On This Day May 12th in Rock & Roll History

On this day May 12, 1951 the # 1 record on America’s Rhythm & Blues Chart is “Rocket 88,” the song most rock historians consider to be the first rock and roll record. Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis, records this classic at the Memphis Recording Studios, which would soon become Sun Records. Sax player and lead singer Jackie Brenston and his band the Delta Cats are given all the credit. But in reality the band is the Kings of Rhythm with Ike Turner who would later discover and marry Tina Turner. Released on the Chess label, the 78 is worth up to $750.00 while the 45 can sell for as much as $5,000.00 today.

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