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us: Rockabilly music

  • This heading is assigned to rockabilly music for two or more performers.
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  • Variants

    • us: Rock-a-billy music
    • us: Rockabilly music--United States
  • Broader Terms

    • us: Blues (Music)
    • us: Country music
    • us: Rock music
  • Sources

    • found: 9000 words (Rockabilly)
    • found: Hennepin (Rockabilly)
    • found: Rock-a-billy from Tennessee [SR] 1982.
    • found: New Grove dict. of mus. WWW site, Mar. 5, 2012 (The earliest recognized style of rock and roll by white performers. Its practitioners were white southerners in the USA who had been attracted to and learned from the music of African-Americans; they called it country rock, but music industry figures and fans dubbed it rockabilly as a different way of signifying the merger of blues and hillbilly styles.)
    • found: New Grove dict. of Amer. mus. (The earliest style of white rock-and-roll, which blended blues with country music; the term is a combination of "rock" and "hillbilly." Rockabilly was created in the early 1950s in Sam Phillips's Sun Records studio in Memphis; it was characterized by an exuberant, twanging electric lead guitar, a rollicking, slapping string bass line, a percussively strummed acoustic rhythm guitar, punctuating drums, and a vocal style marked by insinuating yelps, hiccups, stuttering, and teasing inflections.)
  • LC Classification

    • ML3535
  • General Notes

    • This heading is assigned to rockabilly music for two or more performers.
  • Editorial Notes

    • see also headings for music of individual instruments followed by the qualifier "(Rockabilly)" and the subdivisions [Methods (Rockabilly)] and [Studies and exercises (Rockabilly)] under individual musical instruments and families of instruments
  • Change Notes

    • 1987-06-25: new
    • 2012-05-03: revised
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