Rock and Roll Night School: The First Rock and Roll Record

Wednesday, January 26: 7 p.m. - Wednesday, January 26: 8:30 p.m.

Special Guest:  Rock Hall President and CEO Terry Stewart


What is the FIRST rock and roll record?  It's one of the more debated topics in rock and roll history.  Was it Roy Brown's 1947 jump blues classic "Good Rockin' Tonight"?  Was rock and roll born in 1949 with Fats Domino's debut single "The Fat Man" or Jimmy Preston's "Rock the Joint"?  Was it 1951, which featured the distorted electric guitar sounds of Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88" as well as the racy lyrics of the Dominoes' "Sixty Minute Man"?  Does rock and roll begin when white artists start playing black rhythm and blues music, such as Bill Haley and His Comets' "Crazy Man Crazy" (1953) and "Rock Around the Clock" (1955).  Or was the first rock and roll song recorded way back in 1922 with Trixie Smith's "My Daddy Rocks Me With One Steady Roll"?  Other contenders include Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry" (1949), Wild Bill Moore's "Rock and Roll" (1949), The Crows' "Gee" (1953), the Chords "Sh-Boom" (1954) and Elvis Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)" (1954).  Come join us on Wednesday, January 26 for a special edition of Rock and Roll Night School featuring Rock Hall President (and avid record collector) Terry Stewart and the Museum's education department staff.   This promises to be a night full of great debates and, of course, A LOT of record spinning!  

Have your own candidate for the first rock and roll record?  Email us your thoughts to  

This event is free and reservations are not required.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education department presents Rock and Roll Night School, a monthly series of educational, discussion-based evening classes offered free of charge from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The award-winning education department leads the classes, which are geared towards adults interested in gaining more knowledge about rock and roll history. The program explores the history of rock and roll from its roots to its current incarnations.

Special attention is given to the music’s impact on society, its reception by fans, and its most innovative practitioners. Each class includes a presentation, music and video clips, and group discussions.

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