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According to rock historian Joseph Burns the world’s oldest rock and roll song has been narrowed down to “That’s All Right Mama” by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. He believes the song could contain the first ever guitar solo break.

He gives Crudup the nod because “That’s All Right Mama” was the first song to contain all of the elements that he says are associated with rock and roll:-

1. Music that draws heavily from blues and country in a hit form that’s often danceable.
2. There should be hints of jazz, gospel or folk influence.
3. There should also be some technology influence.

“It’s a lot to ask of one song,” he said. “Few fit the bill.”

Candidates he and others have considered for the honor include “How High the Moon” by Les Paul and Mary Ford; “The Honey Dripper” by Joe Liggens; “Boogie Chllen'” by John Lee Hooker; “Saturday Night Fish Fry” by Louis Jordan; “The Fat Man” by Fats Domino; “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets; and “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats.



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