes did American Pie take to perfect


In what year was American Pie recorded


Who is Lonnie Donegan

skiffle artist! from england


type of music with jass and blues influence usually produced with homemade and/or household instruments

First person in the US to make his living as a full time professional song writer

Steven Foster (oh susanna)

American popular culture has been closely bound up with....


%0's pop icon who was touring with buddy holly but refused to ride in an airplane that ended up crashing and killing everyone

Dion Demucci

People who were associated with cruise-line ships that traveled between NY and Liverpool

Cunard Yanks

Who invented the phonograph

Thomas Edison

What year was the phonograph invented


Best known composer of ragtime music

Scott Joplin

Who sang "Im a loser"

John Lennon

Al Nevins and Don Kershner created this music publishing company


The company lasted 5 years and was housed in this building

BRILL Building in NYC

Recording engineer and something producer for a vast majority of records released by atlantic records in the 50s 60s and 70s

Tom Dowd

Chuck Berry recorded Maybellene. What did Frato and Freed do to get credit for the song.

Nothing at all. they should not have gotten credit

Richard Wayne Penniman's stage name...

Little Richard

This singer used techniques which looked forward to the techniques of the 1960's such a double tracking

Buddy Holly

Of 5 early rock and roll stars, this one was the only one who didnt write their own songs

Elvis Presley

First distinctively american form of popular culture


Ex brill building demo singer who released the album graceland

Paul Simon

Graceland features music from a group from

South Africa

Scene in the movie O Brother where Art Thou, THE MAN AT THE CROSSROADS

robert johnson

The family name

The carters

paying a dj to play a song


biggest promoter of rock n roll in 54 and 55. played rhythm and blues (working black music... sweaty and dancey music)

Allan Freed

John Lennons mom


Who did John Lennon grow up with


John Lennon's first rock n roll song

Rocket 88

Famous american artist who invented the scratchy guitar sound

Bo Diddley

coined the term rhythm and blues

Jerry Wrexler

range of human hearing

20 Hz - 20,000 Hz

early recordings used

no electricity or microphones

granted a patent for a flat disk gramophone thus making the production of copies practical

emile berlinger in 1887

45 RPM=

1 song/side. a single

started a microphone company in germany

georg neumnn

father of the blues. "walking in memphis


vibrations per second


800 mpr

speed of sound

molecules sitting stagnant in air. jam them up and you make a...

pressure wave

vibrations transmitted through a solid liquid or gas


gas that prefer to be evenly spaced.


Berry Gordy...

detroit, motown, blacks ran all the financial aspects, cared about performances and songs

phil spector...

phille records

2nd biggest recording artist of the 50's... behind elvis

fats domino

first real recording female start of rock and roll

connie francis

female elvis

Janis Martin

the blonde bombshell

Jo Anne Campbell

biggest selling solo artist of any period and biggest star to come from the country


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