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Rock and Roll. 1950’s - present American Made Mix of Country and Blues More styles than any other form of music Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Vocals Optional Sax, Trumpet, Trombone. Rock and Roll Original Form. Bill Haley and The Comets Originally a Country-Western band

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rock and roll
Rock and Roll
  • 1950’s - present
  • American Made
  • Mix of Country and Blues
  • More styles than any other form of music
  • Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Vocals
    • Optional Sax, Trumpet, Trombone
rock and roll original form
Rock and RollOriginal Form

Bill Haley and

The Comets

  • Originally a Country-Western band
  • First recorded Rock hit song: “Rock Around The Clock” 1953
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Rock and RollOriginal Form

Chuck Berry

  • Originally a Blues musician
  • First hit: “Maybellene” 1955
  • “Johnny B. Goode” 1956
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Rock and RollOriginal Form

Elvis Presley

  • First worked for RCA records 1954
  • First hit: “Heartbreak Hotel” 1956
rock and roll british invasion
Rock and RollBritish Invasion

The Beatles

  • Formed in 1960
  • Hit US market in 1964 with hit song “I Want To Hold Your Hand”
  • Members went on to record solo albums after the breakup in 1970
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Rock and RollBritish Invasion

The Rolling Stones

  • Formed in 1962 as a Blues Band
  • First recording “Come On” written by Chuck Berry 1963
  • Longest running rock band in history
rock and roll folk rock
Rock and RollFolk Rock

Bob Dylan

  • Real Name:
    • Robert Zimmerman
  • Song lyrics were about US Civil Rights and Anti-War
    • 1963 – present

(Blowin’ In The Wind)

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Rock and RollFolk Rock
  • The Eagles
    • Formed in 1971, Los Angeles, CA
    • Most successful group of the 70’s
    • Disbanded 1980
      • Some members had successful solo careers
    • Reunited 1994
    • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1998
rock and roll progressive rock
Rock and RollProgressive Rock

Pink Floyd

  • Formed in 1965 in London as a Blues band
  • The name was from two blues musicians
    • Pink Anderson
    • Floyd Council
  • 1973 was the first successful album “Dark Side of the Moon”
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Rock and RollProgressive Rock


  • Formed in 1968 in London
  • Most personnel and style changes of any surviving rock band
    • Progressive, Symphonic, Art, Psychedelic, Pop
rock and roll southern rock
Rock and RollSouthern Rock

Grateful Dead

  • Formed in 1965 in CA as a jug band
  • Famous for live performances with long improvised solos
  • The name was retired upon the death of lead Jerry Garcia in 1995
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Rock and RollSouthern Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • Formed in 1964 in Jacksonville, FL as the ‘Noble Five’
  • Three members died in a plane crash in 1977
  • Most popular songs: ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ & ‘Free Bird’
rock and roll heavy metal
Rock and RollHeavy Metal

Led Zeppelin

  • Formed in 1968 as the New Yardbirds in London
  • 6 of their 9 albums reached number 1
  • Drummer John Bonham’s 1980 death
  • “Stairway To Heaven”
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Rock and RollHeavy Metal


  • Formed in 1981 in Los Angeles
  • Also classified in “Thrash Metal”
  • 5 of their 9 albums debuted as number 1
rock and roll hard rock
Rock and RollHard Rock


  • Formed in 1968 in Toronto, Ontario
  • 3rd in album sales for a rock band
  • Famous for virtuoso musicianship and complex songs
  • Also known for progressive rock and heavy metal
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Rock and RollHard Rock

Van Halen

  • Formed in California in 1972 as “Genesis”
  • Eddie & Alex
  • Wolfgang
  • Most #1 hit singles of any other rock band
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Rock and RollHard Rock


  • Formed in 1973 in Australia by brothers Malcolm & Angus Young
  • 2nd single hit included bagpipes
  • Bon Scott
rock and roll rock opera
Rock and RollRock Opera

The Who

  • Formed in 1964 in London
  • Original style similar to British Invasion
  • Rock Opera “Tommy” released in 1969
  • Disbanded in 1983
  • Reformed in 2006
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Rock and RollRock Opera


  • Formed in 1968 in London as “Smile”
  • 1974 Farrokh Bulsara joined the band and renamed it to “Queen”
  • Used a variety of styles including pop, heavy metal, ballads, ragtime, progressive…
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
rock and roll pop rock
Rock and RollPop Rock


  • “Rock and Roll Band with Horns”
  • Formed in 1967 as “The Big Thing”
  • 1968 Moved to LA
  • 1994 Released a Jazz Album
  • Currently back to the original style
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Rock and RollPop Rock

Elton John

  • Reginald Dwight
  • 1962-69 Pub Piano Player
  • First Album 1969 “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
  • Recent fame for music from Disney’s “The Lion King”
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Rock and RollPop Rock

Billy Joel

  • 1967 founded a band “Echoes” at 14
  • 23-time Grammy nominee
  • “The Piano Man”
  • Performed with many famous musicians many famous places
rock and roll punk rock
Rock and RollPunk Rock

The Clash

  • Formed in 1976 in London
  • Gave up friendships and recreation to practice their music
  • A rocky beginning with CBS records eventually became very successful
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Rock and RollPunk Rock

Talking Heads

  • Formed in 1975 in New York
  • Also New Wave, Pop Funk and Avant-Garde
  • “Burning Down The House”
rock and roll alternative folk
Rock and RollAlternative / Folk


  • Formed in 1980 in Athens, GA
  • 1st major hit came in 1987
  • Lyrics are mostly politically based
  • 1990 added mandolin, organ and acoustic guitar
rock and roll alternative rock
Rock and RollAlternative Rock

Dave Matthews

  • Formed in 1991 in Charlottsville, Virginia
  • Saxophone, Harmonica & Violin
  • Known for performing for cause and charity events
  • September 2012, Tied the Eagles for most #1 albums
rock and roll pop punk
Rock and RollPop Punk

Green Day

  • Formed in 1987 in East Bay, CA under the name “Sweet Children”
  • MTV aided to the success
  • Album “American Idiot” made into a Broadway play
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Rock and RollPop Punk


  • Formed in 1992 in Poway, CA
  • “Blink” already used
  • Started their 1st tour in a borrowed van
  • “Cheshire Cat” goes viral by pirates
rock and roll screamo
Rock and RollScreamo


  • Formed in 1997 in Amherst, MA
  • Emoviolence, Post Hardcore
  • Only recoded 3 albums on vinyl
  • Disbanded in 2002
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Rock and RollScreamo


  • Formed in 2001 in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Formed from a 3 band breakup
  • Popular by word of mouth