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23 May 2016
1950s rockabilly
Rockabilly music is musical whapatooli. Websters.com doesn't recognize the word, but anyone who was ever an adolescent probably has a very good handle on what it means. The website whapatooli.com defines it as being, "1) A punch-like alcoholic beverage whose ingredients include beer, rum, vodka, Kool Aid�, 7-Up�, ginger ale, and chunks of fruit. 2) A confused blend of loosely related items." It's definition #1 that many of us probably remember from those college parties (or perhaps not!), but #2 will be the one that fits rockabilly music. Or can it?

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Rockabilly is certainly a mixture of loosely-related items. A wholesome dose of country music, a bunch of blues, a handful of gospel, and a heaping portion of rhythm and Blues, all topped served by a pinch of jazz for flavoring. However wouldn't really call the background music a "confused" mixture of these ingredients.

Rockabilly music has a very logical structure with it. Like other forms of popular music such as country, blues, folk, etc, it's pretty easy to identify the sections of a rockabilly tune. But probably the music does seem confused with a people. It's certainly manic and energetic. And i also guess if you really analyzed it, you'd have to agree that any thinking person would doubt you could get away with throwing hardcore country licks over no-nonsense blues sensibility and are available up with a completely new genre of music. Sure, maybe it'd benefit a song or two here and there--sort of as a novelty--but you couldn't sustain a whole movement. And certainly not just one that would change the world of pop music forever!

That is exactly what happened. There was the blues there was country music there was even country blues. But none of it was rockabilly. Not at first. Not until it evolved and grew and the world was finally ready for rockabilly! When rockabilly finally arrived, this didn't come knocking politely at pop's door. It exploded onto the scene! It crashed through radio speakers and new TV screens in the form of a hip-shaking, golden-voiced kid named Elvis. As well as the explosion sparked countless fires around the globe. Soon the whole planet was ablaze with rockabilly.


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